University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
June MayLin Chan, ScD

June MayLin Chan, ScD

Professor & Vice Chair, Education, UCSF Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Assoc. Chair, Clinical Research, UCSF Urology
Steven and Christine Burd-Safeway Distinguished Professor, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Prostate Cancer

Research Summary

My main research interests are in understanding how diet, exercise, other lifestyle factors, and genetics contribute to cancer progression and death. Our program aims to identify modifiable lifestyle risk factors for cancer progression, use this information to better understand cancer biology, and inform public health guidelines. I have worked in this area, with a specific focus on prostate cancer, for ~20 years. Our work is highly collaborative - our clinical and translational studies work to identify risk-reduction strategies for men with or at high risk for prostate cancer, evaluate novel molecular markers of prostate cancer aggressiveness that may improve screening, diagnosis, or prognosis of clinically relevant disease, and improve cancer survivorship for the millions of men living with prostate cancer worldwide.

I lead the Diet and Lifestyle Study within the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor (CaPSURE); am PI of a randomized clinical trial examining an exercise intervention among men pursuing active surveillance for prostate cancer; co-PI on a large Dept. of Defense Translational Impact Award focused on improving risk stratification and decision support for men considering active surveillance for low risk prostate cancer; serve on the steering committee for a global clinical trial of exercise among men with metastatic prostate cancer; and am co-investigator on a trial examining a 2 year remotely monitored blended diet and exercise intervention for men undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. I also collaborate with team members on lifestyle interventions and observational research in bladder and colorectal cancer survivors.

Education

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA , B.A., 1994, Applied Math in Biology
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, ScD, 11/98, Epidemiology (Cancer)
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 11/98-11/00, Postdoctoral Fellow-Epidemiology

