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Five Things Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

Five Things Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

October 1, 2015

Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. But emerging knowledge offers reason for optimism. Here are five things women should know about breast cancer, according to Dr. Laura Esserman.

UCSF Researchers Awarded Breast Cancer Research Funding from Susan G. Komen

UCSF Researchers Awarded Breast Cancer Research Funding from Susan G. Komen

September 28, 2015

Three UCSF researchers were awarded a total of $560,000 to support projects in breast cancer research. These grants are among those made to 124 researchers in 25 states and 15 countries, with about half of the grants targeted to early-career investigators.

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Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells Turn On Stem Cell Genes

September 23, 2015

Metastases cause the vast majority of cancer deaths, but their tiny seeds are so difficult to track that few researchers have managed to study them. Now, scientists from UC San Francisco describe capturing and studying individual metastatic cells from human breast cancer tumors implanted into mice as the cells escaped into the blood stream and began to form tumors elsewhere in the body.

Tool Boosts Accuracy in Assessing Breast Cancer Risk

Tool Boosts Accuracy in Assessing Breast Cancer Risk

August 19, 2015

A national risk model that gauges a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer has been refined to give a more accurate assessment. 

Lamorna Brown Swigart: Circling the Bay for Breast Cancer

Lamorna Brown Swigart: Circling the Bay for Breast Cancer

July 7, 2015

Lamorna Brown Swigart has worked in cancer research at UCSF for more than 15 years. Over time, finding funding for research has become more and more challenging. Lamorna says, “There are so many great ideas and projects, and never enough funding to get it all ...
Genetic test makes individualised breast cancer treatment possible

Genetic test makes individualised breast cancer treatment possible

June 11, 2015

Laura van 't Veer, co-leader of the HDFCCC Breast Oncology Program, and her team (Netherlands) was awarded the prize for the invention of a gene-based tissue test which makes it possible to offer targeted treatment for breast cancer.