University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
E-Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

E-Cigarette Use Exposes Teens to Toxic Chemicals

March 5, 2018

Adolescents who smoke e-cigarettes are exposed to significant levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals also found in tobacco cigarettes, even when the e-cigarettes do not contain nicotine, according to a study by UC San Francisco researchers. "Teenagers need to be warned that the vapor produced by ...
Strength in numbers: UCSF is forging collaborative partnerships in new fights against cancer

Strength in numbers: UCSF is forging collaborative partnerships in new fights against cancer

March 1, 2018

Like millions of others, Alan Ashworth has been touched by cancer. What’s different from many is that he may be able to change its direction. Ashworth, the president of UCSF’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, saw his father die six months after a lung ...
Meditation room named for Jeff Pearl, Mount Zion's 'heart'

Meditation room named for Jeff Pearl, Mount Zion's 'heart'

March 1, 2018

Jeff Pearl was Mount Zion. He lived and breathed the hospital, its patients and families, and staff; and he was as much a part of Mount Zion as the hospital was a part of him. Jeff Pearl, in a photo from the 2000 UCSF School ...
Genome Sequencing Uncovers Therapy for Rare Brain Tumor

Genome Sequencing Uncovers Therapy for Rare Brain Tumor

February 27, 2018

Brain tumors are among the deadliest forms of cancer, due in large part to their sensitive location and the challenge of performing surgery to remove them. New research led by David Solomon,MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at UC San Francisco, provides ...
Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH Receives K-Award

Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH Receives K-Award

February 26, 2018

Prostate cancer imposes a disproportionate burden on African American men. This population has a 63% higher incidence rate than white men, and they tend to be diagnosed with more aggressive disease and report more side effects from treatment. They also die at twice the rate as ...
Cancer-Killing Virus Acts by Alerting Immune System

Cancer-Killing Virus Acts by Alerting Immune System

February 13, 2018

A new UC San Francisco study has shown that a cancer-killing (“oncolytic”) virus currently in clinical trials may function as a cancer vaccine.