Cancer

Cancer research

Clinical Trials

Performance of clinical trials is a departmental priority. The department and affiliated programs are conducting investigational studies of treatments for genitourinary cancer and other conditions with the goal of improving diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of urologic disease. Learn more at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UCSF is internationally known for its research in prostate and other urological cancers. Our department conducts basic scientific work to analyze and categorize different types of prostate cancer and the health risks they pose. Our faculty lead large epidemiological studies on dietary and other lifestyle interventions that may help reduce the risk of the disease. UCSF Urology also heads CaPSURE™, a multicenter longitudinal study of men with prostate cancer.

In addition to our work in prostate cancer, we have important research programs in bladder, renal and other urological cancers. The department conducts clinical trials of new treatments for genitourinary cancers, coordinated through the urologic clinical and translational science program. We also maintain a urologic oncology database, which provides a valuable repository of information to guide future investigations. Many of our faculty maintain research laboratories at UCSF, where they conduct basic science investigations in their areas of expertise.

Cancer News & Highlights

Recognized as highly accomplished and a dedicated educator, along with his wife, Dr. Kristine Breyer, Anesthesiologist, both are now members of the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators (...
“This is a game changer,” said Peter Carroll, MD, MPH, professor in the UCSF Department of Urology and a senior researcher for the study. “It will lead to more refined treatment for men with high-...
Dr. Sima Porten MD, MPH received the SUO’s Young Investigator Award. “This award recognizes excellence in clinical practice and/or basic research that has contributed to improvement of clinical care...
Laura Kurtzman from UCSF.edu interviews UCSF Researchers on their study titled, "Era is an RNA-binding protein sustaining tumor cell survival and drug resistance." Read her article, "An Estrogen...
The Department of Urology recognizes the critical importance of mentorship in the creation of its innovative Faculty Mentorship Program.  Dr. Anne Suskind established the program in 2020, initially...
UCSF School of Medicine announced Dr. Washington, Assistant Professor of Urology and Epidemiology as one of eight honored as a John A. Watson Faculty Scholar and recipient of the Dean’s Diversity...
Dr. Marshall Stoller featured in The Washington Post on “Opinion: Wildfires don’t only destroy land and towns- they can ruin firefighters’ health” Read article at The Washington post by clicking on...