Aggressive Treatment, Fighting Spirit Help UCSF Cancer Patient Beat the Odds

February 11, 2009

One of the first things you notice about Lori Nichols is her smile. It fills the space around her with light and warmth and draws people in closer, especially when it's accompanied by her easy, musical laugh. "My life has been just wonderful," Nichols tells ...

Cancer Drug Cost May Be Unbearable, Even for Insured

February 10, 2009

Cancer doctors may be writing the prescriptions for new generations of drugs, but some financially hard-pressed patients are not having those prescriptions filled. The trend is worsening, according to Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, health sciences clinical professor of pharmacy at UCSF. Stebbins, the pharmacy utilization director ...

Drug Discovery Short-circuits Cancer Growth

February 9, 2009

A new drug that blocks cancer's main source of growth has been created in the lab and proven effective in mice, scientists are reporting. It is now being readied for clinical trials in patients. Far more potent than similar compounds already in clinical trial, the ...

Lung Cancer Now Is the Focus of Powerful Genetics Research

February 4, 2009

Lung cancer research at UCSF is poised to leap forward, thanks to a big bank. No, not some teetering financial institution down the street. What UCSF has is an invaluable tissue bank. When it comes to lung tumors, the quantity and quality of UCSF's chilly-vault ...

Brain Cells Growing Bad: A Conversation with David Rowitch

February 2, 2009

The deadliest brain cancers, called gliomas, remain somewhat mysterious to researchers, which may be why they are difficult to treat. Recently, a molecule called olig has emerged as a prime suspect from the lab of physician-researcher David Rowitch, MD, and his longtime collaborator, Charles D.

Hypertension Lowers Survival in African American Women with Breast Cancer

January 27, 2009

Higher rates of hypertension in African American women compared with white women may account for some of the previously found racial disparities in overall survival among women with breast cancer, according to new research. UCSF epidemiologist Dejana Braithwaite, PhD, is among the significant number of ...