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Since February 2009, over 40 million doses of Gardasil have been distributed globally. Have you studied this vaccine, and what are your thoughts on its use?
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1.
Since February 2009, over 40 million doses of Gardasil have been distributed globally. Have you studied this vaccine, and what are your thoughts on its use?
Gardasil is a vaccine for use in the prevention of certain strains of human papillomavirus, specifically HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18. This vaccine is one of the most recent vaccines included on the childhood immunization schedule. Many parents have conflicted feelings about their children being given this vaccine. Remember, when an interviewer asks your opinion, he may not always expect you to agree with his. Nevertheless, be respectful with your answer no matter what your opinion is.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have studied FDA and CDC recommendations regarding vaccines in limited detail. Like most new medications or research projects, vaccines are commonly under scrutiny. It is understandable that a person who is not educated on how vaccines work would be apprehensive about them. For me, personally, if there is anything I can do to help reduce the risk of developing cancer, I want to do it."
Darby's Answer #2
"I have studied the use of Gardisil as a preventive vaccine. While I understand that some people view vaccines as a negative option in preventive care, I am supportive of any attempt to help reduce the risk of disease. I have found that the benefits outweigh the risks associated with Gardisil, like any other vaccine."
2.
Are you familiar with what nitrites are and how they affect the human body?
The goal of research is to recognize ways to prevent or develop ways to effectively treat and cure. Those who work in cancer research support that idea that a healthy diet is one thing we all can do in an effort to maintain wellness. Nitrites are chemical additives used to preserve and add flavoring to most lunch meats, including cold cuts and hot dogs. Once in the body, they react with body chemicals and turn into cancer-causing carcinogens. Having knowledge of things like nitrites will show the interviewer your level of interest in learning and educating others. Share any knowledge you have.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have always found it interesting how the foods we consume affect us on a cellular level. The effect that nitrites have on a body is astounding, especially knowing the amount of processed foods that so many people consume. I have participated in some continuing education classes and have taught a few classes regarding cancer fighting foods."
Darby's Answer #2
"I have recently spent some time researching optimal diets for cancer patients. One thing that all researchers agreed upon was that processed foods, especially lunch meats and hotdogs should be avoided because of the nitrites in those types of foods.."
3.
Lilly Oncology is supportive of employers who interested in continuing their education. Have you thought of furthering your degree, and if so, would you stay within the research industry?
There are people who choose a career and later return to school. Some have the objective is to get a higher degree in the same field or to change careers altogether. This question gives the interviewer an opportunity to know you and what your future plans may be. In turn, your answer allows the interviewer the chance to see where you may fit within Lilly Oncology now and in the future. If you have thoughts of continuing your education, don't be afraid to share that with the interviewer. Just remember to point out why you feel you would be an asset to Lilly Oncology now.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have considered going back to college a few times, but at this point in my life, research is my passion. I feel I am already in an industry that is important and growing. I feel like, if I were to take any additional classes, I would want them to be something that would add value to the education and experience I have now."
Darby's Answer #2
"I love research and am comfortable where I am, at this point in my career. I have considered in years to come, when I am older, I may transition slightly into the realm of education within medical research. That way I can still do research and have some input, but I could also educate those who are coming into the field after me. For now, though, I am very happy with what I am doing and really look forward to seeing where you think I will be the greatest asset at Lilly Oncology."
4.
An estimated 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States annually. Have you ever participated in any research that is focused on childhood cancer?
While cancer is a devastating diagnosis, childhood cancer is all the more devastating. The thought behind this is that, while some cancers are not caused by lifestyles such as smoking or other risk factors, most childhood cancers deal with some type of genetics or unintentional exposure to carcinogens. Some researchers focus only on childhood cancer causes and efforts for a cure. If you have never participated in any specific childhood cancer study, you may have attended a lecture or heard of some type of research. Anything you can share with the interviewer that shows your interest will be a positive part of this interview.

Darby's Answer #1
"While I have not participated in focused childhood cancer studies, I have attended some seminars regarding cancer research and some of the long-term effects that childhood cancer survivors experience vs. adult cancer survivors. If I were given an opportunity to participate in a focused study, childhood cancer would be one of the things I would choose."
Darby's Answer #2
"When I was beginning my career in research, I was given an assignment to choose a topic related to childhood cancer patients/survivors and present a report on that topic. I chose to focus on fertility issues related to childhood cancer survivors. I researched studies that had been conducted and interviewed some survivors. Many of those patients experienced premature menopause and were not able to have children of their own. While not all childhood cancer survivors experience this, based on the prior treatment that each of the survivors I interviewed had, the study revealed that radiation and chemotherapy treatment affected the ovaries and caused premature menopause. It was an interesting study."
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Research has shown that postmenopausal women who are more physically active are less likely to die from breast cancer. What are your thoughts as to why this may be so?
Estrogen is necessary for the body to function. In women, the ovaries are the main source of estrogen. In men, an enzyme converts testosterone to estrogen. Fat cells in both men and women can also make estrogen. This is why too much estrogen is commonly seen in obesity. In women, too much estrogen is linked to an increased risk for post-menopausal breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers.
While not everyone understands the link between obesity and cancer risks, having some general knowledge such as the facts stated here, is beneficial. Share your knowledge with the interviewer.

Darby's Answer #1
"I have to admit, I learned the hard way about obesity's relation to increased cancer risks. For most of my adult life, I battled obesity. My family practitioner gave me some educational material to read that was focused on health risks related to obesity. In that literature, there was an article about post-menopausal women who were obese having a higher risk for developing breast cancer. Until then, I never thought about the fat cells in our bodies creating estrogen. I think so much focus is put on the ovaries being the estrogen producing organ that we often overlook other factors."
Darby's Answer #2
"I have researched some studies regarding the occurrence of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Many people don't realize that,although ovaries produce estrogen, fat cells in our bodies also produce it. Although men and women both have estrogen in our bodies, women have a higher amount. Even after menopause, those who are overweight have an increased amount of estrogen in their bodies because of the fat cells producing it. Estrogen can cause an increased risk of breast cancer occurrence."
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