March 17, 2016
Scientists at UC San Francisco have been able to directly observe, for the first time, how invasive cancer cells create a beachhead as they migrate to the lung in a mouse model of metastatic cancer. What they saw was utterly surprising: early “pioneer” cancer cells that lodge in the lung generally die, but first they shed zombie-like particles that move around on their own and get gobbled up by waves of immune cells.
March 7, 2016
The most intractable common form of breast cancer might in most cases be treatable by drugs that target fat metabolism, according to UC San Francisco researchers who discovered the tumors’ frequent dependence on fat as an energy source, and then successfully treated human breast tumors that they transplanted and grew in mice.
March 2, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, PhD, visited UC San Francisco on Saturday, February 27, to discuss the administration’s national “Moonshot” initiative to improve cancer outcomes in the next decade.
March 2, 2016
Making the connections between molecules in the lab and their actions in a patient’s cancer led Trever Bivona to pursue both doctoral and medical training. Now a practicing oncologist and researcher at UC San Francisco, Bivona’s studies are driven by a simple question: Which protein mutations are relevant to actually improving treatments?
February 26, 2016
University of California Health committed to enabling patients to access and share their own health data, joining more than 40 other organizations that made various commitments to advance precision medicine during a White House summit this week.
February 24, 2016
"As we refine our understanding of how patients’ mutations affect larger biological networks, that’s going to improve doctors’ predictive power in a clinical setting."
-- Nevan Krogan, PhD
February 22, 2016
from the Wall Street Journal: A new clinic in San Francisco is opening with an unusual mission: to provide care for people affected by mutations in two particular genes linked to a high risk of cancer.
January 28, 2016
UC San Francisco scientists have created a new class of highly customizable biological sensors that can be used to form “logic gates” inside cells of the immune system, giving these cells the capability to home in on and kill a wide range of cancer cells while preventing them from attacking normal tissue.
January 27, 2016
Documenting that it’s never too late to quit smoking, a large study of breast cancer survivors has found that those who quit smoking after their diagnosis had a 33 percent lower risk of death as a result of breast cancer than those who continued to smoke.
January 27, 2016
In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined the other 68 NCI-designated cancer centers in issuing a statement urging for increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer.