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University of California Cancer Consortium Takes on California's $14 Billion Killer

By Elizabeth Fernandez | UCSF.edu | September 11, 2017

University of California Cancer Consortium Takes on California's $14 Billion Killer
The University of California’s five academic cancer centers, home to some of the world’s leading scientists and physicians, have formed a consortium to better address California’s most pressing cancer-related problems and opportunities, UC President Janet Napolitano and Dr. John Stobo, executive vice president of UC Health, announced today.
 
Despite steady declines in cancer rates over the past 20 years, cancer is soon expected to overtake heart disease as California’s leading cause of death. This year alone, 176,000 state residents will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly 60,000 will die from it. The estimated cost burden of cancer in California is $14 billion annually.;

Cancer Incidence in California, courtesy of the Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry.

 

The alliance of the UC centers, which all hold the highest designation possible from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, reflects a new model for cancer research and treatment that calls for the best minds to work together, regardless of where they are, to tackle cancer’s many problems.
 
Among the projects the Consortium will undertake are precision medicine, clinical trials, population health science, best practices in harnessing big data to improve health, and political engagement for public benefit. A report that outlines the state of cancer in California and how the Consortium is uniquely suited to catalyze the state’s efforts to improve cancer outcomes may be accessed here.
 
“The University of California – and the people of California – are privileged to have at UC physicians and scientists who are among the very best at what they do: care for patients and conduct research that leads to discovery and new knowledge that benefits us all,” said Napolitano. “The formation of the UC Cancer Consortium will help leverage this institutional strength.”
 
"Together, we can better serve the people of California and make even greater contributions to the field of cancer.”
Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS
President, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
 
The centers that make up the consortium are the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
 
The past decade has seen unprecedented progress in cancer research and treatment. But with its advances in collecting and analyzing large data and the new ability to look deeply inside the disease’s biology, this era has brought the cancer community to a crossroads. Advances will now come only through coordinated efforts among the most skilled people and institutions.
 
 

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