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July 2021

Stem cell transplants now available for some on outpatient basis

July 20, 2021

Multiple myeloma patient Dara Kara, from Benicia, receives first outpatient stem cell transplant at UC Davis Health. Also referred to as a bone marrow transplant, performing the procedure on an outpatient basis is expected to shorten recovery times and save health care costs.

A network of healthy connections

July 15, 2021

Roger Mendoza has helped UC Davis Health stay connected, with the installation of more than 2,300 miles of IT cabling infrastructure. But it’s his connections with the health system’s providers that have kept him healthy through multiple cancers, a brain hemorrhage and more.

Can turmeric reduce joint pain during breast cancer treatment?

July 14, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $50,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation. The funding will allow researcher Mili Arora to study whether the spice turmeric can provide pain relief for breast cancer patients on oral anti-estrogen drugs.

Turning tarantula venom into pain relief (video)

July 13, 2021

Researchers at UC Davis Health are “toxineering” venom from the Peruvian green velvet tarantula into a non-opioid medication that could help people with chronic pain. Approximately 20 percent of the adults in the U.S., or about 50 million, are affected by chronic pain.

Susan G. Komen® awards $600,000 research grant to radiology chair Elizabeth Morris

July 8, 2021

Department of Radiology Chair Elizabeth Morris, with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded a Susan G. Komen® grant to develop artificial intelligence models to predict breast cancer risk at a more personalized level.

June 2021

Thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke named to Cancer Health’s 25: Black Lives Matter list

June 18, 2021

The second annual edition of Cancer Health magazine’s Change Makers recognizes 25 individuals working to break down barriers to the best cancer care for all Americans. The list includes David Tom Cooke, chief of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health.

$3.98 million federal grant to advance cancer researcher bench strength

June 17, 2021

The National Cancer Institute is providing another $3.98 million federal grant to increase the number of cancer researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Local cancer award given to Janai Carr-Ascher to advance soft tissue sarcoma research

June 16, 2021

2021 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award will help further recipient Janai Carr-Ascher’s work studying sarcomas and testing new therapies.

Co-inventor of EXPLORER earns prestigious national radiology award

June 14, 2021

Ramsey Badawi, co-inventor of the UC Davis Health total body scanner EXPLORER, earns prestigious 2021 Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research.

Early career investigator receives federal funding to research lethal prostate cancer

June 11, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist Chengfei Liu has been unrelenting in his pursuit to find out why a type of prostate cancer becomes drug resistant. He recently earned a highly coveted National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to further his research.

Student-run Paul Hom Asian Clinic gets grant to help community members quit tobacco

June 9, 2021

New tobacco cessation grant gives Asian American community in Sacramento One More Reason to Quit to prevent complications from COVID-19.

Prestigious international award for three UC Davis scientists

June 9, 2021

Three UC Davis scientists, including Distinguished Professor Bruce Hammock at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, are sharing an international award in recognition of their work on click-chemistry technology.

May 2021

Friday before Memorial Day declared ‘Don’t Fry Day’ as reminder to be sun safe

May 28, 2021

“Don’t Fry Day” on the Friday before Memorial Day aims to reduce the number of new skin cancer diagnoses by promoting sun safety and encouraging people to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors this summer.

New research study aims to improve cancer disparities

May 26, 2021

People from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in the Sacramento area encouraged to participate in a UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center research study aimed at reducing the cancer burden in underrepresented communities.

Nation’s cancer centers urge action to get HPV vaccinations back on track

May 20, 2021

Top cancer centers, including the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, are sounding the alarm about a drop in the HPV vaccination rate. They attribute the change to a decrease in well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Healing arts take center stage in honor of National Cancer Survivor Day

May 19, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day in June with a virtual healing arts exhibit. The goal is to show how creative expression can help patients recover from cancer.

Wear PJs and “Say Goodnight to Cancer” during virtual fundraiser

May 11, 2021

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life event put on by the UC Davis Colleges Against Cancer chapter is virtual this year, with participants wearing pajamas to “Say Goodnight to Cancer.”

April 2021

Male bladder cancer vulnerability could lead to a new treatment approach

April 28, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that targeting androgen receptors - a type of protein specific to men - may destroy cancer cells. Focusing on this male protein variant common in malignant bladder tumor cells may serve as a new avenue for treating bladder cancer in men.

David Tom Cooke to lead national thoracic surgeon association

April 28, 2021

General thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke becomes the first African American to be elected president-elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.

Celebrating translational science researchers at UC Davis

April 23, 2021

During its 16th annual CTSC Scholar Symposium, UC Davis celebrated the graduation of its newest cohort of scholars who conduct innovative applied health research.

Join the St. Baldrick’s virtual shave party!

April 22, 2021

COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual version of this year’s Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research. So far, more than $23,000 has been raised to help fight pediatric cancer.

Is raising the sales age of tobacco reducing youth smoking?

April 22, 2021

A new study, conducted by three UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, studies young adult smoking trends three years after the start of California’s law raising the sales age of tobacco to 21.

