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Save the Date: Sept. 26-27, 2014

Save the date: Sept. 26-27, 2014 is the 17th annual Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center scientific retreat in Palm Springs.

Richard A. Van Etten, MD, PhD

Message from the director

The faculty and staff of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center are dedicated to diagnosis, treatment and curing of cancers.


UC Irvine Health brain tumor specialist Dr. Daniela Bota

Leading the fight against cancer

UC Irvine's National Cancer Institute designation signifies the 'best and brightest' in cancer care.


UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy on tumors before surgery

Targeting breast cancer

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy to shrink or eradicate breast cancer tumors before surgery.

Warming the heart

Warming the heart

Patients at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center are wrapped in colorful quilts made by UCI Stars, a university volunteer group.

Radiotherapy decreases patients' radiation exposure, increases comfort

Getting the high-tech treatment

The Ambient Experience suite at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center helps reduce anxiety and discomfort for patients undergoing CT scanning.

Keeping It Cook

Keeping It Cool

Dr. Thomas Ahlering, UC Irvine urologic oncology director, uses hypothermia to boost quality of life for prostate surgery patients.

Dr. Joyce Keyak

A Bone to Pick

Joyce Keyak used her expertise in engineering and orthopedics to develop the first radioactive bone cement to fight tumors while strengthening bone.

Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Save the Date — Nov. 15-16, 2013

Save the date, Nov. 15-16, for the 16th annual cancer center scientific retreat in Palm Springs.

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