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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 ...
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UCSF Breast Cancer Specialists Lead the Way Translating Research

August 21, 2009

UCSF breast cancer faculty who are leading the way in personalized medicine and translational research were featured recently at a forum hosted by noted breast surgeon Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, long-time director of UCSF's Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. The event explored a range ...
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UCSF Researchers Identify New Drug Target for Kaposi's Sarcoma

July 29, 2009

UCSF researchers have identified a new potential drug target for the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma, re-opening the possibility of using the class of drugs called protease inhibitors against the full herpes family of viruses, which for 20 years has been deemed too difficult ...