When George Liomba arrived in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe nearly four years ago, he was the only full-time pathologist in the city of nearly 1 million people. Now, he's there playing an important role in speeding up cancer diagnoses and supporting research.
Even in the midst of treatment, many cancer patients are finding that exercise helps them to feel better, both physically and emotionally. Through the Get Real & Heal program, UNC researchers are digging deeper into the science behind why moving more can make a positive impact on patients' overall health and well-being.
UNC Lineberger member Frances Collichio, MD, was an investigator for a clinical trial for a treatment that uses a modified virus against melanoma. The treatment meant remission for Willis Davis, who had been diagnosed with stage IIIc melanoma in 2009.
A study by UNC Lineberger researchers and collaborators found that women with gynecologic cancer who were enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare had worse outcomes compared with women enrolled in Medicare alone.
Phineas was diagnosed with leukemia at age four and was not responding to the standard course of treatment. Thanks to the heroic efforts of UNC doctors, he was enrolled in a T-cell immunotherapy trial at NIH, which brought him into remission, and he is now cancer-free. UNC Lineberger is now bringing this same “wave of the future” treatment to the people of North Carolina.