University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hope S. Rugo, MD

Hope S. Rugo, MD

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

Cancer Center Program Memberships

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. Rugo HS, Cortes J, Awada A, O'Shaughnessey J, Twelves CJ, Im SA, Hannah A, Lu L, Sy S, Caygill K, Zajchowski DA, Davis DW, Tagliaferri MA, Hoch U, Perez EA. Change in topoisomerase 1 (Top1) positive circulating tumor cells impacts overall survival in patients with advanced breast cancer after treatment with etirinotecan pegol. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Apr 04.
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  2. Rugo HS, Delord JP, Im SA, Ott PA, Piha-Paul SA, Bedard PL, Sachev J, Le Tourneau C, van Brummelen EMJ, Varga A, Salgado R, Loi S, Saraf S, Pietrangelo D, Karantza V, Tan AR. Safety and Antitumor Activity of Pembrolizumab in Patients with Estrogen Receptor?Positive/Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2?Negative Advanced Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Mar 20.
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  3. Durairaj C, Ruiz-Garcia A, Gauthier ER, Huang X, Lu DR, Hoffman JT, Finn RS, Joy AA, Ettl J, Rugo HS, Zheng J, Wilner KD, Wang DD. Palbociclib has no clinically relevant effect on the QTc interval in patients with advanced breast cancer. Anticancer Drugs. 2018 03; 29(3):271-280.
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  4. Loibl S, O'Shaughnessy J, Untch M, Sikov WM, Rugo HS, McKee MD, Huober J, Golshan M, von Minckwitz G, Maag D, Sullivan D, Wolmark N, McIntyre K, Ponce Lorenzo JJ, Metzger Filho O, Rastogi P, Symmans WF, Liu X, Geyer CE. Addition of the PARP inhibitor veliparib plus carboplatin or carboplatin alone to standard neoadjuvant chemotherapy in triple-negative breast cancer (BrighTNess): a randomised, phase 3 trial. Lancet Oncol. 2018 Apr; 19(4):497-509.
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  5. Chambers MS, Rugo HS, Litton JK, Meiller TF. Stomatitis associated with mammalian target of rapamycin inhibition: A review of pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and clinical implications for oral practice in metastatic breast cancer. J Am Dent Assoc. 2018 Apr; 149(4):291-298.
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  6. Juric D, Rodon J, Tabernero J, Janku F, Burris HA, Schellens JHM, Middleton MR, Berlin J, Schuler M, Gil-Martin M, Rugo HS, Seggewiss-Bernhardt R, Huang A, Bootle D, Demanse D, Blumenstein L, Coughlin C, Quadt C, Baselga J. Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase a-Selective Inhibition With Alpelisib (BYL719) in PIK3CA-Altered Solid Tumors: Results From the First-in-Human Study. J Clin Oncol. 2018 Feb 05; JCO2017727107.
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  7. Rugo HS, Diéras V, Gelmon KA, Finn RS, Slamon DJ, Martin M, Neven P, Shparyk Y, Mori A, Lu DR, Bhattacharyya H, Bartlett CH, Iyer S, Johnston S, Ettl J, Harbeck N. Impact of Palbociclib Plus Letrozole on Patient Reported Health-Related Quality of Life: Results From the PALOMA-2 Trial. Ann Oncol. 2018 Jan 19.
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  8. Magbanua MJM, Rugo HS, Wolf DM, Hauranieh L, Roy R, Pendyala P, Sosa EV, Scott JH, Lee JS, Pitcher B, Hyslop T, Barry WT, Isakoff SJ, Dickler M, Van't Veer L, Park JW. Expanded Genomic Profiling of Circulating Tumor Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients to Assess Biomarker Status and Biology Over Time (CALGB 40502 and CALGB 40503, Alliance). Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Mar 15; 24(6):1486-1499.
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  9. de Mingo Pulido Á, Gardner A, Hiebler S, Soliman H, Rugo HS, Krummel MF, Coussens LM, Ruffell B. TIM-3 Regulates CD103+ Dendritic Cell Function and Response to Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer. Cancer Cell. 2018 Jan 08; 33(1):60-74.e6.
