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USC to participate in its third Cancer Moonshot project

October 17th, 2016|

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday is expected to announce that the University of Southern California will participate in a new Cancer Moonshot project to create the world’s first global liquid biopsy database on cancer. The undertaking is designed to accelerate the development and approval of simple, accurate and reliable blood tests for biologically-based precision

Staying on Target: USC Norris researchers target cancer cells

October 17th, 2016|

When USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center member Ann Mohrbacher, MD, began her career in immunology, the idea that physicians one day could fight cancer using the body’s own immune system was still science fiction. Research at the time was focused on lupus, an autoimmune disease, rather than cancerous diseases like lymphomas — until researchers found

University of Southern California to show how wearable technology can improve cancer treatment

October 7th, 2016|

Researchers at the University of Southern California will demonstrate how using wearable technology and smartphones can improve cancer treatment at a White House event on Oct. 3.

“South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art and Action” (SXSL) is a gathering inspired by South by Southwest, the annual gathering of film, interactive media

Hematologist wins prestigious award from National Cancer Institute

September 6th, 2016|

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has named Kevin Kelly, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases, one of 13 recipients of the 2016 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Award (CCITA).

The award recognizes and supports outstanding mid-career clinical investigators at NCI-designated

Center for Genetic Epidemiology established at the Keck School

August 30th, 2016|

Building on its reputation as a major player in genome science, the Keck School of Medicine of USC has established the Center for Genetic Epidemiology under the leadership of Christopher A. Haiman, ScD, professor of preventive medicine.

Genetic epidemiology identifies the genetic factors that contribute to disease. The identification of such factors may be used to

6 things men should know about testicular cancer

August 22nd, 2016|

For the first time in Los Angeles County history, more Latino than white men are being diagnosed with testicular cancer, a malady once regarded as a white man’s disease.

There were 931 Latino men diagnosed with testicular cancer between 2006 and 2012 compared to 744 white men, according to a regional cancer report card administered by

11 answers to tough questions about liver cancer

August 18th, 2016|

In the past four decades, liver cancer rates have more than doubled among non-Asians living in Los Angeles County, according to a recently released report card administered by USC.

The increase is also reflected among the county’s Asian-Americans.

For some perspective, in the seven years between 2005 and 2012, liver cancer rates increased by 33 percent among

7 things women should know about breast cancer

August 17th, 2016|

Asian women living in Los Angeles County are experiencing more breast cancer now than they faced nearly four decades ago, according to a recently released cancer report card administered by USC.

When compared to other Asian groups, Filipino women face the most breast cancer diagnoses in the county, but their risk is on the decline. The

Expert answers 7 questions about melanoma

August 17th, 2016|

The melanoma rate among white women living in Los Angeles is declining for the first time in 37 years, according to a new cancer report card administered by USC.

Between 2005 and 2012, white women experienced a 4 percent decrease in the rates of melanoma diagnoses. Latina, Filipina and Chinese women also experienced a slight decrease.


Cancer in context: 37 years of collected data

August 15th, 2016|

Prostate and lung cancer are the No. 1 and 2 cancers among men. Stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, has been on a steady decline among Koreans and Japanese. Black men had the highest overall rates of cancer. Thyroid cancer — which is relatively treatable — has been on the rise, and women are about