Genetic 'Balance' May Influence Response to Cancer Treatment

Genetic 'Balance' May Influence Response to Cancer Treatment

February 27, 2017

Choosing among cancer treatments increasingly involves determining whether tumor cells harbor specific, mutated “oncogenes” that drive abnormal growth and that may also be especially vulnerable or resistant to particular drugs. But according to a new study led by UCSF researchers, in the case of the ...
Exploring Genomics' Gray Zone to Improve Cancer Treatment Options

Exploring Genomics' Gray Zone to Improve Cancer Treatment Options

February 15, 2017

Last year, UCSF launched the Molecular Oncology Initiative (MOI) to integrate molecular information found in most cancer types with the ever increasing number of therapeutics being developed in translational research and clinical practice.   The UCSF Molecular Tumor Board (MTB), a group of experts ...
Scalp Cooling Can Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Retain Hair

Scalp Cooling Can Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Retain Hair

February 14, 2017

Scalp cooling can lessen some chemotherapy-induced hair loss – one of the most devastating hallmarks of cancer – in certain breast cancer patients, according to a new multicenter study from UC San Francisco, Weill Cornell Medicine and three other medical centers.

15 UCSF Researchers Named to First Cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

15 UCSF Researchers Named to First Cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators

February 7, 2017

Fifteen UC San Francisco faculty members have been named to the first cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators.

Precision-Medicine Approach Could Revive Prostate Cancer Test

Precision-Medicine Approach Could Revive Prostate Cancer Test

February 2, 2017

A new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente has identified genetic predictors of normal prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in healthy men, which could be used to improve the accuracy of PSA-based prostate cancer screening tests.

'Dense Breasts' Eclipse All Other Known Breast Cancer Risk Factors

'Dense Breasts' Eclipse All Other Known Breast Cancer Risk Factors

February 2, 2017

In what is believed to be the first large-scale study to quantify the development of breast cancer according to the degree of glandular tissue versus fat, researchers headed by UC San Francisco evaluated risk factors in more than 200,000 women.

E-Cigarettes are Expanding Tobacco Product Use Among Youth

E-Cigarettes are Expanding Tobacco Product Use Among Youth

January 23, 2017

E-cigarettes – thought by some to be responsible for a decline in youth cigarette smoking – are actually attracting a new population of adolescents who might not otherwise have smoked tobacco products, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

Successful Immunotherapy Requires System-Wide Immune Response

Successful Immunotherapy Requires System-Wide Immune Response

January 20, 2017

New research led by researchers from UC San Francisco and Stanford University has found that successful cancer immunotherapy appears to depend on whether the treatment can trigger a system-wide immune response, rather than just a local response within the tumor itself.

Largest-Ever Gift to UCSF Honors Philanthropist Helen Diller

Largest-Ever Gift to UCSF Honors Philanthropist Helen Diller

January 12, 2017

To honor and build on a lifetime of giving and charitable service by the late Helen Diller, the Helen Diller Foundation has granted $500 million to UC San Francisco, a university to which Helen was both generous and devoted. The gift will be the largest ...
HDFCCC Joins National Effort Endorsing Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations

HDFCCC Joins National Effort Endorsing Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations

January 10, 2017

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has again united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a joint statement in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).