Items Tagged ‘UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’

March 15, 2019

Women of UCLA Health: Trailblazers in health care, medicine and science

By uclahealth uclahealth

March is Women’s History Month, which “honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.” We take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions women have made to the fabric of our nation, including in the fields of medicine and science. This observance traces its roots to 1981, […]

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Tags: biobehavioral sciences, Health Care Leader to Know, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, Neurological Surgery, nurse practitioner, Precision Medicine, psychiatry, public health, thoracic imaging, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, women leaders in health care


Debunking some myths about one of the most common forms of cancer

March 1, 2019

Debunking some myths about one of the most common forms of cancer

By Denise Heady deniseheady

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women – but it needn’t be. That’s because screening can find colon cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. And screening can prevent it from occurring at all. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in three people in the United […]

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Tags: colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, Dr. Zev Wainberg, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


What is immunotherapy?

February 11, 2019

What is immunotherapy?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Medical researchers have had breakthroughs in treating certain types of cancer by bolstering a patient’s immune system. Known as immunotherapy, or biologic therapy, it treats cancer differently than established treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplant and surgery. To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved immunotherapy treatments for 17 cancer […]

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Tags: blood cancer, bone marrow transplant, CAR T cell therapy, chimeric antigen receptor, engineered T cells, immune system, immunotherapy, T cell, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Coping with Childhood Cancer

December 4, 2018

Coping with Childhood Cancer

By uclahealth uclahealth

It can be difficult to know what to do next when your child receives a cancer diagnosis. Gathering information and asking questions is usually the first step to feeling more confident and in control. These tips can help you cope. Information is key to helping kids with cancer Part of the information-gathering process may include […]

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Tags: childhood cancer, coping with cancer, hematology, oncology, pediatric cancer, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Urologist's first pitch at Dodgers game raises awareness for prostate cancer

September 21, 2018

Urologist’s first pitch at Dodgers game raises awareness for prostate cancer

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

The crowd at Dodger Stadium on a recent night received a reminder (and a reassurance) of something many prefer not to think about: prostate cancer. UCLA Urology Chair Dr. Mark Litwin threw the ceremonial first pitch at the game, a request of former Dodger star Steve Garvey. The pitch marked the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Prostate […]

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Tags: cancer treatment, Clark Urology Center, Dr. Mark Litwin, Mark Litwin, men's health, prostate cancer, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, urology


Stem cell transplants: What you need to know

September 13, 2018

Stem cell transplants: What you need to know

By Denise Heady deniseheady

Stem cell transplants, also known as bone marrow transplants, are used successfully to treat people with life-threatening blood cancers and other rare blood diseases, giving people a second chance at life. More formally known as hematopoietic (of the blood) stem cell transplants, these procedures transfuse healthy cells into a person after his or her own […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Joshua Sasine, stem-cell transplants, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


New clinical trial could boost immunotherapy’s power against cancer

September 25, 2017

New clinical trial could boost immunotherapy’s power against cancer

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

Good news: Cancer survival rates are improving. The five-year cancer survival rate has risen from 49 percent in the mid-1970s to 69 percent in 2013, even as the U.S. cancer death rate has decreased by 25 percent through 2014. But these rates could be even better. A new clinical trial led by Dr. Antoni Ribas […]

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Tags: aggressive cancer, Antoni Ribas, cancer treatment, clinical trial, immunotherapy, immunotherapy clinical trial, late stage cancer, melanoma, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Their goal: Taking the fear out of prenatal testing

July 25, 2017

Their goal: Taking the fear out of prenatal testing

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

For pregnant women, the prospect of prenatal testing creates both hope and fear. The hope: That they’ll learn the gender of their unborn child and that it will be shown to be developing normally. The risk: That the test itself will create a health risk for them or their baby. New UCLA-led research could ultimately […]

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Tags: California nanoSystems Institute, Crump Institute, Hsian-Rong Tseng, prenatal testing, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment have evolved. Here’s where we are:

July 3, 2017

Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment have evolved. Here’s where we are:

By Tami Dennis tamidennis

If you’re a man of a certain age, or someone who loves him, the thought of prostate cancer is never far away. After all, the disease is the most common cancer diagnosis in men, and the likelihood increases with age. That’s why researchers and physicians worldwide are working to improve diagnoses and treatments. No one […]

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Tags: diagnosis, Dr. Mark Litwin, prostate cancer, treatment, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


Experience research first-hand through a clinical trial

June 28, 2017

Experience research first-hand through a clinical trial

By Roxanne Moster rmoster

When the lab results came back from my recent annual checkup, I found I had joined a club frequented by all-too-many of my fellow Baby Boomers.  My AC1 score – a standard test used to diagnose diabetes – had crept up to the prediabetes range. I do have a sweet tooth, but I exercise regularly […]

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Tags: clinical trials, Dr Meghan Brennan, research, study volunteers, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center