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The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center combines basic science, clinical research, epidemiology/cancer control and patient care from throughout the University of California, San Francisco system.

UCSF’s long tradition of excellence in cancer research includes the Nobel Prize-winning work of J. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus, who discovered cancer-causing oncogenes. Their work opened new doors for exploring genetic abnormalities that cause cancer, and formed the basis for some of the most important cancer research happening today.

Basic Scientific Research

From understanding normal cellular processes to discovering the underlying molecular and genetic causes of cancer when these processes go awry, UCSF researchers are committed to moving scientific insights forward and pursuing their relevance for clinical oncology and cancer prevention.

Clinical Research

Clinical scientists explore how a greater understanding of fundamental biological events can be transformed into clinical tools. New forms of cancer treatment, as well as innovations in diagnosis and prognosis, undergo rigorous evaluation for safety and efficacy. This translates into improved patient outcomes and hope for the future.

Patient Care

The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center provides exceptional patient care at four San Francisco medical centers: UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Population Science

Cancer-population sciences at UCSF includes research on the causes of new cancers, and the sickness and death due to the disease. This will help develop ways to improve prevention and early detection of cancer as well as the quality of life following diagnosis and treatment.

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