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Rewarding Work: Janice Lu devotes her life to making life better for breast cancer patients at USC Norris

When she was just 5 years old, Janice Lu, MD, PhD, decided to become a doctor. Her mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lu was determined from that point on to make a difference in the world of breast cancer research and treatment. “This was always what I...

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The Keck Effect: More Charity

...In denial of his agony, Navarro delayed an examination until a visit to his primary care physician revealed the awful truth: at age 40, he had bile duct cancer — stage IV — and a life expectancy of only two years. Reeling from this news, he went for second and...

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Researchers identify potential treatment of deadly form of lymphoma in HIV patients

pursue it further.” The further study yielded an understanding of the mechanism-of-action by which the drugs work against PEL. And that knowledge led Gopalakrishnan and Chaudhary to discover that IMiDs display synergistic anti-PEL effects when combined with another new class of drugs, called BRD4 inhibitors. “There were already five clinical...

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‘State of the Cancer Center’ presentation points to growth, promising discoveries

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center had an outstanding 2016, as reported by Stephen B. Gruber, MD, PhD, MPH, USC Norris director, in his annual “State of the Cancer Center” presentation on Jan. 17. “The cancer center is flourishing,” said Gruber, professor of medicine and preventive medicine and Jane and...

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How Is Immunotherapy Changing Lung Cancer Treatment?

There’s good news about survival rates for lung cancer — they are on the rise, thanks to innovative treatments like immunotherapy. Learn more about this treatment option. Scientists have long observed that our body’s natural defense mechanisms do more than fight off nasty colds — they actually scout out and...

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Stem Cell Transplantation

...your bloodstream usually through a tube called a central venous catheter. The stem cells travel through the blood into the bone marrow. Most times, surgery is not needed. The USC Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is approved by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) for both autologous...

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Lung Cancer Screenings Should Be More Routine Than You Think

A 20 second scan could give you more time to check items off your bucket list by adding precious years to your life. Find out if you should be scheduling your screening today. Should you be screened annually for lung cancer? Yes, if you are between the ages of 55...

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Head and Neck Cancers

...head and neck and reconstruction surgeons have the expertise to restore swallowing, speech and other functions, as well as to reconstruct facial and neck structures. These include eyelid rejuvenation, forehead lift, chin surgery, ear surgery, nose reshaping, facelift and facial wrinkle treatments. Targeted therapy utilizes biologically derived molecules that can...

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Robotic Surgery

...the first in Southern California and among the first west of the Mississippi to perform the Food and Drug Administration-approved robotic-assisted procedure for a lung cancer patient using the latest, minimally invasive surgical system. The new Xi robot is optimized for thoracic procedures. The robotic system gives surgeons greater dexterity,...

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Patient Education

...risk of developing infection. Your medical oncologist should have a thorough discussion with you about the short-term and long-term effects of chemotherapy. Sometimes side effects are unavoidable, but other times they can be reduced or prevented with everything from exercise and nutrition to cold caps that prevent hair loss. Your...

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