Nurse Scientist Christine Miaskowski: Four Decades Helping Patients in Pain

For 40 years, Christine Miaskowksi, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been investigating the causes of- and solutions for the debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. In recognition of her contributions as a nurse scientist, Miaskowski recently received one of nursing’s pre-eminent awards. Below, Miaskowski

Reflections on Living with Glioblastoma

More than four years after a diagnosis of glioblastoma (GBM), Susan Sandler shares her experience of living with the challenges of brain cancer.She chronicles her personal journey and revelations in her newly published book, a collection of essays titled When I First Found Out I Had Cancer. Susan

Climate Change Will Give Rise to More Cancers

Climate change will bring an acute toll worldwide, with rising temperatures, wildfires and poor air quality, accompanied by higher rates of cancer, especially lung, skin and gastrointestinal cancers, according to a new report from UC San Francisco. Robert Hiatt, MD, PhD Associate Director for

Axing the ACA Means Young Adults with Cancer Lose Coverage

A new study led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has quantified the impact of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), which enables 18- to 25-year-olds to remain on their parents insurance plans, including cancer patients who require long

4 UCSF Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Medicine for 2020

Four UC San Francisco faculty members are among the 100 new national and international members elected this year to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health of medicine. Membership in the NAM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding

Mekhail Anwar, MD, PhD, Builds a Tiny Microscope for Wireless Biopsy

Mekhail Anwar, MD, PhD, associate professor in residence in the Dept. of Radiation Oncology, recently received an NIH New Innovator Award. His project, titled INSITE (Implantable Photonic Sensors for Immunoresponse in the Tumor microenvironment), proposes to assess response or resistance to

Risk of Deadly Skin Cancer May Be Gauged by Accumulated DNA Damage

Risk for melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, can be estimated long before detection of any suspicious moles, according to a UC San Francisco scientist who led a new study to detect DNA mutations in individual skin cells. Skin damage from the sun builds up over time but is often not obvious to the