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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 ...
Talk on 'Butt Cancer' Tackles Taboo with Humor to Win 2018 Postdoc Slam

Talk on 'Butt Cancer' Tackles Taboo with Humor to Win 2018 Postdoc Slam

October 2, 2018

A talk about a little-talked-about topic won the top prize at the 2018 Postdoc Slam. Many people do not know that the same virus that causes cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), can also infect the skin of the anus and lead to anal cancer, said Sona ...
Breast Cancer Surgery in Frail Elderly Women Linked to Poor Results

Breast Cancer Surgery in Frail Elderly Women Linked to Poor Results

August 29, 2018

In a study appearing Aug. 29, 2018, in JAMA Surgery, UCSF researchers found that 58 percent of women who resided in a nursing home for more than 90 days before breast cancer surgery experienced significant functional decline one year after surgery. The study found that women ...
Breast Cancer Follow-Up Imaging Varies Widely, Study Finds

Breast Cancer Follow-Up Imaging Varies Widely, Study Finds

July 13, 2018

Follow-up imaging for women with non-metastatic breast cancer varies widely across the country, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Some patients go without the annual mammograms that experts recommend, while others with the same cancer diagnosis receive full-body scans ...
Combination Therapy May Revive Prospects for 'Embattled' Breast Cancer Drugs

Combination Therapy May Revive Prospects for 'Embattled' Breast Cancer Drugs

June 25, 2018

More than 60 percent of breast cancer cases involve defects in the same biochemical chain of events within cancer cells — known as the PI3 kinase (PI3K) pathway — but efforts to develop therapies targeting this pathway have met with little success after hundreds of ...