Prostate Cancer Program

The Prostate Cancer Program of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer is a multidisciplinary group of investigators focused on understanding the core biology that drives the clinical behavior of prostate cancer across the full spectrum of the disease.

The Prostate Cancer Program comprises 25 basic and clinical scientists from nine departments working together to translate research into advances in the epidemiology, prevention, staging, and treatment of prostate cancer. Program faculty represent membership in five graduate programs: Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS); Biomedical Sciences (BMS); Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG); and Chemical Biology.

The goals of the Program are to promote interdisciplinary research that will allow a better understanding of the biology of prostate cancer from the biologic and environmental factors associated with carcinogenesis, through the early detection and disease progression to prognostication, and the biologic basis of disease progression. The ultimate goal is the development of novel intervention strategies that will improve the lives of men who carry a diagnosis of prostate cancer or who are at risk of developing prostate cancer.

The Prostate Cancer Program pursues these goals through ongoing work in four major thematic areas:

  • Risk and Oncogenesis
  • Prognosis and Progression
  • Biology and Therapeutic Targets
  • Disparities, Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL), and Outcomes