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Management of Symptoms and Psychosocial Issues Is Crucial in Cancer Care

November 21, 2006

"Treating illness means treating the whole patient," says Steven Pantilat, the physician who directs the UCSF Adult Palliative Care Service at the UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus. About half of the patients who consult with members of the service are cancer patients. Palliative care is ...
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Quilters Share Stories Behind Their Creation

November 21, 2006

One by one, the patients who created Art for Recovery's latest quilt scanned the panels looking for the quilt square they had made. It was both an emotional and stirring moment, as it was the first time many of them had seen the quilt in ...
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Historic Bequest Names Oncology Professorship at UCSF

November 17, 2006

To his many friends and acquaintances, Dixon Heise epitomized the San Francisco gentleman: sharp in mind, witty yet gracious in manner. After his death last February at age 89, another aspect of his character was cast in sharp relief: his incredible generosity of spirit. A ...
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Vaccine for Brain Tumors Shows Promising Results

November 16, 2006

A vaccine for treating a recurrent cancer of the central nervous system that occurs primarily in the brain, known as glioma, has shown promising results in preliminary data from a clinical trial at UCSF Medical Center. Findings from the first group of six patients in ...
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An Accurate, Straightforward Method to Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

November 15, 2006

A novel method for predicting the risk of prostate cancer recurrence following surgery that was developed by urologists at UCSF Medical Center has been validated in a recent study. The new method is named the UCSF Cancer of the Prostate Risk Assessment (CAPRA). It is ...
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Elderly, Ill Men Get Unneeded Prostate Cancer Screenings

November 14, 2006

A study of almost 600,000 men aged 70 and older reveals that 56 percent had a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, a blood test for prostate cancer, even though no treatment guidelines recommend PSA screening for men of that age. Screening rates declined with age, ...