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New Research Strategy for Understanding Drug Resistance in Leukemia

September 3, 2009

UCSF researchers have developed a new approach to identify specific genes that influence how cancer cells respond to drugs and how they become resistant. This strategy, which involves producing diverse genetic mutations that result in leukemia and associating specific mutations with treatment outcomes, will enable ...
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Cancer Center Enlists Churches as Partners in Advancing Health

September 3, 2009

UCSF will sponsor a one-day symposium on September 12 to highlight the importance of faith-based organizations as crucial partners in promoting good health. The second-annual event, "Abundant Life: A Gathering for Faith, Health and Community," is open to churches in and around San Francisco and ...
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Researchers Explore Role of Culture in Decision to Get a Mammogram

September 2, 2009

For the past seven years, a multidisciplinary team of UCSF researchers has attempted to understand why women choose to have or forego regular mammograms -- a simple and effective tool for detecting breast cancer -- and what role culture plays in that decision process. The ...
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Some Brain Tumors May Be Mediated by Tiny Filament on Cells

August 24, 2009

UCSF scientists have discovered that a tiny filament extending from cells, until recently regarded as a remnant of evolution, may play a role in the most common malignant brain tumor in children. The study, conducted in mice and in human brain tissue of medulloblastomas, coincides ...
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Some Skin Cancer May Be Mediated by Primary Cilia Activity

August 24, 2009

Tiny, solitary spikes that stick out of nearly every cell in the body play a central role in a type of skin cancer, new research has found. The discovery in mice shows that the microscopic structures known as primary cilia can either suppress or promote ...
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Pioneer Personalizes Breast Cancer Treatment

August 21, 2009

Laura van 't Veer, PhD, has changed the way physicians look at breast cancer. Tumors differ from each other genetically. And thanks to van 't Veer's pioneering vision, oncologists now use a new generation of genetic tests to help make treatment decisions. Fewer women with ...