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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 ...
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Health Disparities Expert Named Chair of Department of Radiation Oncology

January 22, 2007

Mack Roach III, MD, professor of radiation oncology and urology, has been named chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. "Dr. Roach is recognized as one of America's leading authorities on the use of radiation to treat localized prostate cancer and as a prominent crusader ...
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Alternatives to Surgery and Radiation for Prostate Cancer

January 11, 2007

Due to aggressive prostate cancer screening, more men than ever before are being diagnosed with small, low-grade tumors that may pose little immediate threat. Oncologists are offering some of these men close monitoring -- called active surveillance -- without any immediate treatment. Why not treat?
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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 ...