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UNC Lineberger’s Mayer recognized by Oncology Nursing Society

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Director of Cancer Survivorship Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, has been recognized for her commitment to the Oncology Nursing Society and to the community as a whole.

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New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

Two new faculty members have joined the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help launch groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials that will test an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer.

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Researchers explore roots of breast cancer disparities at symposium

Researchers explore roots of breast cancer disparities at symposium

A symposium co-sponsored by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center brought leading breast cancer researchers together Friday to share findings about the genetic and environmental factors driving disparities in the disease’s incidence and mortality.

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UNC Lineberger researchers to study prostate cancer treatment side effects, survival outcomes

UNC Lineberger researchers to study prostate cancer treatment side effects, survival outcomes

The use of robot-assisted surgery and modern radiation techniques have been rapidly adopted as treatments for prostate cancer, but a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is asking what the newer technologies will mean in terms of side effects and outcomes for patients in the long-term.

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Perou recognized as health care innovator, awarded Triangle Business Journal honor

Perou recognized as health care innovator, awarded Triangle Business Journal honor

Charles M. Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the basic science leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research Program, has been acknowledged as a health care innovator by the Triangle Business Journal. During an awards ceremony on Thursday, Perou was selected from a pool of candidates as the finalist in the 2015 TBJ Health Care Heroes – Innovator category.

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Melissa Troester, PhD – Team Science at its Best

Melissa Troester, PhD – Team Science at its Best

UNC Lineberger member Melissa Troester, PhD, values a team approach in her work and her personal life. As co-leader of the cancer center’s Cancer Epidemiology Program, Troester’s work is an important part of UNC Lineberger’s interdisciplinary research on the causes of breast cancer and the translational research on strategies of prevention, treatment and cure.

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NC Cancer Hospital hosts ‘Strollin’ Colon’ to raise colorectal cancer awareness

NC Cancer Hospital hosts ‘Strollin’ Colon’ to raise colorectal cancer awareness

While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it. To help inform people about colorectal cancer risks and symptoms as well as the benefits of screening, the N.C. Cancer Hospital hosted a public outreach event last Thursday and Friday.

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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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