UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted the Kidney Cancer Association Patient and Survivor Conference at the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Attendees from New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina gathered to hear presentations on topics such as managing treatment, new therapies and navigating the health care system.
Deborah Mayer, Ph.D., R.N., AOCN, FAAN, Professor at the School of Nursing, Director of Cancer Survivorship at UNC Lineberger, is a national pioneer on research in cancer survivorship. Her work sheds light on the best ways to monitor and manage care for cancer survivors long after diagnosis and treatment. She is a staunch advocate for serving patients' needs and the importance of good communication.
Chad Pecot, MD, assistant professor in hematology and oncology, has received a Mentored Research Scholar Award in Applied and Clinical Research from the American Cancer Society (ACS). Dr. Pecot is one of only two recipients in the United States to receive the award.
The UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project allows law students, working under the supervision of volunteer attorneys, to draw up advance directives for cancer patients, for free. Originally designed as a joint program with Duke, Carolina’s student-run program has grown so much that it operates independently now, with the help of Legal Aid of North Carolina Inc. and about 35 volunteer attorneys.
UNC Lineberger members Lisa Carey, MD, Chuck Perou, PhD, Hyman Muss, MD, Carey Anders, MD, and Katherine Hoadley, PhD will present at leading breast cancer research symposium.
AnnMarie Walton, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES, PhD candidate, an oncology nurse at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, who has made extraordinary efforts to improve the health and lives of agricultural workers and health care providers has been recognized as one of the 10 recipients of the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Several UNC Lineberger members and UNC School of Medicine faculty presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Francisco last week. With more than 15,000 members from nearly 100 countries, ASH is the world's largest professional society serving clinicians and scientists around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases. The 56th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition is the premier event in malignant and non-malignant hematology.
Lisa Carey, MD, medical director of the UNC Breast Center, division chief of hematology and oncology at the UNC School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, has been named to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Nominating Committee. An ASCO member since 1997, Carey will serve a three-year term on the committee.
Since 2009, Elizabeth Stewart has honored the memory of her daughter Charli’ Ramsey with an annual hat drive for pediatric oncology patients and bone marrow transplant patients at UNC Lineberger. Charli’ was treated for leukemia at UNC before she passed away in 2001 at the age of nine. Over the years, the effort has expanded to include not just hats but pillowcases, blankets and scarves: all items that provide comfort and a measure of happiness to patients in treatment.
UNC Lineberger members and UNC School of Medicine researchers have found for the first time a biochemical mechanism that could be a cause of “chemo brain” – the neurological side effects such as memory loss, confusion, difficulty thinking, and trouble concentrating that many cancer patients experience while on chemotherapy to treat tumors in other parts of the body.
Matthew G. Ewend, MD, FACS, Van L. Weatherspoon, Jr. Eminent Distinguished Professor and Chair, UNC Department of Neurosurgery and UNC Lineberger member, has been awarded this year’s H. Fleming Fuller Award.
Congratulations to nurse practitioner Mary Dunn and clinical nurse Lauren Terzo for winning the 2014 Oncology Nursing Excellence Award and to financial counselor Cynthia Moody and administrative support supervisor Christine Nadel, winners of the 2014 Clinical Services Excellence Award.
Over 100 people had the opportunity to learn about cancer, aging and resilience from UNC cancer care experts on Friday, November 14, at Cancer Care and Older Adults: A Public Forum hosted by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
UNC Lineberger researchers and colleagues at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a new approach to block the KRAS oncogene, one of the most frequently mutated genes in human cancer. The approach, led by Chad Pecot, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at UNC, offers another route to attack KRAS, which has proven to be an elusive and frustrating target for drug developers.
Stergios Moschos, MD, associate professor and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, is among 11 physicians from across the country to receive the National Cancer Institute (NCI) 2014 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award.
The proportion of adolescent girls receiving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines was much lower in states with higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality, according to data presented by doctoral student Jennifer Moss at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, held Nov. 9–12.
The 12th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season concluded with the Charlotte Walk on October 26, raising $1.4 million to accelerate breast cancer research and improve access to screening, diagnosis, treatment and education. Hazel Nichols, PhD, assistant professor epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is leading one of five teams in the Carolinas awarded a grant of $200,000 to support a study that will analyze data from 18 ongoing studies on pregnancy-associated breast cancer.
Chad Pecot, MD, assistant professor in hematology and oncology, has received a V Scholar Award from the The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Dr. Pecot is one of 20 recipients in the United States to receive the two-year $200,000 award.
Targeting CC-Chemokine Receptor 7 (CCR7) with fully human anti-CCR7 antibodies for the prevention of graft-versus-host disease.