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  10. Vidula N, Rugo HS. Emerging data on improving response to hormone therapy: the role of novel targeted agents. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2018 01; 18(1):3-18.
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  11. Cardoso F, Costa A, Senkus E, Aapro M, André F, Barrios CH, Bergh J, Bhattacharyya G, Biganzoli L, Cardoso MJ, Carey L, Corneliussen-James D, Curigliano G, Dieras V, El Saghir N, Eniu A, Fallowfield L, Fenech D, Francis P, Gelmon K, Gennari A, Harbeck N, Hudis C, Kaufman B, Krop I, Mayer M, Meijer H, Mertz S, Ohno S, Pagani O, Papadopoulos E, Peccatori F, Penault-Llorca F, Piccart MJ, Pierga JY, Rugo H, Shockney L, Sledge G, Swain S, Thomssen C, Tutt A, Vorobiof D, Xu B, Norton L, Winer E. 3rd ESO-ESMO International Consensus Guidelines for Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC 3). Ann Oncol. 2017 12 01; 28(12):3111.
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  12. Crawford J, Becker PS, Armitage JO, Blayney DW, Chavez J, Curtin P, Dinner S, Fynan T, Gojo I, Griffiths EA, Hough S, Kloth DD, Kuter DJ, Lyman GH, Mably M, Mukherjee S, Patel S, Perez LE, Poust A, Rampal R, Roy V, Rugo HS, Saad AA, Schwartzberg LS, Shayani S, Talbott M, Vadhan-Raj S, Vasu S, Wadleigh M, Westervelt P, Burns JL, Pluchino L. Myeloid Growth Factors, Version 2.2017, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Dec; 15(12):1520-1541.
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  13. Frenel JS, Le Tourneau C, O'Neil B, Ott PA, Piha-Paul SA, Gomez-Roca C, van Brummelen EMJ, Rugo HS, Thomas S, Saraf S, Rangwala R, Varga A. Safety and Efficacy of Pembrolizumab in Advanced, Programmed Death Ligand 1-Positive Cervical Cancer: Results From the Phase Ib KEYNOTE-028 Trial. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Dec 20; 35(36):4035-4041.
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  14. Rugo HS. Real-world use of scalp cooling to reduce chemotherapy-related hair loss. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2017 Nov; 15(11):828-831.
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  15. Cortés J, Rugo HS, Awada A, Twelves C, Perez EA, Im SA, Gómez-Pardo P, Schwartzberg LS, Diéras V, Yardley DA, Potter DA, Mailliez A, Moreno-Aspitia A, Ahn JS, Zhao C, Hoch U, Tagliaferri M, Hannah AL, O'Shaughnessy J. Erratum to: Prolonged survival in patients with breast cancer and a history of brain metastases: results of a preplanned subgroup analysis from the randomized phase III BEACON trial. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 11; 166(1):327-328.
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  16. Rabow M, Small R, Jow A, Majure M, Chien A, Melisko M, Belkora J, Esserman LJ, Rugo H. The value of embedding: integrated palliative care for patients with metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Feb; 167(3):703-708.
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  17. Thomssen C, El Saghir NS, Francis PA, Jassem J, Rugo HS, Untch M. Dual HER2 Blockade. Breast Care (Basel). 2017 Oct; 12(5):345-349.
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  18. Rugo HS, Gelmon K. Use of Neoadjuvant Platinum-The Ongoing Conundrum. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Oct 01; 3(10):1312-1314.
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  19. Rice BA, Ver Hoeve ES, DeLuca AN, Esserman LJ, Rugo HS, Melisko ME. Registry study to assess hair loss prevention with the Penguin Cold Cap in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Jan; 167(1):117-122.
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  20. Wolf DM, Yau C, Sanil A, Glas A, Petricoin E, Wulfkuhle J, Severson TM, Linn S, Brown-Swigart L, Hirst G, Buxton M, DeMichele A, Hylton N, Symmans F, Yee D, Paoloni M, Esserman L, Berry D, Rugo H, Olopade O, van 't Veer L. DNA repair deficiency biomarkers and the 70-gene ultra-high risk signature as predictors of veliparib/carboplatin response in the I-SPY 2 breast cancer trial. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2017; 3:31.
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