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Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology Division Division Projects

Gynecologic Cancer Clinical Trial Program
Better treatments and future cures—those are the goals of our research initiatives. The Division of Gynecologic Oncology has one of the largest clinical trial programs in Northern California. Currently, several clinical trials are opened for women with cervical, endometrial, ovarian, peritoneal, vulvar and fallopian tube cancers. As a self funding program, we would request for your support for our clinical trial program. Your support can help us continue to offer clinical trials to our patients.


UCSF 5th Annual Gynecologic Cancer Symposium

September is the national gynecologic cancer awareness month. Dr. Lee-may Chen, Dr. Stefanie Ueda, Melissa Valdellon, NP, and Pauline Beggs, RN would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to join us for the 5th Annual Gynecologic Cancer symposium. Please come join us for a good cause. We can't fight for gynecologic cancers alone, but we can do it as a community. Let's help find cure for gynecologic cancers together. Every woman deserves an enjoyable life with her love ones and every one of us is special. In this event, you will also learn about the latest development in diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life. Our event will be held on 9/16/2017 at the UCSF Oberndorf Auditorium at Mission Bay. Free Admission; RSVP required; refreshments will be provided. Registration will start at 8:30 am. Optional gentle Yoga at 8:00am to wake us up and prepare us for a day of information and connection.  Free Admission; RSVP required; Donations are welcome. All the tickets are SOLD OUT.  Program Agenda: PDF iconGyno Symposium 2017.pdf

UCSF 6th Annual Gynecologic Cancer Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 (further details will follow soon).


Gynecologic Cancer Tissue Bank
In order to support cutting-edge research that will lead to improved treatments and cures, it is important that investigators have access to high-quality, well-annotated human cancerspecimens. Dr. Karen Smith-McCune proposed to leverage the existing infrastructure of the National Cancer Institute-funded Ovarian Cancer Tissue Bank (which was established in 1996 and has samples from over 1,000 women thus far) to create a Women’s Gynecologic Cancer Tissue Bank, providing the following services to investigators within the division as well as to collaborators within the Department of Medicine.

Global Health Medical Training and Research in Uganda 
Since 2011 Dr. Stefanie Ueda has started working with Dr. Meg Autry, the Director of the UCSF Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training program and the gynecologic oncologists in Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala, Uganda and MOSG (Oncology), Uganda Cancer Institute. As Dr. Meg Autry has helped set up a third year rotation at Mulago Hospital/Makerere University in Kampala, our residents are getting an eye-opening opportunity to experience about life and improve their surgical techniques. Dr. Ueda is currently training the first trained female Gynecologic Oncologist in Uganda and she is pioneering and collaborating gynecologic oncology research with the local doctors. We thank you Dr. John A. Kerner for the generous support from the Gwendolyn M. and John A. Kerner, M.D. Gyneclogic Oncology Fellowship in Caring for the Underserved fund and individual patients for this project.If you would like to donate to this project, please feel free to contact our office.
Winning the War on Women's Cancer - Introduction to Women's Cancers
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Mini Medical School for the Public​
As gynecologic cancers can be devastating diseases, they can affect nearly everyone directly or indirectly in our society. In recent discoveries and advance treatments Dr. Chen and the Division of Gynecologic Cancer were able to understand the biology and genetics of these cancers. This helped provide new strategies for prevention, early detection of these cancers, and new types of cancer therapy that target gynecologic cancers more specifically with fewer side effects. As a result, death rates have decreased and the improvement of quality life increased. By viewing these course lectures you will learn how early detection, improvement of side effects from novel treatments assist improve the cure and quality of life for those with gynecologic cancers.

For more information about this course please visit UCTV.

Your Support Will Make a Difference If you would like to find out more information regarding our cancer research and projects in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, please contact Joseph Krovoza at can also designate a donation to go to the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the UCSF “Make A Gift" website. No donation is too small for a big impact!!!