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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 »

USC Stem Cell researcher targets ‘seeds’ of breast cancer metastasis

For breast cancer patients, the era of personalized medicine may be just around the corner, thanks to recent advances by USC Stem Cell researcher Min Yu, MD, PhD, and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In a July 10 study in Science, Yu and her colleagues report how they isolated breast cancer ...   Read More »

USC surgeons perform novel robotic-assisted prostate cancer operation

Surgeons at the Keck Medical Center of USC became the first in California to use the latest minimally invasive surgical system for prostate cancer when they performed a robotic-assisted procedure in July. The surgery further cements the Los Angeles-based university hospitals’ position as a global center of excellence for robotic surgery. The procedure used the ...   Read More »

USC surgeons perform novel robotic-assisted prostate cancer operation

Surgeons at the Keck Medical Center of USC became the first in California to use the latest minimally invasive surgical system for prostate cancer when they performed a robotic-assisted procedure in July. The surgery further cements the Los Angeles-based university hospitals’ position as a global center of excellence for robotic surgery. The procedure used the ...   Read More »

Keck Medical Center of USC physician leads new study on genomics of young lung cancer

Barbara Gitlitz, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and members of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, is leading a new clinical study to understand why lung cancer occurs in adults under 40 who are athletic, were never smokers and do not exhibit any of the known lung ...   Read More »