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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 ...
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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 ...
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"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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Quilters Share Stories Behind Their Creation

November 21, 2006

One by one, the patients who created Art for Recovery's latest quilt scanned the panels looking for the quilt square they had made. It was both an emotional and stirring moment, as it was the first time many of them had seen the quilt in ...
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Historic Bequest Names Oncology Professorship at UCSF

November 17, 2006

To his many friends and acquaintances, Dixon Heise epitomized the San Francisco gentleman: sharp in mind, witty yet gracious in manner. After his death last February at age 89, another aspect of his character was cast in sharp relief: his incredible generosity of spirit. A ...
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Vaccine for Brain Tumors Shows Promising Results

November 16, 2006

A vaccine for treating a recurrent cancer of the central nervous system that occurs primarily in the brain, known as glioma, has shown promising results in preliminary data from a clinical trial at UCSF Medical Center. Findings from the first group of six patients in ...
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An Accurate, Straightforward Method to Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

November 15, 2006

A novel method for predicting the risk of prostate cancer recurrence following surgery that was developed by urologists at UCSF Medical Center has been validated in a recent study. The new method is named the UCSF Cancer of the Prostate Risk Assessment (CAPRA). It is ...
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Elderly, Ill Men Get Unneeded Prostate Cancer Screenings

November 14, 2006

A study of almost 600,000 men aged 70 and older reveals that 56 percent had a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, a blood test for prostate cancer, even though no treatment guidelines recommend PSA screening for men of that age. Screening rates declined with age, ...