University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Aging, Chronic Disease and Telomeres Are Linked in Recent Studies

February 4, 2011

Those of us with many birthdays under our belts may look spry on some days and appear haggard on others, but is there any gauge for how well we really are aging within? Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, is not ready to predict how long you will ...

Evolution of Cancer Can Shed Light on Drug Resistance

January 10, 2011

Cancer is a product of evolution, and understanding how cancer evolves may be a key to more successful treatment strategies. A billion years ago the world was cancer-free. That’s because Earth was home to only one-celled organisms – bacteria, for instance. Deadly tumors are a ...

In Brain Cancer, Unique Genetic and Epigenetic Profile Means Better Odds

December 16, 2010

Brain cancers are deadly more often than not, but UCSF researchers have determined that a particular genetic signature is associated with longer survival. The discovery, reported online December 15 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, may lead to a better understanding of how ...

UCSF Tests Promising Solutions for Cancer Hair Loss

December 13, 2010

UCSF physicians are combating a devastating side effect of chemotherapy with an innovative new program--"Hair to Stay"--to evaluate devices that could reduce scalp hair loss in breast cancer patients. One feasibility study on a scalp cooling system, the first significant inquiry of its kind in ...

Drop in Breast Cancer Rates Directly Tied to Reduced Hormone Therapy

November 30, 2010

In a new UCSF study of more than 2 million mammogram screenings performed on nearly 700,000 women in the United States, scientists for the first time show a direct link between reduced hormone therapy and declines in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) as well as ...

"Watchful Waiting Has a New Set of Eyes

November 29, 2010

A UCSF research collaboration with GE Healthcare has produced the first results in humans of a new technology that promises to rapidly assess the presence and aggressiveness of prostate tumors in real time, by imaging the tumor's metabolism. This is the first time researchers have ...

Write to Fight Cancer Workshop Gives Tools to Face Disease

November 23, 2010

Attendees at the Write to Fight Cancer workshop at UCSF's Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Art for Recovery Program were young and old, women and men, in active treatment and in remission. But they all had a story to tell, a story of how ...

Smoking Is Associated with More Deaths among Women with Breast Cancer

November 9, 2010

Women who feel they need another good reason to quit smoking might want to consider their breast cancer risk. Those afflicted with breast cancer who smoke or who have smoked in the past are much less likely to survive the disease, according to a new ...

CT Screening for Lung Cancer among Heavy Smokers Saves Lives

November 9, 2010

CT scans to detect lung cancer early can save lives, according to a study of 53,456 current and former smokers ages 55 to 74. The study findings were announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) -- which funded the massive study -- on Novembers ...

Genetics Research Accelerates Pace of Knowledge Gains

November 2, 2010

New technologies and techniques continue to accelerate the pace of discovery in human genetics research, a fact made clear by scientists who spoke about their searches for important mutations, gene variants and answers to basic biological questions at the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics' fifth-anniversary ...