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Prostate Cancer -- Who Needs Treatment?

January 10, 2007

Many men with early-stage prostate cancers may be undergoing treatment unnecessarily with surgery or radiation, according to a leading prostate cancer surgeon. Heads-up diagnosis and treatment have undoubtedly played an important role in decreasing deaths due to prostate cancer. But even so, "about half the ...

UCSF Chosen to Design and Test Innovative, Consumer-Centered Personal Health Record

December 21, 2006

UCSF Breast Cancer Center Chosen to Design and Test Innovative, Consumer-Centered Personal Health Record The Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will play a key role in a program to help consumers use information technology to better ...

Lung Cancer Survivors Find Reason for Hope

December 11, 2006

In a room overflowing with people at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, David Jablons, MD, professor and chief of thoracic surgery, gave the audience, many of whom are patients under his care, a reason to hope. "We are making progress -- there are exciting sciences ...

Cancer Immunoresistance Linked to Loss of Tumor Suppressor Gene

December 10, 2006

Cancer immunoresistance may be partially due to loss of a well-known tumor suppressor gene, according to new research led by Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. The findings are reported today (December 10) online ...

UCSF Scientists Honored for Pioneering Studies of Aging, Cancer, Learning and Memory

December 7, 2006

UCSF's Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, and Roger Nicoll, MD, have each received a 2006 Peter Gruber Prize, awarded annually to individuals in various disciplines who have made discoveries and contributions that effect fundamental shifts in human knowledge and culture. Blackburn received the 2006 Genetics Prize for ...

Are Most Lung Cancer Deaths Among Long-Term Smokers Preventable with Affordable Screening?

December 5, 2006

Lung tumors are the leading cancer killer, striking down more than 160,000 Americans each year. A large majority of lung cancer deaths might be prevented by screening exams. At least that's what the principal investigator of a recent, controversial study says. Interim results of the ...

Papers of UCSF Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus Added to NLM Profiles in Science Website

December 1, 2006

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, December 1, 2006 The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, announced today the release of an extensive selection from the papers of molecular biologist and science administrator, Harold Varmus, on its Profiles in ...

"Cancer Prognosis Gene Found to Control the Fate of Breast Cells

November 30, 2006

Scientists have discovered an unsuspected role for a gene known to be one of the best predictors of human breast cancer outcome. The gene, called GATA-3, is in a family of genes that guides development of stem cells into mature cells. University of California, San ...

Brain Tumor Patient Education Center Opening

November 21, 2006

Neurosurgeon, Mitchel Berger, MD, and head of American Brain Tumor Association, Naomi Berkowitz, cut the ribbon to officially open the Brain Tumor Patient Education Center. To complement the strong basic science and clinical research in brain tumors at UCSF, the Division of Neuro-Oncology has a ...

Management of Symptoms and Psychosocial Issues Is Crucial in Cancer Care

November 21, 2006

"Treating illness means treating the whole patient," says Steven Pantilat, the physician who directs the UCSF Adult Palliative Care Service at the UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus. About half of the patients who consult with members of the service are cancer patients. Palliative care is ...