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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 ...  
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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 ...  
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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 ...  
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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 ...  
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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 ...  
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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 ...  
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Award-winning genomic scientist to build new department and institute

John David Carpten will put together a team to study genes and create personalized patient care USC has hired John David Carpten to lead a new department and institute at the Keck School of Medicine that will translate the molecular study of genes into individual treatment plans. Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School ...  
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Hawaiian teenagers to run LA Marathon for USC Norris program

Photo: Teen runners (from left to right) Kobe Miller, Robin Rihl, Stella Javier, Caitlin Albrecht, and Alana Kizanis pose with their coach Patrick Baker on their weekly group run on the Big Island of Hawaii. The beautiful and remote Big Island of Hawaii is the home of five young, dedicated athletes, but on Feb. 14 ...  
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Surgeons pioneer robotic outpatient treatment for prostate cancer

Keck Medicine of USC is the first academic medical center in the nation to use new energy-based focal ablative technology in an outpatient procedure for prostate cancer patients. On Dec. 10 and 11, USC Institute of Urology surgeons used a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared non-invasive high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) surgical ablation system to non-surgically ...  
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2015 Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Gala