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

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...
For a sixth consecutive year, rankings of National Institutes of Health (NIH) biomedical research funding put UCSF in first place for urology funding. According to the Blue Ridge Institute for...
In January, Hao Nguyen, MD, PhD, was awarded a $1 million Challenge Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). Nguyen, 44, who holds the Goldberg-Benioff Endowed Professorship in Cancer Biology...
Luke Gilbert, PhD, assistant professor of Urology at the University of California San Francisco, has been named winner of the 2020 Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award, which honors early-...
Matt Cooperberg, MD, MPH has been named Chief of Urology, San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center where he has been acting as interim chief since the summer of 2019. As chief he will be...