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UNC Lineberger’s Muss honored as exemplary cancer caregiver

UNC Lineberger’s Muss honored as exemplary cancer caregiver

The American Cancer Society has honored Hyman B. Muss, MD, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Geriatric Oncology Program, with a prestigious national award that recognizes providers who show compassion and dedication beyond the call of duty.

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Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.

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Rising thyroid cancer rate linked to more testing, UNC-led study finds

Rising thyroid cancer rate linked to more testing, UNC-led study finds

A dramatic increase in the thyroid cancer rate across the last 30 years has researchers asking whether the disease’s incidence is truly on the rise, or if improved detection methods are behind the trend.

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UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

Hepatitis C virus infection is a common cause of liver disease and of liver cancer in the United States. Through a new study that explores one aspect of how the virus hijacks host cell machinery to replicate itself, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have gained insight into the workings of a potential drug target for hepatitis C.

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Cancer Support Program opens survey for parents with advanced cancer

Cancer Support Program opens survey for parents with advanced cancer

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) is now recruiting patients for a new online survey-based research study on the experiences of parents living with advanced cancer.

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UNC’s multidisciplinary melanoma conference draws health professionals from around NC

UNC’s multidisciplinary melanoma conference draws health professionals from around NC

The ninth annual UNC Multidisciplinary Melanoma Conference brought more than 120 health care professionals from across the state on Thursday, February 12 to learn about the detection and treatment of melanoma.

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Cancer Survivor Becomes Ambassador for Hope

Cancer Survivor Becomes Ambassador for Hope

The latest installment in UNC Health Care's Real Medicine video series features Ashley Burnette, 11-year-old cancer survivor and Patient Ambassador at the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

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Sleep for Cells

Sleep for Cells

With new funding, a UNC startup is poised to halt the most devastating effects of chemotherapy.

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Tennis star Isner hosts fifth annual tennis exhibition benefiting UNC Lineberger

Tennis star Isner hosts fifth annual tennis exhibition benefiting UNC Lineberger

To give back to an institution that he credits with saving his mother’s life, America’s top-ranked men’s singles tennis player John Isner returned to his hometown of Greensboro on Saturday, February 7th for his annual tennis exhibition event.

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Smith awarded funding to identify research topics that matter most to patients

Smith awarded funding to identify research topics that matter most to patients

To identify important medical questions that haven’t been fully answered by researchers yet, doctor and researcher Angela Smith is turning to patients for guidance.

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A soft hat – and a tender heart

A soft hat – and a tender heart

Most 12 year olds collect Pokemon or baseball cards. But, for 7th grader Gray Garber, it’s hats. And not just any hats. Hats that are fun, happy and perfectly soft on the inside – soft enough for the delicate heads of pediatric cancer patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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UNC-Chapel Hill spinout secures $33 million investment to advance novel cancer treatments

UNC-Chapel Hill spinout secures $33 million investment to advance novel cancer treatments

One of nation’s top universities yields more than 150 startup companies to date, including G1 Therapeutics, creating jobs and advancing innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy

Device that drives drugs into solid tumors that are poorly vascularized opens the possibility of life-saving surgeries in cancer patients.

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UNC Lineberger analysis finds that advanced age should not limit cancer treatment

UNC Lineberger analysis finds that advanced age should not limit cancer treatment

After comparing the survival outcomes of older and younger people with head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers have found that age alone shouldn’t dictate a patient’s treatment. The findings were published January 12 online in the journal The Oncologist.

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UNC Board of Trustees chair and cancer survivor Lowry Caudill headlines 28th Annual Lineberger Club event

UNC Board of Trustees chair and cancer survivor Lowry Caudill headlines 28th Annual Lineberger Club event

Nearly 300 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center supporters gathered at the Carolina Inn to hear the remarks of distinguished UNC alumnus Lowry Caudill, PhD, on January 24, 2015 during the 28th Annual Lineberger Club Lunch and Basketball Game.

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Basch calls for more data on prostate cancer detection technology in JAMA editorial

Basch calls for more data on prostate cancer detection technology in JAMA editorial

A UNC Lineberger researcher has pointed to a need for more data on whether new technology designed to better detect men at higher-risk for prostate cancer will also mean improvements in survival rates and symptoms.

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Her First Thought

Her First Thought

When a young woman receives a cancer diagnosis, her obvious first thought is “I want to survive this.” When that cancer diagnosis has an impact on her ability to have children, she has a second thought.

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UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

A study co-led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has identified genomic changes in head and neck cancers linked to the sexually transmitted disease HPV -- the latest finding of a collaborative scientific effort designed to map out the genomic changes driving cancer.

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Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

UNC geneticists create the first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma; show how a known drug can suppress tumor growth.

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Hoadley and Perou research featured in ASCO annual review

Hoadley and Perou research featured in ASCO annual review

Research led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members Katherine Hoadley, PhD, research assistant professor in genetics and Chuck Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology, was selected by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for inclusion in Clinical Cancer Advances 2015, the Society’s annual review of progress against cancer and emerging trends in the field. The study, a comprehensive tumor genetic analysis which revealed a new way of classifying cancers, is featured as one of the year’s major achievements in clinical cancer research and care.

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Gershon, Gama named 2015 recipients of Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award

Gershon, Gama named 2015 recipients of Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award

Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD, and Vivian Gama, PhD, have been announced as the 2015 recipients of the Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award.

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Breast cancer prevention drug benefit varies among at-risk women, study finds

Breast cancer prevention drug benefit varies among at-risk women, study finds

After weighing the risk of serious side effects with the benefits of a breast cancer prevention drug, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher found that the drug’s benefits outweighed risks for most, but not all women.

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Emily’s gifts

Emily’s gifts

Eight year old Emily McCann of Apex came to the N.C. Cancer Hospital at the end of December bearing gifts. She brought money to help meet the needs of pediatric cancer patients, but she also brought cheer, comfort and hope.

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