November 3rd, 2017

When You’ve Done Your Best, Everything Falls into Place

By CalOrchid oplasencia2

I was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer in late August and received surgery 5 weeks following the diagnosis. I had been noticing several benign nodules with a previous physician, but he disregarded them and closed the case. Unsatisfied with this conclusion, I remained adamant to find another endocrinologist who would explore the issue further. I […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Masha Lihvits, Endocrine Center, endocrinology, medullary thyroid cancer, patient stories, surgery, ucla endocrine

Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

October 25th, 2017

Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

UCLA’s 10th annual Dribble for the Cure event, a rally generating funds for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer, drew over 1,200 participants and $192,000 — a record on both counts compared to past years. Each year, participants gather on UCLA’s campus and dribble basketballs alongside the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball teams. This […]

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Tags: Dr. Theodore Bruce Moore, Dr. Theodore Moore, dribble for the cure

October 11th, 2017

A miracle

By Singer rainsingo

I was at my annual checkup when my internist found a lump. I had not felt it. He recommended an ultrasound. The lump was 2.7 cm and a biopsy was done. A very thorough biopsy and I was told I had cancer. I trust UCLA doctors so although I was nervous before the surgery I […]

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Tags: annual checkup, biopsy, cancer, Dr. Michael Yeh, Endocrine Center, endocrinology, internist, lump, patient stories, pre-cancer, surgery, ultrasound

October 3rd, 2017

Happy Ending

By Bridgetci bridget0801

I had a lump and was told there was a 50-50 chance it was cancer. I was told by someone that I needed surgery for complete removal. Dr. Livhits was very positive. She said that although there was a chance a second surgery could be needed that if I wanted partial removal it made sense […]

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Tags: Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrine, endocrinology, pain medication, patient stories, precancerous lump, second surgery, UCLA Endocrine Center

October 2nd, 2017

Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis

By Kaizer Sose mikahwilliams

I was scared when I first found out about my diagnosis over the phone. Yet after learning about thyroid cancer from Dr. Livhits she put me at ease and I was comfortable with going through with surgery. I would recommend that people get tested right away to ensure a positive outcome.

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Tags: Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrine, endocrinology, patient stories, thyroid cancer, UCLA Endocrine Center

September 29th, 2017

Parathyriod Tumor

By Dev devmyshal

I was diagnosed with a Parathyroid tumor a few years ago but was afraid to have surgery. Dr. Yeh was highly recommended and I happened to meet a couple of people who had surgery by him. I decided to come to UCLA from Orange County and my experience with Dr. Yeh has been wonderful from […]

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Tags: consultation, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, endocrinology, Orange County, parathyroid tumor, patient stories, post-op visit, UCLA Endocrine Center

New clinical trial could boost immunotherapy’s power against cancer

September 25th, 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

September 20th, 2017

When You’re in Good Hands

By Saul frairesaul

From the very beginning, Dr. Yeh made me feel very comfortable and took the time to walk me through everything, ensuring that I had a firm grasp on my diagnosis as well as the next steps of treatment. I had my daughter and wife with me for my first visit and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism […]

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Tags: anesthesiologists, cancer, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, Endocrine Center, endocrinology, hyperthyroidism, nurses, patient stories, surgery, thyroid cancer

September 12th, 2017

In spite…there is still hope

By Tasha mahdinatasha

Last year I was working for an Americorps program in Sacramento. In the spring I noticed that my throat had gotten so large that I could not button my collar. I came to a graduation at USC for my brother-in-law in May and my parents noticed the difference. I had a June appointment made with […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer surgery, diet, Dr. Michael Yeh, Endocrine Center, endocrinologist, endocrinology, iodine, iodine pill, no salt, no seafood, nodule

Protecting kids against HPV before cancer risk increases

August 15th, 2017

Protecting kids against HPV before cancer risk increases

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

Some parents remain hesitant to get their children vaccinated for the human papilloma virus, despite assurances by medical experts that the recommended shots are both highly safe and effective. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine to protect females between the ages of 9 and 26 and males between the ages of 9 and […]

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Tags: adolescent cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, HPV, HPV vaccine