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Specific Immune Cells Play an Essential Role in Tumor Growth

September 30, 2007

UCSF researchers have discovered that blocking the function of a certain type of immune cell halts pancreatic islet tumor growth in mice. The finding proves, they say, that specific immune cells can play a critical role in the formation and subsequent growth of cancer. The ...
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Presence of Gene Mutation Helps Guide Thyroid Cancer Treatment

September 5, 2007

A specific gene mutation may be useful in predicting the level of aggression of thyroid cancer and help guide treatment options and follow-up care, according to new study findings. The mutation, called BRAF V600E, is a genetic alteration in the BRAF oncogene, a modified gene ...
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New Breeds of Mice Shed Light on Human Cancers and Treatments

September 5, 2007

Scientists are not in the business of making better mousetraps, but they're serious about making better mice to understand cancer biology. Cancer sleuths are using new ways to genetically engineer mice. They use these new breeds of mice to study the effects of specific genetic ...
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Neural Stem Cell Study Reveals Mechanism that May Play Role in Cancer

September 4, 2007

n the dynamic world of the developing brain, neural stem cells give rise to neurons deep within the brain's fluid-filled ventricles. These newborn neurons then migrate along the stem cell fibers up to the neocortex, the seat of higher cognitive functions. Now, scientists have discovered ...
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Swim Across America Event to Raise Funds for UCSF Child Cancer Care

August 22, 2007

Accomplished swimmers are invited to join Olympic swimming legends from across the country for the second annual "'Swim Across America' San Francisco Swim to Fight Cancer" on September 30. The 10-mile-long relay swim around San Francisco Bay will raise money for pediatric cancer care. The ...
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UCSF Scientists Aim to Use Saliva to Detect Oral Cancers

August 22, 2007

Could scrutiny of spit save your life? Cancer researchers may soon know the answer. More than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the US alone, many when it's too late to prevent death. Dentists and hygienists find oral cancers during ...