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The Keck Effect: More Charity

Access to clinical trial helps provide a father of four with a dramatic recovery. At the age of 29, Neil Navarro had a stomachache. It wasn’t the flu, or even food poisoning, and it wouldn’t go away. He was diagnosed with a congenital cyst in his abdomen, which doctors surgically removed. But eight years later, ...   Read More »

Clinical Trial Investigates Efficacy of Low-Dose Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Program continue to launch groundbreaking studies into one of the country’s most common cancers. Among the research currently underway at USC Norris is a clinical trial led by Darcy Spicer, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and chief of the division ...   Read More »

Just the Facts: Liver Cancer

Each year, about 21,000 men and 8,000 women contract liver cancer in the United States, and another 16,000 men and 8,000 women die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates, there will be more than 41,000 combined cases of cancer of the liver and ...   Read More »

Solving the Puzzle of Liver Cancer

Conditions can make the diagnosis and treatment of liver cancer complex, but USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is leading the way. Each year, about 21,000 men and 8,000 women contract liver cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Liver cancer can be beaten with early diagnosis and effective ...   Read More »

‘State of the Cancer Center’ presentation points to growth, promising discoveries

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center had an outstanding 2016, as reported by Stephen B. Gruber, MD, PhD, MPH, USC Norris director, in his annual “State of the Cancer Center” presentation on Jan. 17. “The cancer center is flourishing,” said Gruber, professor of medicine and H. Leslie Hoffman and Elaine S. Hoffman Chair in Cancer ...   Read More »

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Endorses Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations

Fewer vaccinations aim to increase national vaccination rates to prevent cancer The University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has again united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a joint statement in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the human papillomavirus ...   Read More »

Patients get royal visitors

Photo: USC Norris volunteers pose with, from left in black, Princess Shannon Larsuel, Princess Natalie Petrosian, Princess Maya Khan, Queen Victoria Castellanos, Princess Audrey Cameron, Princess Autumn Lundy and Princess Lauren “Emi” Powers. The Tournament of Roses 2017 Royal Court visited the cancer hospital for the 22nd year on Nov. 22, 2016. The Tournament of Roses ...   Read More »

USC Norris celebrates Friends and Family

Stephen B. Gruber, MD, PhD, MPH, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and John D. Carpten, PhD, chair and visiting professor of translational genomics and director of the USC Institute for Translational Genomics, addressed guests at the USC Norris Friends and Family Luncheon on Sept. 29. Carpten’s presentation educated the group on the ...   Read More »

Primary Tumor Location Predictive of Treatment Response in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD Data showing distinct differences in treating colorectal cancer by “sidedness” may reshape treatment plans and future clinical trials A retrospective analysis of clinical trial data reveals that in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, primary tumor location is predictive of their response to various treatment strategies for the disease. This builds ...   Read More »

Breast Cancer Awareness Month marked at football game

To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a cancer survivor joined a team of physicians and staff from Keck Medicine of USC on the field during the Oct. 1 USC Trojan football game against Arizona State, while a group of nurses presented the game ball and administered the coin toss. Annette Sy, RN, chief nursing officer ...   Read More »