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Stanford Cancer Institute receives highest cancer center designation

The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) received recognition as a “comprehensive cancer center,” the highest cancer center designation, on July 1. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) awards this designation to cancer centers with excellent research, as well as connection and interaction across research areas, according to SCI director and professor in medicine Beverly Mitchell.

Stanford researchers find potential uses of “Silly Putty” protein

A team of Stanford researchers has been studying the qualities of collagen, a protein in the human body that both cushions and protects living tissue by altering its fluidity and elasticity. A Stanford News article published yesterday detailed the findings of the researchers and also likened collagen to Silly Putty through its unique characteristics, which could enable collagen to usher in a variety of developments in regenerative medical research.

Stanford to open outpatient cancer center in San Jose

Stanford Hospitals & Clinics announced plans last week to build a new outpatient cancer center in San Jose. The center, which will be completed in 2014, will be Stanford healthcare system’s most comprehensive facility outpatient center other than of Palo Alto’s Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Redwood City’s Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, according to a release from the Stanford Hospital.

Stanford Cancer Institute opens up new Survivorship Clinic

The Stanford Cancer Institute opened a new clinic this week with the intention of providing better care for patients after cancer treatment. The clinic, which will initially to be open only to gynecologic cancer survivors, will focus on assisting patients through issues such as fatigue, anxiety, body image, sexual function and relationships, according to a press release from the Stanford School of Medicine.