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The Future of Medicine is Personalized

John Carpten joins the Keck School of Medicine to connect the dots between individual cancer patients and the best treatments The technological advances that have allowed doctors to differentiate tumors based on their distinct genetic make-up are part of a revolution in medicine that is known as personalized or precision medicine. Where treating cancer was ...   Read More »

Challenge Accepted: Improving Treatment Options for Patients with Brain Cancer

Of the dozens of clinical trials being conducted at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at any given time, there is one in particular that has Naveed Wagle, MD, director of the USC Brain Tumor Center at USC Norris, filled with anticipation. Every new clinical trial provides hope for his patients, but this one is unusual because it is testing a type of chemotherapy ...   Read More »

Fasting-like diet turns the immune system against cancer

A low-calorie fasting-like diet, plus chemotherapy, enables the immune system to recognize and kill skin and breast cancer cells, according to a new USC-led study on mice. A second study on human patients shows that fasting is safe and may protect against chemotherapy’s side effects. A fasting-like diet with chemotherapy strips away the guard that ...   Read More »

Staying on Target

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists are taking a fresh look at targeting cancer cells -- without touching the patients' healthy cells When USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center member Ann Mohrbacher, MD, began her career in immunology, the idea that physicians one day could fight cancer using the body’s own immune system was still science ...   Read More »

Strength of cancer survivors celebrated at Festival of Life

A bright, sunny morning provided a joyous backdrop for a celebration of resilience and tenacity at the 26th annual Festival of Life on the Health Sciences Campus. Hosted by the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center on June 4, the event was both upbeat and introspective, providing the more than 700 cancer survivors and their supporters ...   Read More »

Straight to the Source

USC Norris Scientists Work to Unravel the Genetics of Colorectal Cancer In the decades-long search for answers, cancer researchers have been taking small steps toward solving some of the puzzles that perplex modern physicians. Why do some patients respond better to some medicines, while others require a different course of treatment? What age should be recommended ...   Read More »

Finding the Truth

Casey O'Connell, MD, focuses on helping people facing rare diagnoses and forming bonds with her patients during the most trying moments of their lives. Casey O’Connell, MD, was puzzled. For 20 years, her patient had been accumulating unusual and seemingly unrelated medical problems. By the time, she began treating the woman in 2007, O’Connell says ...   Read More »

Meeting the Challenge of the Rarest of Cancers

Physicians of USC Norris take on Sarcoma, cancer of the connective tissues The doctors of the sarcoma program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center recently enrolled their final patient for a new clinical trial to test an immunotherapy treatment for sarcoma, a fact that has James Hu, MD, medical director of the sarcoma program, feeling a little more buoyant ...   Read More »

Beating Back Prostate Cancer

Focusing on personalized medicine for prostate cancer at USC Norris Inderbir Gill has a new tool he takes with him into the operating room these days: A perfect reproduction, the exact size and shape of his patient’s prostate gland, made by a 3-D printer. The 3-D print also shows the exact location of his patient’s ...   Read More »

New study links coffee consumption to decreased risk of colorectal cancer

Whether you like your coffee black, decaf, half-caff or even instant, feel free to drink up. Researchers at the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that coffee consumption decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. The study examined over 5,100 men and women who had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer within the ...   Read More »