A once-promising discovery linking prostate cancer to an obscure retrovirus derived from mice was the result of an inadvertent laboratory contamination, a forensic analysis of tissue samples and lab experiments – some dating back nearly a decade – has confirmed.
August 07, 2012
Marin County, Calif., has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world, a fact that scientists know has nothing to do with the land itself but with some other, unknown factor.
July 24, 2012
A UCSF team has harnessed a natural protein in bacteria to create a “pause switch” in immune cells, potentially leading to more effective and safer immune therapies for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
July 16, 2012
UCSF researchers triggered cellular transformation — and caused tumors to form in mice — by activating just two genes, a discovery that suggests drugs that are able to target those genes may provide a way to treat the deadly cancer, known as cholangiocarcinoma.
July 10, 2012
Cancer patients across the country have a new way to navigate through difficult treatment decisions and communicate better with their doctors. “Open to Options,’’ which recently launched nationally, was developed in conjunction with UCSF to guide patients in making critical health decisions.
July 01, 2012
People with lung cancer who are treated with the drug Tarceva face a daunting uncertainty: although their tumors may initially shrink, it's not a question of whether their cancer will return—it's a question of when. And for far too many, it happens far too soon.
June 14, 2012
A new approach to drug design, pioneered by a group of researchers at UCSF and Mt. Sinai, New York, promises to help identify future drugs to fight cancer and other diseases that will be more effective and have fewer side effects.
June 11, 2012
The single thing that a woman can do to lower her risk of breast cancer is to avoid unnecessary medical imaging, says Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF, who contributed to a new Institute of Medicine report.
May 18, 2012
To celebrate nearly a quarter-century of advances in hematology and transplantation, UCSF is holding a reunion of patients from the UCSF Medical Center who have undergone bone marrow transplants.
May 02, 2012
A pioneering approach to imaging breast cancer in mice has revealed new clues about why the human immune system often fails to attack tumors and keep cancer in check. This observation, by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), may help to reveal new approaches to cancer immunotherapy.