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

Learn more about the Nutritional Counceling Program from Joshua Martin at the UCSF Cancer Center by clicking here.
Dr. Vittorio Fasulo was honored by European Urology Oncology for his article, "Characteristics of Cancer Progression on Serial Biopsy in Men on Active Surveillance for Early-stage Prostate Cancer:...
The UCSF Department of Urology is pleased to announce Sima P. Porten MD, MPH as the newly appointed Program Director for the Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program. She succeeds Maxwell V. Meng, MD who...
Drs. Gilbert, Feng et al among researchers that received the 2021 Prostate Cancer Challenge Award.  Read more about their research on the Prostate Cancer Foundation website by clicking here. 
 "Dr. Goodarzi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics with affiliations in the Department of Urology, Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Bakar Computational...
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-...