University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Omega-6 Fatty Acids Cause Prostate Tumor Cell Growth in Culture

August 1, 2005

A study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has demonstrated that omega-6 fatty acids such as the fat found in corn oil promote the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory. The study also identifies a potential new molecular target for ...

Virtual Colonoscopy Reveals Diseases Outside Colon Too

July 26, 2005

Computed tomographic (CT) colonography, known as virtual colonoscopy, can be used to diagnose significant medical problems in organs outside the colon, according to a new study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). In the study, 45 virtual colonoscopy patients out of 500, ...

Unprecedented Industry-Backed Laws Limit Public Safety, Study Shows

July 21, 2005

Two laws recently passed by Congress with strong industry backing have had a chilling effect on government efforts to protect public health, according to a UCSF study. The laws make all raw data produced by federally funded research available for public review, and require that ...

UCSF Medical Center & Children's Hospital Named to Best Hospitals List

July 8, 2005

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children's Hospital have been named to the honor roll in the new U.S. News & World Report's special issue on "America's Best Hospitals," with the Medical Center at 10 and the Children's Hospital at number 17. In this annual survey, ...

Pioneer in Biotech Research and Drug Development Appointed to UCSF Faculty

June 27, 2005

James Wells, PhD, cofounder of the South San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company Sunesis and a pioneer in developing new drug discovery and protein engineering technologies, has been appointed professor in both the schools of pharmacy and medicine at UCSF and will also direct a new center ...

"Silenced Gene Suggests Greater Risk for African-Americans with Prostate Cancer

June 16, 2005

Among African-Americans with prostate cancer, a tumor-suppressing gene called GSTP1 is inactivated at a rate 3.5 times higher than among Caucasians, according to a study conducted at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). "This could be one of the mechanisms for the higher incidence ...