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Cancer cells continue abnormal growth by activating error-prone DNA synthesis

Cancer cells continue abnormal growth by activating error-prone DNA synthesis

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Cyrus Vaziri, PhD, describe the discovery of how a specific cellular protein present in cancer cells triggers a repair mechanism that allows them to DNA damage tolerance and abnormal growth.

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Basch receives $5.45M grant to study patient-reported outcomes

Basch receives $5.45M grant to study patient-reported outcomes

Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, will use a five-year, $5.45 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to support his national study on whether having cancer patients self-report their symptoms while undergoing treatment results in better care.

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Debate ‘resolved’ on radiation treatment for cancers that have spread to the brain

Debate ‘resolved’ on radiation treatment for cancers that have spread to the brain

Brain radiation prolongs life for patients with cancer, but can cause serious side effects like memory delays or verbal impairments. In an editorial published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, UNC Lineberger researchers say a new study has resolved a debate about the optimal treatment for patients with one to three brain metastases, finding “little role” for whole brain radiation.

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Insurance, distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

Insurance, distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

Researchers say breast reconstruction can help with self-esteem, sexuality and body image after cancer treatment. But a UNC Lineberger study led by Michelle Roughton, MD, has found that the type of insurance a woman has as well as distance to a plastic surgeon's office can be barriers to the procedure.

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