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

Only a handful of surgeons in the country are trained to perform single-port robotic surgeries for bladder cancer and prostate cancer. Dr. Raj Pruthi, chair of the UCSF Department of Urology and a...
In August, friends and colleagues gathered virtually to celebrate Dr. Peter Carroll’s 24 years as chair of UCSF’s Department of Urology—not just with glowing, heartfelt words, but with the creation...
Luke Gilbert, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCSF Urology and Goldberg-Benioff Program Chair in Prostate Cancer Translational Biology has been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of...
The newest member of the UCSF Department of Urology, is urologic oncology specialist, Samuel L. Washington III, MD MAS who joins as Assistant Professor.  This long-time California resident and father...
The Muriel Steele Society Award is given annually by the senior residents to a UCSF woman faculty member who embodies the spirit of Muriel Steele - a woman working to identify and address the unmet...
The novel coronavirus has disrupted the world as we know it, but UCSF Urology has not halted its mission.  There are still patients to care for, residents and students to teach, and innovations to...
In the first “Zoom-Only” Urology Grand Rounds meeting, the department hosted the esteemed Paul Volberding, MD, Professor and Chair, Epidemiology & Biostatistics.  His discussion centered on...