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Carol Channing to Star in Comedy Benefit for UCSF Patient Services

March 20, 2007

Actress Carol Channing will return to her home town of San Francisco to perform in "Love & Laughter...and Legends: Just What the Doctor Ordered," a benefit for patient services at UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center. The April 21 evening of comedy will include performances by ...
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Puberty, Obesity, Environment and Breast Cancer

March 19, 2007

A woman's likelihood of getting breast cancer peaks in her 70s, but some researchers are focusing on puberty to better understand risks. That's because girlhood appears be a window of vulnerability to environmental insults that may result in breast cancer decades later. "Breast cancer is ...
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UCSF Fellow Honored for Cancer Prevention Research

March 14, 2007

UCSF Fellow Dejana Braithwaite, PhD, MSc, is the 2007 recipient of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF) Fellowship, and the New Investigator Award for the 31st Annual ASPO Meeting. Braithwaite was selected from a national pool ...
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March 12 Seminar Educates Transplant Recipients on Skin Cancer Risk

March 12, 2007

A special seminar at UCSF on Monday, March 12, will focus on educating transplant patients about the potential risk of skin cancer. Organ transplant recipients have a high risk of developing skin cancer, but information about this link had not been readily available to patients ...
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Cancer Cluster: Tracking a Killer in Nevada

March 9, 2007

An environment rife with arsenic, tungsten, cobalt and jet fuel does not seem adequate to explain an unusually high incidence of childhood leukemia -- three deaths and 16 cases in all -- that first struck Fallon, Nevada, almost a decade ago. Despite a major public ...
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UCSF Names New Chief of Gynecologic Oncology

February 28, 2007

John K. Chan, MD, has been named the new chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine. He will assume his new post on March 1. As chief of gynecologic oncology, Chan will ...
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New Ideas, Funding Infused into Search for Blood Markers of Cancer

February 23, 2007

Clinicians dream of being able to diagnose cancer reliably with a simple lab test. Cancerous cells make some proteins abnormally. Some of these proteins are secreted or shed, and make their way into body fluids. The quest to identify proteins in blood or urine that ...
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Antibody Signal May Redirect Inflammation to Fuel Cancer

February 19, 2007

As evidence mounts that the body's normally protective inflammation response can drive some precancerous tissues to become fully malignant, UCSF scientists report discovering an apparent trigger to this potentially deadly process. Typically, the "innate" immune system's Pac-Man-like white blood cells, or leukocytes, engulf and destroy ...
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Personalized Vaccines to Fight Brain Cancer

February 7, 2007

UCSF neurosurgeon Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, is running a clinical trial on patients with glioblastoma multiforme, the most deadly type of brain tumor, using a vaccine made from the patient's own tumor to trigger the immune system. In the clinical trial, Parsa first removes as ...
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Insights into p53 Tumor-Suppressor Gene to Fuel Cancer Strategy

January 26, 2007

UCSF scientists are reporting key insights into the p53 tumor-suppressor gene that they say should help harness the gene to treat cancer. The gene is disabled in most forms of the disease, and its loss is often associated with increased malignancy, resistance to treatment and ...