CureTalks@UCSFCancer Research Interviews
CureTalks invites a diverse group of doctors, nutritionists, professors, researchers, patients, parents and health professionals from around the world to discuss a wide range of medical, health and wellness issues.
October 10, 2019: New Developments in Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women (although men can get it too). Some breast cancers are driven by inherited mutations while most are sporadic, driven by unknown causes or by environmental or behavioral factors like obesity, lack of exercise, or alcohol use. Breast cancer screening aims to reduce the number of women who die from the disease and the statistics tell us that even though the rates of breast cancer now are greater than they were in the early 1980s, fewer women are dying from the disease. However, the scientific evidence backing screening's benefits is mixed. We are talking to Dr. Esserman of UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center about developments in breast cancer screening and new treatments.
August 15, 2019: Will Precision Medicine work for me? Advances and Challenges in Cancer Research
Precision medicine is an emerging approach in cancer treatment and prevention. Its central principle revolves around the ability to identify personal gene characteristics and match them to specific treatment options. The advances and challenges of precision medicine in cancer care were discussed with Dr. Luke Gilbert and Dr. Eric Collisson of UCSFs Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and patient advocates Heidi Floyd and Adam Hayden.
April 23, 2019: Dr. Larry Fong on Cancer Immunotherapy
Dr. Fong, leader of the HDFCCC Cancer Immunotherapy Program, was featured in April 2019 on the CureTalks podcast for a live discussion of the latest in cancer immunotherapy research, clinical trials, and treatments.
Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer. Several types of immunotherapy are used to treat cancer. These treatments either re-engineer the immune cells or empower them to launch an attack on the cancer directly. Immunotherapy has led to remarkable results for some cancers, eradicating difficult-to-treat tumors and, in some cases, causing complete remission of disease.
Listen to the full podcast below, or view the transcript at CureTalks.com.