The UNC Department of Urology is once again participating in Movember, a global mustache-growing fundraising campaign meant to spark conversation and raise funds for men’s health programs.
Over 5,000 cancer patients are now enrolled in the UNC Health Registry, an initiative funded by the University Cancer Research Fund established to better understand the long-term consequences of cancer, which affect many North Carolinians. This milestone hits the half-way mark of the 10,000 enrollment goal.
UNC Cancer Care thoracic oncologists joined the Lung Cancer Initiative's Raleigh LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk & Rally on November 1, 2014 in Raleigh, NC.
The V Foundation awards $600,000 grant to UNC Lineberger to track kinase activity in head and neck, lung and esophageal cancers.
When Stephen Frye completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at Carolina in 1987, he set out to make a difference.
Three UNC Lineberger members - Lisa Carey, MD, medical director of the UNC Breast Center, division chief of hematology and oncology at the UNC School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, Matt Ewend, MD, Van L. Weatherspoon Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the UNC Department of Neurosurgery, and Chuck Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology – served as speakers at the 6th Annual Princess Noorah Oncology Center International Breast Cancer Conference held in Jeddah.
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases have received a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the growing worldwide cancer problem and expand the University’s efforts in Malawi to study and treat HIV-associated cancers.
SOCCER.COM, the world’s leading authentic grassroots soccer company, is helping kick cancer to the curb!
The research, led by Andrew C. Dudley, has implications for developing cancer drugs that target blood vessels that feed tumors.
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, Anne-Marie Meyer, PhD, assistant professor of cancer epidemiology, has been named faculty director of the Integrated Cancer Information and Surveillance System (ICISS).
UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell was one of the keynote speakers at UNC Lineberger’s 6th annual Coping with Cancer Symposium on Friday, October 10. The event was well attended by health care providers and administrators from across North Carolina.
Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Lineberger member, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine a U. S. scientist can receive.
A pilot study of people with advanced cancer indicates that parental status is an important factor in treatment decision-making, with the majority stating that being a parent motivates them to pursue life-extending treatments, according to research presented this week at ASCO’s 2014 Quality Care Symposium by Devon Check, a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, professor in the UNC School of Nursing and director of cancer survivorship at UNC Lineberger, leads national efforts to address growing need for post-treatment planning for cancer patients.
A tale of viruses, stem cells, and global health
The first annual She ROCKS (Research, Ovarian, Cancer, Knowledge, Support) event held recently in Wilmington raised funds that will go directly towards ovarian cancer research based at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Brian Strahl, PhD, and his band of biochemists unravel the complicated mysteries of the epigenetic code to find a culprit in cancer development.
The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of myBCrisk.org, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women.
Now in its 10th year, this annual event hosted by Coach Roy Williams raised $213,000 for cancer research and treatment at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – Matthew Milowsky, MD, associate professor and co-director of the Urologic Oncology Program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been appointed as the clinic medical director of the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
Susan G. Komen® has awarded over $875,000 in research funding to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) held their Light The Night Walk at Rock Quarry Park in Durham on Saturday, September 20. The evening fundraising walk celebrated and commemorated lives touched by blood cancer. More than a walk, the evening had a carnival atmosphere and included refreshments, entertainment, music and kids' activities
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) held its 8th Annual National Conference in Chapel Hill September 19-21, 2014 in conjunction with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, assistant professor of urology and adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology and health policy & management, has been named director of urologic oncology in the UNC Department of Urology. In his new role, he joins Matthew Milowsky, MD, associate professor of medicine, as co-director of the Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Service at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
On September 24, 2014, UNC Lineberger held a reception to honor Dr. Sharon Campbell, recipient of the 2014 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award.
With his selection to the NIH Council of Councils, Terry Magnuson, PhD, becomes the first UNC scientist appointed to the board dedicated to funding the biggest ideas in medical research.
Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, discovered the mechanisms responsible for keeping the clock in sync.
Blossom Damania, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named Assistant Dean for Research at the UNC School of Medicine, effective immediately.
New clinical guidelines have been announced for the treatment of men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). Ethan Basch, MD, director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, served as the co-chair of the ASCO/CCO expert panel that developed the guideline.
Upstream of the proteins that cancer cells use to proliferate sits RBM4, a gene-splicing protein that UNC researcher Zefeng Wang, PhD, discovered is drastically reduced in human lung and breast cancer cells.
Research led by UNC’s Kathleen Caron, PhD, shows that halting the protein CXCR7 leads to over activation of adrenomedullin, a hormone needed at proper levels for normal cardiovascular development