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The Chao family, major donors for Orange County health and cancer care at UC Irvine Health

Silent partners in improving Orange County cancer care

Their name may be on a UC Irvine building, but members of the Chao family prefer working behind the scenes to improve the health of the community. Since their first gift to the university in 1995, three generations of Chaos have given nearly $30 million to the campus, quietly reshaping cancer research and care in Orange County and beyond.

 


Cyclists cross the finish line at the first UC Irvine Anti-Cancer Challenge bike-a-thon.

Celebration concert to cap inaugural anti-cancer challenge

 The inaugural UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center anti-cancer bike-a-thon and race drew thousands of runners and cyclists, raised more that $600,000 for cancer research.


Ralph and Sue Stern, Orange County philanthropists

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.


Dr. Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou and his patient, Allen Fremont, whose

Targeting lung cancer

After more than a decade of work helping patients like Allen Fremont, Dr. Sai-hong Ignatius Ou has gained FDA approval for a drug treatment that targets mutations of non-small cell lung cancers.


James R. Green, brain cancer survivor and UC Irvine Health patient

A barrage against brain tumors

Brain cancer patient James Green sees a future for himself because of leading-edge surgery and innovative vaccines he received at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Cancer in the crosshairs

Targeted treatment in a UC Irvine clinical trial led by Dr. Ignatius Ou has rendered Jackie Raser’s lung tumor dormant and vastly improved her quality of life.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

Chemotherapy researchers

Precision assault on cancer

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