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Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Researcher Helps Physicians Navigate the Subtleties of Melanoma

July 3, 2008

The most deadly skin cancer, called melanoma, is on the rise. Clearly, dermatologists and other medical specialists need to be able to distinguish a mole from a melanoma. But now, it is also clear that there are important differences among melanomas. Melanomas are already being ...

Lam Wins Pediatrics' Grumbach Award

July 1, 2008

UCSF research fellow Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, has received the 2008 Melvin Grumbach Award for Pediatric Research for his work on measuring the physical properties of acute leukemia cells. Acute leukemia is the most common of all childhood cancers. Lam, who simultaneously completed his clinical ...

Hypnosis as Good as Counseling in Helping Smokers Quit, Study Finds

June 20, 2008

Hypnosis is as effective as standard behavioral counseling in helping smokers quit and stay off cigarettes for one year, according to a study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Among smokers who reported a history of depression, hypnosis was significantly more effective ...

Gordon and Betty Moore's $2.5 Million Gift Endows Genetic Counselorship

June 17, 2008

Could you be at risk for gastrointestinal cancer? One in 10 gastrointestinal cancers is familial, and those with a genetic mutation are at an elevated risk for developing cancer. But many physicians are unaware of this relationship, and the standard prevention measures -- such as ...

Caregivers Documentary to Air on UCTV Today

June 9, 2008

UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, in association with the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, has created a documentary about family caregiving for loved ones with aggressive forms of brain cancer. The film, titled The Caregivers, follows patients and families as they struggle through an ...

UCSF Stem Cell and Cancer Symposium

May 29, 2008

A new chapter in the saga of the war on cancer is being written. The subject is cancer stem cells. If more patients are to survive, then these cells must die. But many targeted treatments might be missing them. Communication between cancer experts and stem ...

Firefly Project Features Live Reading of Letters from Patients and Their Teenage Pen Pals

May 28, 2008

Members of the public are invited to attend a live dramatic reading of letters written by adults coping with life-threatening illnesses and their healthy teenage pen pals at the annual Firefly Project Adaptation on Wednesday, June 4. The event, with works read by the actual ...

UCSF's Glantz Slams Hollywood's Lax Enforcement of Tobacco Rating

May 28, 2008

A gadfly with giant wings, UCSF's Stan Glantz, PhD, knows how to cause a stir. For decades, Glantz, a UCSF professor of medicine, has used an insinuating style, relentless advocacy and scientific evidence to champion -- often effectively -- increasingly stringent tobacco controls around the ...

New Findings in Breast Cancer Research Highlighted at Major Meeting

May 27, 2008

Clinical researchers from the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center will present new research findings during the 44th American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, taking place in Chicago May 30-June 3. Prominent breast cancer researcher Hope Rugo, MD, will present information on ...

UCSF to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screening Exams in Castro-Mission District on May 10

May 6, 2008

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and each year, UCSF joins other institutions across the country in offering free skin cancer screenings to members of the public. The screenings are being held on Saturday, May 10, at the Castro-Mission Health Center, located at 3850 ...