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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, ...
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New Drugs Target Treatment-Resistant Leukemia

November 9, 2006

The drug imatinib (Gleevec) is generally considered to be the most significant new entrant in the armamentarium of anticancer drugs in the past 20 years. Its approval in May 2001 was the cover story of Time magazine. In patients whose cancers had grown despite earlier ...
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Cancer-Preventing Benefits of the Traditional Asian Diet

October 31, 2006

Studies show that Asian populations have a lower incidence of chronic diseases, such as cancer, than their Western counterparts. One such study, by the National Cancer Institute, found that whites had a 65 percent higher rate of cancer mortality than Asian-Pacific Islanders from the years ...
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Jim Wells: Helping to Fill the Drug Discovery Pipeline

October 27, 2006

Cancer, diabetes, inflammation, malaria. The list of diseases ripe for new treatments is long. Yet the pace of drugs coming to market is actually flat. A key reason is the drug discovery process itself, says Jim Wells, director of the Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC) ...
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'Winning the War' on Breast Cancer

October 27, 2006

With one in every eight US women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, this disease has affected the population on a grand scale. Each year, roughly 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die. With exceptionally high rates in the ...
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UCSF Plays Significant Role in Stem Cell Research

October 27, 2006

It has been a robust year for stem cell research at UCSF. Previously made up of numerous pioneering labs working relatively independently, the research program here has coalesced into one of the premier stem cell institutes in the United States. Scientists in some 60 labs ...
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Dr. Donald Abrams Answers Questions about Medicinal Marijuana

October 18, 2006

As part of UCSF Today's new On the Spot web feature, Dr. Donald Abrams, the new director of clinical programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and an expert in complementary therapies, agreed to answer your questions. Below we've published some of the questions ...