Cancer

More precise results from robotic-assisted prostate surgery

Using a robotic surgical technique to excise the prostate appears to improve cancer-cell removal and reduce the need for additional post-surgery therapies.
Xiaolin Zi

Can kava cure cancer?

Commonly brewed for tea, the plant compound is being studied for its effectiveness against bladder malignancies.

Experimental treatment eradicates acute leukemia in mice

Using an existing drug and a new drug developed at UCLA, the researchers wiped out cancer cells in mice with a deadly type of blood cancer, leaving healthy blood cells alone. The treatment might also have applications for other blood diseases.

Immunotherapy: the last hope

Patricia Hollowell
Patricia Hollowell gets a hug from her grandson Cody, 3, at her daughter's home in San Rafael, Calif.
Credit: Cindy Chew

Patricia Hollowell, 80, was diagnosed with melanoma in April 2012.

She had three surgeries in quick succession in her hometown of Grand Junction, Colo., that removed the tumors from her head but didn’t prevent them from coming back and spreading quickly to her neck and lymph nodes.

The ultimate betrayal

Robert Bruce and Adil Daud
Robert Bruce meets with Adil Daud, MD, at UCSF Medical Center to discuss the progress of his immunotherapy treatments as part of Daud's clinical trial of the PD-1 antibody.
Credit: Cindy Chew

When Robert Bruce, of El Dorado, Calif., was diagnosed in March 2011 with stage-4 melanoma, he already had tumors on his head, lungs, ribs and lymph nodes.

human T cell

Killing cancer through the immune system

What if the body could heal itself of even the most aggressive and deadly tumors? In the span of a few years, the idea has gone from New Age notion to medical reality.

UC grad students driving force behind research

UC trains 26,000 doctoral students and 6,400 postdoctoral fellows whose work addresses issues like renewable energy, poverty, conservation and global health.

New strategies pinpoint breast cancer risk, spare many from agony

With the help of donations from state tax filers, the California Breast Cancer Research Program funds innovative research. Studies have led to simple tests that guide treatment by distinguishing non-invasive forms of the cancer from aggressive types.

Lower-nicotine cigarettes may help smokers quit

Smokers in study did not overcompensate for lower nicotine content.

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