Honors & Awards

  • 1994-96
    Fulbright Scholar, Uppsala University, Sweden, Dept. of Medical Epidemiology
  • 1996 & 1997
    Pforzheimer Public Service Fellowship, Harvard University
  • 1998
    Society for Epidemiologic Research Abraham Lilienfeld Student Prize
  • 1998
    Association for the Cure of Cancer of the Prostate ("CaPCURE") - Young Investigator Award
  • 2000
    AACR-AFLAC Young Investigator Scholars in Cancer Research Award
  • 2001
    REAC Intramural award, UCSF
  • 2002
    AACR-California Department of Health Services Early Career Development Award in Gender-Related Cancer Research (prostate)
  • 2003
    Prostate Cancer Foundation ("CaPCURE") - Competitive Award (6/03 & 12/03)
  • UCSF Equal Opportunity Faculty Development Award
  • 2009
    Awarded Steven & Christine Burd-Safeway Distinguished Professorship, Urology, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Langlais CS, Chan JM. Opportunities and challenges for research on low-carbohydrate diets in prostate cancer. Nat Rev Urol. 2020 Aug; 17(8):437-438.
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  2. Zuniga KB, Borno H, Chan JM, Van Blarigan EL, Friedlander TW, Wang S, Zhang L, Kenfield SA. The Problem of Underrepresentation: Black Participants in Lifestyle Trials Among Patients with Prostate Cancer. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 Oct; 7(5):996-1002.
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  3. Van Blarigan EL, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Van Loon K, Paciorek A, Zhang L, Chan H, Savoie MB, Bocobo AG, Liu VN, Wong LX, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Miaskowski C, Fukuoka Y, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Web-Based Dietary Intervention with Text Messages for Colorectal Cancer: A Randomized Pilot Trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 04; 29(4):752-760.
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  4. Belkora J, Chan JM, Cooperberg MR, Neuhaus J, Stupar L, Weinberg T, Broering JM, Tenggara I, Cowan JE, Rosenfeld S, Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Simko JP, Witte J, Carroll PR. Development and pilot evaluation of a personalized decision support intervention for low risk prostate cancer patients. Cancer Med. 2020 01; 9(1):125-132.
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  5. Kornberg Z, Cooperberg MR, Cowan JE, Chan JM, Shinohara K, Simko JP, Tenggara I, Carroll PR. A 17-Gene Genomic Prostate Score as a Predictor of Adverse Pathology in Men on Active Surveillance. J Urol. 2019 10; 202(4):702-709.
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  6. Cedars BE, Washington SL, Cowan JE, Leapman M, Tenggara I, Chan JM, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR. Stability of a 17-Gene Genomic Prostate Score in Serial Testing of Men on Active Surveillance for Early Stage Prostate Cancer. J Urol. 2019 10; 202(4):696-701.
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  7. Zuniga KB, Zhao S, Kenfield SA, Cedars B, Cowan JE, Van Blarigan EL, Broering JM, Carroll PR, Chan JM. Trends in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Patients with Prostate Cancer. J Urol. 2019 10; 202(4):689-695.
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  8. Langlais CS, Cowan JE, Neuhaus J, Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Broering JM, Cooperberg MR, Carroll P, Chan JM. Obesity at Diagnosis and Prostate Cancer Prognosis and Recurrence Risk Following Primary Treatment by Radical Prostatectomy. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 11; 28(11):1917-1925.
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  9. Herlemann A, Huang HC, Alam R, Tosoian JJ, Kim HL, Klein EA, Simko JP, Chan JM, Lane BR, Davis JW, Davicioni E, Feng FY, McCue P, Kim H, Den RB, Bismar TA, Carroll PR, Cooperberg MR. Decipher identifies men with otherwise clinically favorable-intermediate risk disease who may not be good candidates for active surveillance. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2020 03; 23(1):136-143.
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  10. Zuniga KB, Chan JM, Ryan CJ, Kenfield SA. Diet and lifestyle considerations for patients with prostate cancer. Urol Oncol. 2020 03; 38(3):105-117.
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  11. Downer MK, Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Wilson KM, Dickerman BA, Giovannucci EL, Rimm EB, Wang M, Mucci LA, Willett WC, Chan JM, Van Blarigan EL. Alcohol Intake and Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. J Clin Oncol. 2019 06 10; 37(17):1499-1511.
