Hope S. Rugo, MD

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Hope S. Rugo, MD

Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology); and Director, Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program, UCSF

Phone: (415) 353-7070 (appts)
Box 1710, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-1710

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member ยป Breast Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Hope Rugo is a medical oncologist and hematologist specializing in breast cancer research and treatment. A Clinical Professor of Medicine, Dr. Rugo joined the Breast Care Center in 1999 after a decade of experience at UCSF in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplantation for a variety of diseases, including breast cancer. She entered the field of breast cancer in order to incorporate novel therapies based on an understanding of the biology of cancer with excellent quality of care into the treatment of women with breast cancer.

Dr. Rugo is the Director of the Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program, and is the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials focusing on combining novel targeted therapeutics with standard treatment to improve the treatment of both early and late stage breast cancer. In addition, Dr. Rugo is working on studies to evaluate cognitive function in women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, as well as novel ways to reduce toxicity from therapy. Dr. Rugo has established collaborations with a number of other large academic medical centers for the purpose of expanding the novel therapies that are available for our patients, including herbal agents that appear to have an antitumor effect in the laboratory. She is an active member of the national cooperative group, CALGB, and a is a founding member of the Breast Cancer Research Consortium, as well as serving as an investigator in the UCSF Breast SPORE (the Bay Area Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer). Dr. Rugo teaches medical students and physicians, and regularly lectures locally, nationally and internationally on subjects relating to the treatment of breast cancer. At UCSF, Dr. Rugo runs the Breast Forum, an open bimonthly evening educational session for breast cancer patients, families and friends from throughout the bay area.

Dr. Rugo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1983. She completed a residency in internal medicine and primary care followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of California San Francisco. She was a post-doctoral fellow in immunology participating in laboratory research at Stanford University from 1988-1990. In 1990, Dr. Rugo joined the faculty at UCSF in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Rugo has been recognized for her excellence in both patient care and in teaching of both medical students and training physicians. She has received several awards including the Bank of America Gianini Foundation Award and a UCSF Clinical Cancer Center Investigator Research Program intra-mural award. In 2006, she was honored for her work in Breast Cancer Research by the Friends of the Breast Care Center.

Outside of work, Dr. Rugo spends time with her two children, Philip and Alyssa-Faith, and her husband Martin. Her outside interests include bicycling, hiking, travel with her family and playing the flute.

Education

Tufts University, BS, 1979, Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania, MD, 1984, Medicine
University of California San Francisco, 1987, Resident, Internal Medicine
University of California San Francisco, 1990, Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
Stanford University, 1988-90, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Microbiology/Immunology
DNAX Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1989-90, Visiting Scientist, Immunology


Professional Experience

  • 1990-1992
    Clinical Instructor in Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 1992-1997
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 1997-1999
    Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 1999-2003
    Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-present
    Clinical Professor of Medicine (Div. of Hematology/Oncology), University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-present
    Director, Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Program

Honors & Awards

  • College
    Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi; Victor Prather Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research; Durkee Scholarship for promise and achievement in the field of chemistry; Max Tishler Prize Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the sciences
  • Medical School
    Henry Luce Scholar in the Philippines; Certificate of Commendation, Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health; National Health Service Corps Scholarship; Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
  • 1990
    Awarded Bank of America Gianini Foundation Research Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Cardiac Outcomes of Patients Receiving Adjuvant Weekly Paclitaxel and Trastuzumab for Node-Negative, ERBB2-Positive Breast Cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jan 1; 2(1):29-36.
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  2. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive (HER2+) metastatic breast cancer: how the latest results are improving therapeutic options. Ther Adv Med Oncol. 2015 Nov; 7(6):321-39.
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  3. Detection of cerebrospinal fluid tumor cells and its clinical relevance in leptomeningeal metastasis of breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Nov; 154(2):339-49.
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  4. A Novel Strategy for Detection and Enumeration of Circulating Rare Cell Populations in Metastatic Cancer Patients Using Automated Microfluidic Filtration and Multiplex Immunoassay. PLoS One. 2015; 10(10):e0141166.
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  5. Etirinotecan pegol (NKTR-102) versus treatment of physician's choice in women with advanced breast cancer previously treated with an anthracycline, a taxane, and capecitabine (BEACON): a randomised, open-label, multicentre, phase 3 trial. Lancet Oncol. 2015 Nov; 16(15):1556-68.
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  6. Dosing and Safety Implications for Oncologists When Administering Everolimus to Patients With Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer. Clin Breast Cancer. 2016 Feb; 16(1):18-22.
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  7. A Review of NEPA, a Novel Fixed Antiemetic Combination with the Potential for Enhancing Guideline Adherence and Improving Control of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. Biomed Res Int. 2015; 2015:651879.
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  8. Cancer-Related Fatigue, Version 2.2015. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Aug; 13(8):1012-39.
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  9. Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 4/6 Inhibitors for the Treatment of Breast Cancer: A Review of Preclinical and Clinical Data. Clin Breast Cancer. 2016 Feb; 16(1):8-17.
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  10. Association of tamoxifen use and ovarian function in patients with invasive or pre-invasive breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Aug; 153(1):173-81.
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  11. In Support of a Patient-Driven Initiative and Petition to Lower the High Price of Cancer Drugs. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015 Aug; 90(8):996-1000.
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  12. The impact of 5-hydroxytryptamine-receptor antagonists on chemotherapy treatment adherence, treatment delay, and nausea and vomiting. Cancer Manag Res. 2015; 7:175-88.
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  13. Randomized Phase III Trial of Paclitaxel Once Per Week Compared With Nanoparticle Albumin-Bound Nab-Paclitaxel Once Per Week or Ixabepilone With Bevacizumab As First-Line Chemotherapy for Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Breast Cancer: CALGB 40502/NCCTG N063H (Alliance). J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jul 20; 33(21):2361-9.
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  14. Serial expression analysis of breast tumors during neoadjuvant chemotherapy reveals changes in cell cycle and immune pathways associated with recurrence and response. Breast Cancer Res. 2015; 17(1):73.
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  15. Chemotherapy-related amenorrhea after adjuvant paclitaxel-trastuzumab (APT trial). Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Jun; 151(3):589-96.
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  16. TBCRC009: A Multicenter Phase II Clinical Trial of Platinum Monotherapy With Biomarker Assessment in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jun 10; 33(17):1902-9.
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  17. Prognostic associations of 25 hydroxy vitamin D in NCIC CTG MA.21, a phase III adjuvant randomized clinical trial of three chemotherapy regimens in high-risk breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Apr; 150(3):605-11.
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  18. TBCRC 019: A Phase II Trial of Nanoparticle Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel with or without the Anti-Death Receptor 5 Monoclonal Antibody Tigatuzumab in Patients with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Jun 15; 21(12):2722-9.
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  19. Variation in type of adjuvant chemotherapy received among patients with stage I breast cancer: A multi-institutional study. Cancer. 2015 Jun 15; 121(12):1937-48.
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  20. The Neoadjuvant Model Is Still the Future for Drug Development in Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Jul 1; 21(13):2911-5.
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