Robotic surgery saves lives and restores hope for esophageal cancer patients

April 21, 2021

April is esophageal cancer awareness month and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is using robotic surgery technology to change the odds of surviving this rare cancer.

New imaging diagnostic tool lights up tumors during brain cancer surgery

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis FLIm technology is a novel optical imaging system that could allow neurosurgeons to more precisely and thoroughly remove malignant brain tumors.

Study finds risk of leukemia higher than expected in children with Down syndrome

April 6, 2021

Down syndrome remains a strong risk factor for childhood leukemia, a new study led by UC Davis and UC San Francisco researchers has found.

March 2021

Versa Blue brings advanced radiation treatment to cancer patients

March 31, 2021

A new high-energy x-ray system that uses 3D and 4D technology to map and then apply highly precise doses of therapeutic radiation is now benefitting patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Catching more breast cancers when mammograms are limited

March 25, 2021

In one of the largest research projects of its kind, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open looks at nearly 900,000 individuals and close to 2 million mammograms to come up with a new way detect the most breast cancer cases with the fewest exams.

Screen 2 Screen: Virtual breast cancer outreach to benefit Asian women

March 24, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s virtual breast cancer outreach study called Screen 2 Screen is offering free educational webinars and mammography to lower breast cancer rates in Asian American communities.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to help improve national cancer guidelines

March 23, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will help improve national cancer guidelines after being elected into the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The organization has established more than 80 clinical practice guidelines covering most types of cancer as well as prevention and supportive care.

Where’s St. Baldrick’s on St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17, 2021

The Sacramento St. Baldrick’s Shave Party to raise money for childhood cancer research is usually held at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on St. Patrick’s Day, but COVID-19 safety precautions are prompting a virtual adaptation this year on April 23.

Abdominal pain isn’t normal and shouldn’t be ignored (video)

March 12, 2021

Jennifer Dunn was only 39 years old when she began having symptoms. In 2019, she made what would be a critical visit to the emergency room. A CT scan identified multiple lesions and a later biopsy confirmed her colon cancer was advanced.

New screening guidelines may help reduce lung cancer disparities

March 10, 2021

New lung screening guidelines will give more Black people, women, and younger people, who smoke less, access to life-saving lung cancer scans. The guidelines will help address health disparities and catch more cases of lung cancer, earlier. The goal is to reduce the odds of dying from the biggest cancer killer in America.

Colorectal cancer is a new threat to young adults (video)

March 2, 2021

Colorectal cancer is now a leading cause of cancer death among people under 50, with rates of new diagnoses rising. Young mother and cancer survivor Teri Rivera was told she was too young to have colon cancer and is glad she listened to her body after finally getting screened, only to find out her cancer was stage III.

February 2021

Molecular imaging scientist recognized as one of the top biomedical engineers in U.S.

February 23, 2021

Julie Sutcliffe, UC Davis biomedical engineer, was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows for her outstanding leadership in molecular imaging and translational sciences, and for leading technology from the bench to the clinic.

Access to 3D mammography often depends on race, income and education

February 19, 2021

A new study published in JAMA Open Network indicates Black women and Latinas as well as less-educated and lower-income women have not been able to obtain 3D mammography as easily as white, well-educated and higher-income women.

New hope for patients with papillary kidney cancer as clear winner emerges in drug trial

February 16, 2021

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Primo “Lucky” Lara, Jr. helped author a clinical trial testing the best treatment for metastatic papillary kidney cancer. The promising results are published in The Lancet.

Tobacco program enrollment up sixfold as patients coached to quit for cancer and COVID

February 11, 2021

There is a sixfold increase in patients getting tobacco treatment thanks, in part, to training medical staff to proactively reach out to patients who could benefit, especially during the pandemic when smoking can lead to COVID-19 complications.

Equalizing breast cancer detection is key to improving outcomes for Black women

February 4, 2021

Addressing health disparities is key to raising awareness on World Cancer Day and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is asking women of color to help by participating in an important breast cancer study.

January 2021

Leading oncology organizations issue joint warning

January 28, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is joining the American Cancer Society and the nation’s leading oncology organizations to urge people to schedule cancer screenings as soon as possible in order to prevent unnecessary deaths.

New report shows critical link between tobacco use and cancer deaths

January 27, 2021

The first report in the state to track tobacco-related cancers looks at the nexus between tobacco use and cancer risk by examining regional data based on ethnicity, gender and age.

Winter 2021 Synthesis shows cancer advancements continue despite COVID-19

January 26, 2021

Winter 2021 Synthesis magazine is now available online. The issue spotlights cancer care in the era of COVID-19 as well as lessons learned during the pandemic that will help UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center combat health inequities through outreach to rural communities.

COVID-19 vaccine is not the only shot in the arm that saves lives

January 25, 2021

Thanks to a new National Cancer Institute grant, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is expanding its study into why certain populations are more hesitant than others to get the HPV vaccine. The new study, called UC HPV, starts this week and runs through June 30, 2021.

