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UCSF Neuro-oncologists Engage Caregivers to Better Help Patients

July 29, 2011 Seeking to improve care for people with brain tumors, neuro-oncologists at UCSF Medical Center are beginning to look beyond the patient to engage a patient’s family, friends and other caregivers.

Customize Starting Age and Frequency of Mammograms

July 05, 2011 Mammograms should not be done on a one-size fits all basis, but instead should be personalized based on a woman’s age, the density of her breasts, her family history of breast cancer and other factors including her own values, according to a new study.

Champion Charities Gives UCSF $2.5 Million to Tackle Brain Disease

July 01, 2011 Former NFL players Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott recently presented a check for $2.5 million on behalf of Champion Charities to UCSF’s Brain Tumor Research Center to support its mission to eradicate brain disease.

UCSF-Led Team Decodes Evolution of Skin and Ovarian Cancer Cells

June 29, 2011 A team of researchers led by scientists at UCSF has developed a way to uncover the evolution of human cancer cells, determining the order in which mutations emerge in them as they wend their way from a normal, healthy state into invasive, malignant masses.

Ovarian Cancer Outcomes May Improve with "Dose-Dense" Chemotherapy

June 29, 2011 UCSF gynecologic oncologist John K. Chan, MD, is leading a nationwide endeavor to evaluate a new strategy called “dose-dense” chemotherapy to improve treatment outcomes for women with ovarian cancer.

Head-Shaving Event Draws Crowds, Raises Funds for Cancer Research

June 15, 2011 In a bold demonstration of support for the many children with cancer they have treated over the years, several UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital doctors, as well as hospital staff and community members, had their heads shaved bald to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. 

UCSF Child Oncologists to Participate in Head-Shaving Fundraiser

June 02, 2011 In a bold demonstration of support for the many children with cancer they have treated over the years, several UCSF doctors and other staff members will have their heads shaved bald in a special event on June 8 to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.

Brisk Walking May Help Men with Prostate Cancer, UCSF Study Finds

May 24, 2011 A study of 1,455 U.S. men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer has found a link between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression, according to scientists at UCSF and the Harvard School of Public Health.

UCSF Joins Caltech in Creative Problem Solving to Advance Health Care

May 23, 2011 Experts at UCSF and Caltech are pushing the boundaries of creative problem solving to address important clinical problems with the hope that the talent pool at both institutions, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, will advance health care innovation.

Childhood Cancer Survivors at Higher Risk for Future GI Complications

May 19, 2011 Individuals who are treated for cancer during childhood have a significantly higher risk of developing gastrointestinal (GI) complications — from mild to severe — later in life, according to a study led by UCSF.

UCSF Team Discovers Key to Fighting Drug-Resistant Leukemia

May 18, 2011 Targeting a protein that leukemia cells use to stay alive may be the key to fighting drug-resistant leukemia, a discovery that may make cancer drugs more powerful and help doctors formulate drug cocktails to cure more children of leukemia, a team led by UCSF researchers reports.

UCSF Scientists Discover Link Between Inflammation and Pancreatic Cancer

April 11, 2011 Solving part of a medical mystery, researchers at UCSF have established a link between molecules found in an inflamed pancreas and the early formation of pancreatic cancer – a discovery that may help scientists identify new ways to detect, monitor and treat this deadly disease.

McCormick Discusses Challenges of Cancer in Video

April 04, 2011 Frank McCormick, director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses the complexities and challenges of cancer in a video interview with the American Association for Cancer Research. 

UCSF Team Discovers New Way to Predict Breast Cancer Survival and Enhance Effectiveness of Treatment

April 04, 2011 A team of researchers at UCSF has discovered a new way to predict breast cancer survival based on an “immune profile” – the relative levels of three types of immune cells within a tumor. Knowing a patient’s profile may one day help guide treatment.

Analysis Suggests Cancer Risk of Backscatter Airport Scanners is Low

March 28, 2011 Calculations by researchers at UCSF and the University of California, Berkeley estimate that the cancer risk associated with one type of airport security scanners is low based on the amount of radiation these devices emit, as long as they are operated and function correctly.