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Researchers Halt Spread of Breast Cancer by Blocking Metastasis-Promoting Enzyme

Researchers Halt Spread of Breast Cancer by Blocking Metastasis-Promoting Enzyme

November 14, 2019

In a breakthrough with important implications for the future of immunotherapy for breast cancer, UC San Francisco scientists have found that blocking the activity of a single enzyme can prevent a common type of breast cancer from spreading to distant organs. While studying a mouse ...
Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women

Chemical Exposure Web Tool Defines Risks Faced by Millions of California Women

August 22, 2019

A new web tool spells out for the first time the exposures that more than 6.5 million working women in California face that could increase their risk for breast cancer, including industrial solvents, antimicrobials and phthalates. The tool, which was developed by researchers at UC ...
Worrisome Increase in Some Medical Scans During Pregnancy

Worrisome Increase in Some Medical Scans During Pregnancy

July 24, 2019

Use of medical imaging during pregnancy increased significantly in the United States, a new study has found, with nearly a four-fold rise over the last two decades in the number of women undergoing computed tomography CT scans, which expose mothers and fetuses to radiation. Pregnant ...
Q & A with Thea Tlsty, PhD, on Leading International Team to Study Inflammation and Cancer

Q & A with Thea Tlsty, PhD, on Leading International Team to Study Inflammation and Cancer

January 29, 2019

Thea D. Tlsty, PhD, Professor of Pathology and a UCSF leader in cell cycling and signaling, received a $26 million Grand Challenge Grant from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) to lead an international team exploring how chronic inflammation causes cancer. 

New Method Of Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain For Some Cancer Survivors

New Method Of Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain For Some Cancer Survivors

November 20, 2018

For nearly four decades, the main option for breast reconstruction for women who had to undergo a mastectomy was to place implants under the main chest muscle – a procedure that often results in chronic pain and muscle weakness in the chest and arms. Hani ...

"Orphan" RNAs Make Cancer Deadlier, But Potentially Easier to Diagnose

November 7, 2018

Scientists have long known that cancer can hijack a cell’s existing regulatory circuitry and transform healthy cells into deadly malignancies. But a new discovery from UC San Francisco demonstrates that cancer is more than just a mutineer that seizes control of the cell’s administrative operations ...