New radiology chair an internationally recognized pioneer in high risk breast screenings

January 15, 2021

Dr. Elizabeth Morris was appointed chair of the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Radiology, assuming the post January 18, 2021.

Outreach to vulnerable populations key to studying the impact of COVID-19 on cancer prevention

January 8, 2021

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is collaborating with 17 other cancer centers to study the impact COVID-19 is having on cancer prevention, control and survival, thanks to a grant from the National Cancer Institute. The UC Davis work will focus on diverse communities.

Cancer care during the winter surge: Don’t delay seeing the doctor

January 7, 2021

To prevent a wave of post-pandemic deaths, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center experts say it’s critical that patients keep on schedule with mammograms, annual check-ups and other key screenings or diagnostic tests. And, if any treatment is required, it is important it isn’t postponed.

December 2020

Collaborative approach to fighting cancer in canines and humankind gets a boost

December 23, 2020

UC Davis has received the first federal grant in the country to fund a comparative oncology training program, which was launched on August 1, 2020. The comparative oncology training partnership is a collaboration between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

New resource specialist will help pediatric cancer families with non-medical needs

December 15, 2020

A new initiative aims to address the emotional, practical and financial struggles facing families when their child is undergoing cancer treatment. It will be the topic of a virtual event hosted by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center on Wednesday, December 16, starting at 4:15 p.m. 

November 2020

Obesity affects stem cell transplants for cancer, blood disorder treatments

November 25, 2020

Led by a UC Davis Health team, researchers have found that obesity can block the benefits of a stem cell transplant when it is used for treating blood cancers and other related disorders.

COVID-19 is a great reason to join the Great American Smokeout

November 19, 2020

UC Davis experts hold Facebook roundtable to support participation in the Great American Smokeout and give tobacco users tips for quitting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek mourned as pancreatic cancer event raises profile of disease

November 10, 2020

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will help kick off Sacramento’s virtual PurpleStride event to raise awareness about Pancreatic Cancer and raise money to fight the disease. 

Young survivors of acute myeloid leukemia have long-term complications from treatment

November 9, 2020

Adolescent and young adult patients treated for acute myeloid leukemia have a high risk of developing several long-term health complications after treatment.

Prominent cancer surgeon teaching techniques around the globe

November 9, 2020

The global reach of UC Davis expertise includes teaching cancer surgeries to top surgeons around the world – with audiences sometimes as large as 1,000 people.

Does breastfeeding lower mother’s breast cancer risk?

November 5, 2020

Less than 40% of women in the U.S. know that breastfeeding lowers breast cancer risk.

Inaugural Love Your Lungs event kicks off Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 4, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, keeping your lungs healthy has never been more important. One of the best steps you can take is to give up tobacco products, which can put people who get COVID-19 at risk for complications.

Pancreatic cancer is often fatal and it’s on the rise.

November 2, 2020

Pancreatic cancer has a very low five-year survival rate, but UC Davis Health is working to improve the outlook for patients with this difficult disease through new research and treatment and by teaming up with other comprehensive cancer centers in California.

October 2020

Year of the Nurse blog, Lourdes Moldre: ‘Seeing these kids…makes you just really appreciate everything’

October 23, 2020

In this installment of the Year of the Nurse blog, Lourdes Moldre, clinical director of Oncology Services and Regulatory Compliance at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, says meeting pediatric cancer patients put everything in perspective.

Patient gives thanks to team that saved her life, her baby and found her a home

October 6, 2020

Lakisha Carmon returned to UC Davis Medical Center today to present plaques and heartfelt appreciation to her team in Labor and Delivery. 

UC Davis ofrecerá pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 a los trabajadores agrícolas del Valle Central

October 1, 2020

Cuatro centros de investigación de UC Davis trabajarán con 10 organizaciones comunitarias para ofrecer pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 a trabajadores agrícolas del Valle Central bajo una nueva subvención federal.

UC Davis to offer free COVID-19 testing for Central Valley farmworkers

October 1, 2020

Four UC Davis research centers will partner with 10 community organizations to offer free COVID-19 testing for Central Valley farmworkers under a new federal grant

September 2020

7-year-old’s cancer diagnosis led her family to seek out UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Lor Randall

September 2, 2020

Lydia Alwan’s family wanted to save their daughter’s leg and her life.

Death of Chadwick Boseman highlights colon cancer among younger patients, need for regular screening

September 1, 2020

A UC Davis specialist says rates of colorectal cancer for people younger than age 50 are on the rise, and that regular screenings and early treatment are the keys to a good outcome.

August 2020

UC Davis surgeon uses lasers to treat brain tumors and ease the stress of surgery

August 28, 2020

A UC Davis neurosurgeon is the first in the region to use NeuroBlate technology to treat brain tumors.

Radiation treatment for childhood or young adult primary cancer linked to worse breast cancer-specific survival

August 26, 2020

A newly published study suggests breast cancer-related survival is decreased among patients who were treated for with radiation therapy for cancers during their youth.