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UCSF Medical Center Is Best Hospital in California for 2018-19

UCSF Medical Center Is Best Hospital in California for 2018-19

August 14, 2018

UCSF Medical Center has been recognized again as the top hospital in California and among the finest hospitals nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals survey. In this year’s results, released Aug. 14, UCSF ranked sixth on the national Best Hospitals Honor Roll ...
Blakely and Smith Named 2018 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators

Blakely and Smith Named 2018 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators

August 14, 2018

Collin Blakely, MD, PhD, and Catherine Smith, MD, were named 2018 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Blakely and Smith were among just six investigators nationally to receive this award supporting young physician-scientists working to improve the practice of ...
'Undruggable' Cancers Slowed by Targeting Growth Signals

'Undruggable' Cancers Slowed by Targeting Growth Signals

August 13, 2018

As many as 50 percent of human cancer cases — across a wide variety of tissues — involve defects in a common cellular growth signaling pathway. These defects have so far defied most attempts to develop targeted therapies, leading some in the field to conclude ...
New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines from the ACS: What You Should Know

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines from the ACS: What You Should Know

August 6, 2018

Colorectal cancer screening is an “in-the-news” topic, as the American Cancer Society (ACS) now recommends that people of average risk should start regular screening at age 45, rather than age 50. Its recently released guidelines were published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Such revised ...
Important Cancer-Tracking Registry to Locate at UCSF

Important Cancer-Tracking Registry to Locate at UCSF

July 31, 2018

Map shows the registry's region. Credit: Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry.The Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, which has been at the forefront of cancer data collection throughout the region for more than 40 years and has helped lead to improved state and national understanding of cancer, ...
Genetic Study of Familial Leukemia Solves 30-Year Medical Mystery

Genetic Study of Familial Leukemia Solves 30-Year Medical Mystery

July 27, 2018

A decades-old medical mystery has been solved by researchers at UC San Francisco and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, who have discovered a pair of inherited genetic mutations underlying a familial blood disorder that sometimes leads to leukemia. The research, based on analysis ...
Study Suggests HUD’s New Smoke-Free Policy Will Help More Low-Income Smokers Quit

Study Suggests HUD’s New Smoke-Free Policy Will Help More Low-Income Smokers Quit

July 27, 2018

Enforcing residential bans on smoking could help large numbers of low-income people quit smoking, according to an analysis of federally funded national surveys by a California research team. The finding comes as public housing authorities across the country face a July 31st deadline from the ...
Genomic Landscape of Metastatic Prostate Cancer Unveiled in New Study

Genomic Landscape of Metastatic Prostate Cancer Unveiled in New Study

July 19, 2018

A comprehensive genetic analysis of metastatic prostate cancer has, for the first time, revealed a number of major ways in which abnormal alterations of the genome propel this aggressive form of the disease. As reported in the July 19, 2018 issue of Cell, a team led ...
NIH and Prostate Cancer Foundation Launch Large Study on Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African-American Men

NIH and Prostate Cancer Foundation Launch Large Study on Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African-American Men

July 17, 2018

UCSF is one of four NCI cancer centers leading a large national study of African American men with aggressive prostate cancer. The RESPOND study, which will examine links between aggressive disease and environmental and genetic factors, aims to enroll 10,000 men.The following press release ...
Breast Cancer Follow-Up Imaging Varies Widely, Study Finds

Breast Cancer Follow-Up Imaging Varies Widely, Study Finds

July 13, 2018

Follow-up imaging for women with non-metastatic breast cancer varies widely across the country, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Some patients go without the annual mammograms that experts recommend, while others with the same cancer diagnosis receive full-body scans ...