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Looking for Cancer Clues in the Skeleton of Our Cells

July 19, 2007

For many infectious diseases, a strategy for drug design is clear: Find something that kills what's causing the disease that won't kill the patient. But what's the best approach when our own cells spread within and make us sick -- as when normal cells turn ...
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Helping Young Survivors Manage Risks from Treatment

July 7, 2007

In the 1960s, the population of childhood cancer survivors might have rivaled that of Death Valley -- a diagnosis was nearly a death sentence. Today, an estimated 270,000 people are long-term survivors of childhood cancer. That's a number larger than the population of Bakersfield, Riverside ...
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Changing the Face of Costello Syndrome

June 30, 2007

Katherine Rauen, MD, is a medical geneticist in the UCSF Department of Pediatrics with a special interest in three rare developmental disorders. One is known as cardio-facio-cutaneous, or CFC, syndrome, for which she and her team discovered the genes responsible last year. The other two ...
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SFGH Cancer Patients to Perform Original Theater Piece

June 27, 2007

The Araceli Theater Project presents a multilingual theater event, titled "Touched by Cancer: Humoring the Tumor," at two San Francisco locations beginning Thursday, June 28. Written and conceived by cancer survivors, this diverse, community-based ensemble performs an original script and production that give voice to ...
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UCSF Receives $150 Million Pledge for Cancer Center

June 22, 2007

UCSF has received a $150 million pledge to support clinical and research programs of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is the largest philanthropic commitment from an individual ever received by the University and was given anonymously. Already recognized for its research excellence and regarded ...
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Boy's Wish Comes True to Help Cancer Patients Like Himself

June 7, 2007

Seven-year-old leukemia patient Jericho Rajninger of Larkspur had his wish fulfilled recently by the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation in a recent ceremony at UCSF Children's Hospital. Rajninger welcomed JR, a robot designed to resemble the title character in the children's book The Little Engine ...
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Long-Anticipated Gene Search Technique Is Now Powerfully Real

June 6, 2007

In the wake of national-headline-making reports about how inheriting particular bits of DNA can increase one's risk for diabetes and breast cancer, UCSF's John Witte, PhD, stands ready to try his hand at using a similar scientific strategy to track down genes that affect prostate ...
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Bequest Will Invigorate Pancreatic Cancer Research at UCSF

May 31, 2007

Pancreatic cancer is among the most painful and deadliest of cancers, afflicting 37,000 new patients each year and killing 33,000 individuals. Sufferers are rarely diagnosed with the disease until symptoms have already appeared; by that time, it has often advanced beyond a curable stage. These ...
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Benefits and Risks of New Radiotherapies in Children

May 30, 2007

Thanks to rarely talked-about recent advances in radiation treatments, young children are surviving cancers that would have been incurable a decade ago. One strategy that is helping to boost survival is radiation treatment provided at the time of surgery. UCSF and fewer than a dozen ...
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UC Regents Approve Fundraising Campaign for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

May 18, 2007

The University of California Board of Regents today approved a proposed campaign to raise at least $500 million toward the development of the first phase of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. UCSF is planning to build a 289-bed, integrated medical center to serve children, ...