University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
New 'SLICE' Tool Can Massively Expand Immune System's Cancer-Fighting Repertoire

New 'SLICE' Tool Can Massively Expand Immune System's Cancer-Fighting Repertoire

November 15, 2018

Immunotherapy can cure some cancers that until fairly recently were considered fatal. In addition to developing drugs that boost the immune system’s cancer-fighting abilities, scientists are becoming expert at manipulating a patient’s own immune cells, turning them into cancer-killing armies. But cancers have tricks ...
Less Surveillance Needed for Simple Ovarian Cysts

Less Surveillance Needed for Simple Ovarian Cysts

November 13, 2018

Simple ovarian cysts are extremely common in women and do not require additional ultrasound surveillance or surgical removal, according to a new study of more than 72,000 women and close to 119,00 pelvic ultrasound exams over a dozen years. The study, a collaboration between UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Washington, found that simple ...
Cognitive Decline After Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors Might Be Prevented By Temporarily Shutting Down Immune Response

Cognitive Decline After Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors Might Be Prevented By Temporarily Shutting Down Immune Response

November 13, 2018

Treating brain tumors comes at a steep cost, especially for children. More than half of patients who endure radiation therapy for these tumors experience irreversible cognitive decline, a side-effect that has particularly damaging consequences for younger patients. Up to now, scientists had been unable to ...

"Orphan" RNAs Make Cancer Deadlier, But Potentially Easier to Diagnose

November 7, 2018

Scientists have long known that cancer can hijack a cell’s existing regulatory circuitry and transform healthy cells into deadly malignancies. But a new discovery from UC San Francisco demonstrates that cancer is more than just a mutineer that seizes control of the cell’s administrative operations ...
As teen use of Juul soars, doctors ask, what's really in these e-cigs?

As teen use of Juul soars, doctors ask, what's really in these e-cigs?

November 1, 2018

Tobacco research from UCSF is central to a growing understanding of the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping products, as highlighted in this feature from NBC News.  Dr. Mark Rubinstein, who studies nicotine dependence in adolescents at the University of California San Francisco, led the ...