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Jackie Raser sought help for terminal lung cancer at UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Targeting lung cancer

When Jackie Raser's community doctor gave her just months, she turned to UC Irvine Health and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where medical oncologist Dr. Ignatius Ou "gave me a second chance." 


Researcher at work in Dr. Edward Nelson's hematology/oncology lab at UC Irvine

Philanthropists give $5 million for UC Irvine cancer research

Orange County philanthropists fund creation of the Sue and Ralph Stern Center for Clinical Trials and Research at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Natalie and Brian Burgess hold daughter, Isabella Grace.

Motherhood after colon cancer

UC Irvine Health experts ensure that a young bride gives birth to a healthy baby despite cancer treatments that can harm fertility.

Bone cancer survivor Lan Zentil takes a break from paddle boarding with her husband and two children.

Standing up to bone cancer

Avid paddle boarder Lan Zentil, who had a rare bone cancer removed from her shoulder by UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center specialists, is fully recovered and back on the waves.


UC Irvine nurse practitioner Karen Sommers has devoted her nearly 30-year career to caring for patients with leukemia.

Leukemia patients feel her caring touch

UC Irvine Healthcare nurse practitioner Karen Sommers devotes herself to caring for leukemia patients at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A new appreciation for life

Lymphoma nearly stopped him in his tracks

Cancer was the last thing on Angelo Giuliano’s mind when the high-energy entrepreneur experienced spells of extreme fatigue in early 2009.

A nurse with UC Irvine's ovarian cancer team monitors a patient.

Targeting hidden ovarian cancer cells

HIPEC, a procedure that bathes the abdomen with heated chemotherapy drugs after ovarian cancer surgery, helps prevent any remaining cancer cells from spreading, say UC Irvine gynecologic oncologists.


Young adult cancer patient Binh Phan

Breast cancer survivor walks down the aisle

Young adult cancer patient Binh Phan celebrated the wedding of her dreams thanks to the care she received from Dr. Leonard Sender and the medical team at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Breast scanner

Beyond mammography

UC Irvine researchers develop a laser scanner that can distinguish malignant from benign breast tumors without biopsy.

Tom Fox is looking forward to college and a career after UC Irvine neuro-oncologists helped him battle brain cancer.

Scaling new heights

Tom Fox is looking forward to college and a career after UC Irvine neuro-oncologists helped him battle brain cancer.

Billy Pine

Still making waves

Two-time cancer survivor Billy Pine is proud to say he has never missed a day of swimming since being treated for two bouts of cancer at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Artist Alice Hernandez-Goana

A brush with ovarian cancer

Alice Hernandez-Gaona thought she was in great health until a pain in her stomach turned out to be advanced ovarian cancer. Then UC Irvine gynecologic oncolgist Dr. Krishnan Tewari stepped in.

UC Irvine gynecologic oncologist Dr. Robert Bristow followed his trail-blazing father into medicine

Like father, like son

Doctor whose dad was the AMA’s first black president is also a trailblazer - in gynecologic surgery.

UC Irvine scientist's study of non-small cell lung cancer highlights advances in targeted drug therapy.

Taking aim at deadliest cancer

UC Irvine scientist's study of non-small cell lung cancer highlights advances in targeted drug therapy.

UC Irvine's gynecologic oncology group forges treatment breakthrough

Overcoming ovarian cancer

UC Irvine's gynecologic oncology group forges treatment breakthrough.

Xiaolin Zi gauges effects of naturally occurring compounds on bladder and prostate cancers

The superfood quest

Xiaolin Zi gauges effects of naturally occurring compounds on bladder and prostate cancers.

Chemotherapy researchers

Precision assault on cancer

UC Irvine researchers develop more precise approach to delivery of chemotherapy drugs.

Transplantation restores cognitive abilities in rats after radiotherapy, study finds

Stem cells alleviate tumor treatment side effects

Transplantation restores cognitive abilities in rats after radiotherapy, study finds.

Dr. Krishnansu S. Tewari leads research trials on a drug that may starve cervical cancer cells.

Taking aim at gynecologic cancer

Robotic surgery, leading-edge research and a world-class multidisciplinary approach to meeting each patient's needs are hallmarks of the Gynecologic Oncology Program at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

With summer under way, UC Irvine dermatologist Janellen Smith offers some skin-saving advice

Dark side of the sun

With summer under way, UC Irvine dermatologist Janellen Smith offers some skin-saving advice.

New integrative oncology program advocates complementary approach to cancer prevention and care

Bridging mainstream and alternative medicine

New integrative oncology program advocates complementary approach to cancer prevention, care.

Fighting for their lives

Fighting for their lives

Dr. Leonard Sender is a leading advocate for young adults with cancer.