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Campaign urges screening for cervical cancer

“It’s important. It’s easy. It’s time.” That message in English and Spanish is now adorning bus benches, billboards and lampposts around the Health Sciences Campus as part of a cervical cancer prevention campaign dubbed Es Tiempo. The message, which also features an image of a jacaranda tree, was spearheaded by Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH, associate ...   Read More »

Popoviches augment family legacy of USC support with $4 million gift for cancer research

Philanthropists and USC alums Kris and Jane Popovich Continuing a family tradition that spans six decades, USC Trustee Jane Hoffman Popovich BS ’65 and her husband, J. Kristoffer Popovich BS ’65 MBA ’70, have pledged $4 million to create the Jane and Kris Popovich Chair in Cancer Research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer ...   Read More »

International team finds genetic variants key in understanding origins of ovarian cancer

Simon Gayther, PhD International genome-wide association study (GWAS) also identifies key gene responsible for expressing subtype of ovarian cancer New research by an international team including Keck Medicine of USC scientists is bringing the origins of ovarian cancer into sharper focus. The study, published online June 15 in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Genetics, highlights ...   Read More »

Tales of hope highlight Festival of Life

They came together to celebrate survival in the face of fear and uncertainty. For the hundreds of cancer survivors who gathered at the Keck Medical Center of USC on a recent Saturday morning, the Festival of Life was more than that: It was a celebration of hope, perseverance and a new year of living each ...   Read More »

USC Norris study finds herpesvirus activates RIG-I receptor to evade body’s immune system

Pinghui Feng, PhD Using herpesvirus, molecular immunologists from the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a cellular process that activates a critical immune defense against pathogens, which could have implications for developing drugs to bolster one’s immunity to infection. Some herpesvirus infections lead to cancer. Led by Pinghui ...   Read More »

Stephenson family’s $10 million gift will further cancer fight

In Las Vegas, where good luck is everyone’s dream, a chance meeting in 2013 put two men — one a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, the other a renowned physician and author — on a path that they hope will change medicine and save the lives of countless cancer patients. The entrepreneur, Emmet Stephenson, was participating ...   Read More »

Cancer survivor donates $500,000 to USC Norris Cancer Center

Scott Petinga, a former Marine, said that being diagnosed with cancer in 2004 changed the way he thought about and acted in life. One of his first bold moves was to launch his own business, marketing firm Akquracy, where he challenged himself and his employees to constantly think differently. He later created the Think Different ...   Read More »

WunderGlo Foundation donates $500,000 to find a cure for colon cancer

The life of the WunderGlo Foundation’s late founder Gloria Borges was celebrated and memorialized recently during the presentation of a $500,000 gift toward colon cancer research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Borges, who died in January 2014, dedicated the last three years of her life to creation of the WunderGlo Foundation, which seeks ...   Read More »

Keck Medicine of USC supports draft Medicare proposal for lung cancer screenings

With the recent draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to cover 100 percent of costs for annual lung cancer screenings for patients age 55 to 74 with a 30-year smoking history, Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California’s (USC) Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer program supports the move to increase awareness, prevention ...   Read More »

USC Institute of Urology honors prostate cancer survivor at “Changing Lives and Creating Cures” Gala

The USC Institute of Urology, one of the nation’s top-ranked urology programs, honored Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball franchise, a native son of Los Angeles and a prostate cancer survivor and advocate, with the inaugural Louis Zamperini Courage Award at its annual “Changing Lives and Creating Cures” gala, ...   Read More »