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  12. Watts EL, Perez-Cornago A, Appleby PN, Albanes D, Ardanaz E, Black A, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Chan JM, Chen C, Chubb SAP, Cook MB, Deschasaux M, Donovan JL, English DR, Flicker L, Freedman ND, Galan P, Giles GG, Giovannucci EL, Gunter MJ, Habel LA, Häggström C, Haiman C, Hamdy FC, Hercberg S, Holly JM, Huang J, Huang WY, Johansson M, Kaaks R, Kubo T, Lane JA, Layne TM, Le Marchand L, Martin RM, Metter EJ, Mikami K, Milne RL, Morris HA, Mucci LA, Neal DE, Neuhouser ML, Oliver SE, Overvad K, Ozasa K, Pala V, Pernar CH, Pollak M, Rowlands MA, Schaefer CA, Schenk JM, Stattin P, Tamakoshi A, Thysell E, Touvier M, Trichopoulou A, Tsilidis KK, Van Den Eeden SK, Weinstein SJ, Wilkens L, Yeap BB, Key TJ, Allen NE, Travis RC. The associations of anthropometric, behavioural and sociodemographic factors with circulating concentrations of IGF-I, IGF-II, IGFBP-1, IGFBP-2 and IGFBP-3 in a pooled analysis of 16,024 men from 22 studies. Int J Cancer. 2019 12 15; 145(12):3244-3256.
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  13. Van Blarigan EL, Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors (Smart Pace): a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 11; 19(1):218.
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  14. Zhao SG, Lehrer J, Chang SL, Das R, Erho N, Liu Y, Sjöström M, Den RB, Freedland SJ, Klein EA, Karnes RJ, Schaeffer EM, Xu M, Speers C, Nguyen PL, Ross AE, Chan JM, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR, Davicioni E, Fong L, Spratt DE, Feng FY. The Immune Landscape of Prostate Cancer and Nomination of PD-L2 as a Potential Therapeutic Target. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 03 01; 111(3):301-310.
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  15. Kornberg Z, Cowan JE, Westphalen AC, Cooperberg MR, Chan JM, Zhao S, Shinohara K, Carroll PR. Genomic Prostate Score, PI-RADS™ version 2 and Progression in Men with Prostate Cancer on Active Surveillance. J Urol. 2019 02; 201(2):300-307.
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  16. Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Ameli N, Lavaki E, Cedars B, Paciorek AT, Monroy C, Tantum LK, Newton RU, Signorell C, Suh JH, Zhang L, Cooperberg MR, Carroll PR, Chan JM. Feasibility, Acceptability, and Behavioral Outcomes from a Technology-enhanced Behavioral Change Intervention (Prostate 8): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial in Men with Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2019 06; 75(6):950-958.
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  17. Ahearn TU, Peisch S, Pettersson A, Ebot EM, Zhou CK, Graff RE, Sinnott JA, Fazli L, Judson GL, Bismar TA, Rider JR, Gerke T, Chan JM, Fiorentino M, Flavin R, Sesso HD, Finn S, Giovannucci EL, Gleave M, Loda M, Li Z, Pollak M, Mucci LA. Expression of IGF/insulin receptor in prostate cancer tissue and progression to lethal disease. Carcinogenesis. 2018 12 31; 39(12):1431-1437.
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  18. Winters-Stone KM, Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Moe EL, Ramsdill JW, Daniel K, Macaire G, Paich K, Kessler ER, Kucuk O, Gillespie TW, Lyons KS, Beer TM, Broering JM, Carroll PR, Chan JM. Effect of Increasing Levels of Web-Based Behavioral Support on Changes in Physical Activity, Diet, and Symptoms in Men With Prostate Cancer: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2018 Nov 15; 7(11):e11257.
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  19. Travis RC, Perez-Cornago A, Appleby PN, Albanes D, Joshu CE, Lutsey PL, Mondul AM, Platz EA, Weinstein SJ, Layne TM, Helzlsouer KJ, Visvanathan K, Palli D, Peeters PH, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Trichopoulou A, Gunter MJ, Tsilidis KK, Sánchez MJ, Olsen A, Brenner H, Schöttker B, Perna L, Holleczek B, Knekt P, Rissanen H, Yeap BB, Flicker L, Almeida OP, Wong YYE, Chan JM, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Ursin G, Gislefoss RE, Bjørge T, Meyer HE, Blomhoff R, Tsugane S, Sawada N, English DR, Eyles DW, Heath AK, Williamson EJ, Manjer J, Malm J, Almquist M, Marchand LL, Haiman CA, Wilkens LR, Schenk JM, Tangen CM, Black A, Cook MB, Huang WY, Ziegler RG, Martin RM, Hamdy FC, Donovan JL, Neal DE, Touvier M, Hercberg S, Galan P, Deschasaux M, Key TJ, Allen NE. A Collaborative Analysis of Individual Participant Data from 19 Prospective Studies Assesses Circulating Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer Risk. Cancer Res. 2019 01 01; 79(1):274-285.
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  20. Watts EL, Appleby PN, Perez-Cornago A, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Chan JM, Chen C, Cohn BA, Cook MB, Flicker L, Freedman ND, Giles GG, Giovannucci E, Gislefoss RE, Hankey GJ, Kaaks R, Knekt P, Kolonel LN, Kubo T, Le Marchand L, Luben RN, Luostarinen T, Männistö S, Metter EJ, Mikami K, Milne RL, Ozasa K, Platz EA, Quirós JR, Rissanen H, Sawada N, Stampfer M, Stanczyk FZ, Stattin P, Tamakoshi A, Tangen CM, Thompson IM, Tsilidis KK, Tsugane S, Ursin G, Vatten L, Weiss NS, Yeap BB, Allen NE, Key TJ, Travis RC. Low Free Testosterone and Prostate Cancer Risk: A Collaborative Analysis of 20 Prospective Studies. Eur Urol. 2018 11; 74(5):585-594.
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