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Cancer Drugs: Better, Cheaper

Cancer Drugs: Better, Cheaper

June 1, 2012

Cancer drug development is known to be too slow, costly and fraught with failure. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recommendations for breast cancer trials that would substantially accelerate patient access to new medications while lowering the time and cost of drug development.

Medical Student Confronts Cancer at Bench, Bedside and Beyond: Sam Brondfield

Medical Student Confronts Cancer at Bench, Bedside and Beyond: Sam Brondfield

May 30, 2012

At one of the highest-ranked medical schools in the country, it’s not surprising to find students with big appetites for learning. In the laboratory, there are those who seek out challenges at the bench, peering into microscopes for answers.

UCSF Clinicians Get New Ammunition in Fight Against Childhood Cancers

UCSF Clinicians Get New Ammunition in Fight Against Childhood Cancers

May 4, 2012

It’s a real challenge to treat a patient with relapsed cancer, because the cancer has outsmarted initial treatment and has become more resistant, says Steven DuBois, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UCSF’s School of Medicine and a specialist in childhood cancers.

'Thin Red Line' Around Breast Cancer

'Thin Red Line' Around Breast Cancer

May 2, 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.

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Health, Prognosis Not Taken Into Account When Treating Older Lung Cancer Patients, Study Finds

May 1, 2012

In a study of patients 65 and older with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), younger patients were more likely to receive treatment than older patients, regardless of overall health and prognosis.

UCSF Chancellor Announces Health Sciences Education Initiative

UCSF Chancellor Announces Health Sciences Education Initiative

April 26, 2012

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, announced a four-year $100 million fund-raising initiative during her April 24 speech marking the beginning of commencement season at the University.

 

Brain Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective

Brain Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective

April 17, 2012

A new brain cancer vaccine tailored to individual patients by using material from their own tumors has proven effective in a multicenter phase 2 clinical trial at extending their lives by several months or longer. The patients suffered from recurrent glioblastoma multiforme—which kills thousands of Americans every year.

An Achilles Heel of AML

An Achilles Heel of AML

April 16, 2012

The key to treating one of the most common types of human leukemia may lie within mutations in a gene called FLT3, according to new research led by physician-scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

UCSF's Frank McCormick Now Leads World's Largest Cancer Research Association

UCSF's Frank McCormick Now Leads World's Largest Cancer Research Association

April 10, 2012

Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, director of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF, was elected president of the 35,000-member American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s largest organization of its kind dedicated to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication and collaboration.

Integrative Medicine Classes Help Breast Cancer Survivors Recover

Integrative Medicine Classes Help Breast Cancer Survivors Recover

March 26, 2012

Breast cancer survivor Helen Robillard closes her eyes as she gently rotates her arms clockwise. Her movements are measured and deliberate; her breathing slow and purposeful.