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Lydia Usha, MD

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  • Oncology, Medical
  • Internal Medicine
Board Certification:
  • Medical Oncology
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: St. Petersburg Institute of Public Health, Russia
Residency: California Pacific Medical Center - Internal Medicine
Fellowship: University of Illinois Medical Center - Hematology/Oncology
Clinical Expertise:
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer risk assessment and counseling
  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Genetic testing
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer
Research Interests:
  • Treatments for breast cancer
  • Treatments for gynecologic cancer
  • Screening, risk assessment, and management of hereditary predisposition to cancer
  • Clinical trials for gynecologic cancer
Languages Spoken:
  • Russian
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Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to Listings go back five years.

  1. False Increase of Estradiol Levels in a 36-Year-Old Postmenopausal Patient With Estrogen Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer Treated With Fulvestrant.
    Berger D, Waheed S, Fattout Y, Kazlauskaite R, Usha L
    Clin. Breast Cancer
    2015 Jul 22
  2. Radiosensitizing effect of anti-HER2/neu agents: Report of 2 cases and review of the literature.
    Katz DA, Abrams RA, Sclamberg JS, Usha L
    Pract Radiat Oncol
    2014 Oct 25
  3. Inhibition of p70 S6 Kinase (S6K1) Activity by A77 1726 and Its Effect on Cell Proliferation and Cell Cycle Progress.
    Doscas ME, Williamson AJ, Usha L, Bogachkov Y, Rao GS, Xiao F, Wang Y, Ruby C, Kaufman H, Zhou J, Williams JW, Li Y, Xu X
    2014 Oct
  4. TNF inhibitors to treat ulcerative colitis in a metastatic breast cancer patient: a case report and literature review.
    Ben Musa R, Usha L, Hibbeln J, Mutlu EA
    World J. Gastroenterol.
    2014 May 21
  5. Mesenchymal stem cells develop tumor tropism but do not accelerate breast cancer tumorigenesis in a somatic mouse breast cancer model.
    Usha L, Rao G, Christopherson Ii K, Xu X
    PLoS ONE
  6. Hereditary inflammatory breast cancer associated with BRCA2 mutation: a rare disease presentation in mother and daughter.
    Jimenez AM, Growney A, Behrens G, Corbridge C, Chapman DD, Usha L.
    Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2012
    2012 Jun
    10(6):402-4. No abstract available.
  7. Ribonucleotide reductase inhibition restores platinum-sensitivity in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer: a Gynecologic Oncology Group Study.
    Kunos C, Radivoyevitch T, Abdul-Karim FW, Fanning J, Abulafia O, Bonebrake AJ, Usha L.
    J Transl Med. 2012
    2012 Apr 27
    10:79. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-10-79.
  8. A Gynecologic Oncology Group phase II trial of the protein kinase C-beta inhibitor, enzastaurin and evaluation of markers with potential predictive and prognostic value in persistent or recurrent epithelial ovarian and primary peritoneal malignancies.
    Usha L, Sill MW, Darcy KM, Benbrook DM, Hurteau JA, Michelin DP, Mannel RS, Hanjani P, De Geest K, Godwin AK.
    Gynecol Oncol. 2011
    2011 Jun 1
    121(3):455-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2011.02.013. Epub 2011 Mar 17.
  9. Topoisomerase II alpha gene copy loss has adverse prognostic significance in ERBB2-amplified breast cancer: a retrospective study of paraffin-embedded tumor specimens and medical charts.
    Usha L, Tabesh B, Morrison LE, Rao RD, Jacobson K, Zhu A, Basu S, Coon JS.
    J Hematol Oncol. 2008
    2008 Aug 14
    1:12. doi: 10.1186/1756-8722-1-12.
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