May 26th, 2017

UCLA cancer expert believes high-risk populations should be checked for melanoma during annual checkup

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

As rates of skin cancer, or melanoma, rise for men and women in the United States, health experts are debating the effectiveness of annual total body examinations in helping to detect the disease in its earlier stages, since skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Routine full body exams […]

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Tags: cancer, men's health, metastatic melanoma, physical examination, self-skin exams, women's health

May 20th, 2017

Hip Replacement Surgery

By Mike Costanza mvc57

I had much needed right hip replacement surgery on Monday the 8th at UCLA. My experience was fantastic the Dr’s and nurses who took care of me could not have been better. I am a cancer survivor so my history dictated a different path to get thru the surgery. Dr. Kamdar the lead anesthesiologist was […]

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Tags: anesthesiologist, cancer, cancer survivor, Dr. Eric Johnson, Dr. Nirav Kamdar, hip replacement, patient stories, physical therapy

May 19th, 2017

Unexpected Discovery

By rbertell rbertell

I’m a teacher and have 2 beautiful children who are grown up and self dependent. I had my thyroid removed a few weeks ago because it was found to be cancerous, and I discovered it in an unconventional way. I was in the doctor’s office for something else, and the doctor pointed out that I […]

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Tags: Dr. Micheal Yeh, nodule, nodules, patient stories, support group, thyroid, thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules

Sam's Love for Song (A Tribute)

May 18th, 2017

Sam’s Love for Song (A Tribute)

By Expressive Arts Therapies UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital expressiveartstherapies

This tribute is shared in honor of Samatha Surban (1/17/2006-2/10/2017). We would like to honor her special spirit, strength and love for music. Sam spent time consistently participating in Music Therapy sessions while receiving treatment at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Sam LOVED music and was absolutely determined to learn guitar and master some of her […]

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Tags: cancer, Chase Child Life, child life, featured, music, music sessions, music therapy, musical instruments, patient stories, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

May 18th, 2017

Great Experience At UCLA

By AG1745 ag1674

Almost 7 years ago and found out I had cancer in one breast. I came in and saw Dr. Chen and he told me that I had cancer. It had started with my husband looking on the internet for doctors in regards to breast cancer but when I came to UCLA I felt secure and […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Dr. Chen, patient stories

Hope for a new treatment for ovarian cancer

May 8th, 2017

Hope for a new treatment for ovarian cancer

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

On World Ovarian Cancer Day, celebrated this year on May 8, women fighting the disease have new reason to hope. This international awareness day was created to build solidarity among women with ovarian cancer. For decades, researchers have been trying to unravel the mystery of why up to 85 percent of women who undergo the standard treatment […]

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Tags: advanced ovarian cancer, aggressive cancer, cancer research, cancer treatment, Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, epithelial ovarian cancer, gynecologic cancer, gynecologic oncology, Ovarian Cancer, ovarian cancer research, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center, women's health

April 27th, 2017

Complete Thyroidectomy

By brittany01 brittany01

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when I was 18 and had a complete thyroidectomy at that time. Now I’m 30, and coming back for additional treatment. Throughout everything, I’ve become quite familiar with the research around the procedures I have gone through and have looked all around the country for the best doctors of […]

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Tags: cancer, Complete Thyroidectomy, patient stories, thyroid cancer, thyroidectomy

April 24th, 2017

Left Adrenalcortical Carcinoma Surgery

By karen441 karen441

In early January 2017 I was diagnosed with a 12 cm tumor on my left adrenal gland and referred to Dr. Yeh and Dr. Livhits. One trip to UCLA resulted in an immediate surgery scheduled as well as a same day consult with Dr. Michael Wong, an oncologist specializing in this type of rare cancer. […]

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Tags: adrenal gland, adrenalcortical carcinoma, adrenalcortical carcinoma surgery, cancer, chemotherapy, Dr. Masha Livhits, Dr. Michael Wong, Dr. Michael Yeh, epidural, oncologist, patient stories, surgery

2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium

April 20th, 2017

2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium

By uclahealth uclahealth

The UCLA Brain Research Institute, Semel Institute, and UCLA Cannabinoid Affinity Group are proud to present: Inaugural 2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium Thu, April 20, 2017 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT Join us for a historic series of talks from visiting speakers and UCLA faculty about the science of cannabis, cannabinoids, and the endocannnabinoid […]

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Tags: Cannabidiol, cannabis, Cannabis Research, Chronic Pain, Dr. Christopher Evans, Dr. Donald Tashkin, Dr. Igor Spigelman, Dr. Michael Roth, Dr. Ravi Aysola, Dr. Shaun Hussain, Dr. Thomas Strouse, Dr. Timothy Fong

Dr. Tseng is as good as it gets. Simply the best!

April 19th, 2017

Dr. Tseng is as good as it gets. Simply the best!

By marikmontoya marikmontoya

I’m forever grateful for my amazing team of doctors and nurses at UCLA. My care has been so well managed; with my every need anticipated. Yes, I went in strong, fit, and healthy; however it’s their compassionate care, with my goals in mind, that made my story a success. My team was lead by Dr. […]

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Tags: bilateral mastectomy, BRCA2, BRCA2 positive, breast cancer, DIEP Flap, DIEP Flap breast reconstruction, DIEP Flap breast reconstruction after bilateral mastectomy, Dr. Charles Tseng, geneticist, mastectomy, medications, occupational therapy