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Meet Jorge J. Nieva, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

...future of medicine can be now. I get inspired by the chance to get new, innovative drug treatments to my patients, before they are available from the Food and Drug Administration. It is really great to have a patient enroll in a clinical trial, knowing that they are getting a...

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Be a Quitter: Stop Smoking Today

plus heart disease, emphysema, stroke and chronic bronchitis. Smokers are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer, the deadliest complication. The more you smoke, the higher your risk. But quitting now begins reversing the damage and risk. Together, let’s make a plan to quit today. Build your...

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Radiation Oncology

...a coordinated team, and you will receive the latest treatments, see physicians and specialists and benefit from the attention to detail that improves treatment effectiveness and reduces complications. Your integrated team is in constant communication with one other to share new information or advise on your treatment. Our esteemed physicians...

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Fighting Prostate Cancer

...time he heard the name was when he was sitting in his internist’s office as he was delivering the news that his PSA shot into the danger zone. “I was prepared to go anywhere in the world to get the best treatment because I did not want to take a...

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A Rewarding Relationship

...This new centralized lab, which will collect specimens from patients in clinical trials, is critical to supporting the efforts of researchers to understand newly tested drug effects and mechanisms of action. El-Khoueiry explains that this centralized lab is very important to the efficacy of the program. “It helps keep the...

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

and lower the incidence of side effects,” Spicer said. The clinical trial, in Phase II, uses metronomic chemotherapy in combination with breast cancer drugs lapatinib and trastuzumab in patients with metastatic breast cancer who have been previously treated with trastuzumab. Patients will be given a four-drug treatment on a 21-day...

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Solving the Puzzle of Liver Cancer

...that the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of liver cancer drugs has been very selective, with only one given the go-ahead in the last 11 years. Another researcher, Keigo Machida, PhD, an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Keck School, is the senior author of a study...

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Finding the Truth

...breakthrough came in the form of a case report in the New England Journal of Medicine, which described a patient with the same symptoms. O’Connell contacted the doctor in Massachusetts and another in Belgium, and the trio defined the new syndrome, TEMPI (Telangiectasias, Elevated erythropoietin level and erythrocytosis, Monoclonal gammopathy,...

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Fasting-like diet turns the immune system against cancer

upon prior research that showed a short-term fast starves cancer cells and facilitates the chemo drug therapies to better target the cancer. Another more recent study showed that a low-calorie, fasting-mimicking diet can slow multiple sclerosis by killing off bad cells and generating new healthy ones. The results of this...

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Patient Experience

...for authentic communication with our colleagues, patients and your families, and we provide a private, safe and secure environment at all times. We are devoted to personalizing the “KNOWN” Service Standards. Share Your Story We would like to enhance your experience at Keck Medical Center of USC. We want to...

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