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Mayer Receives Funds to Implement Survivorship Care Plans

Mayer Receives Funds to Implement Survivorship Care Plans

UNC Lineberger member Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was awarded $50,000 in funding through the UNC School of Medicine’s Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement seed grant program for her proposal “Implementing Survivorship Care Plans.”

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Andrew Tucker: Building a Better Image

Andrew Tucker, PhD, used his graduate experience at UNC to help build a new kind of mammographic imaging machine now in use in a clinical trial at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.

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Pope Foundation gives $1.3 million to UNC Lineberger to fight cancer

The John William Pope Foundation has made a $1.3 million gift to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund cancer research and treatment.

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Johnson joins ‘Dream Team’ of scientists  collaborating on rare pediatric cancer

Johnson joins ‘Dream Team’ of scientists collaborating on rare pediatric cancer

UNC Lineberger member Gary Johnson, PhD, professor and chair of the UNC Department of Pharmacology, has been tapped to join Synodos, a team of scientists working together to defeat the rare genetic disorder neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). A first-of-its-kind NF research collaboration, Synodos has brought together centers of excellence from institutions across the country. Johnson will be just one of 12 academic researchers in the collaboration.

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Join the Walk for Bladder Cancer on May 3, 2014 in Hillsborough

Please join Team Lineberger for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) annual walk to raise awareness about bladder cancer on May 3, 2014 in Hillsborough, NC.

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Studies examine the role of physical force on cells

The push and pull of physical force can cause profound changes in the behavior of a cell. Two studies from researchers working at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center reveal how cells respond to mechanical manipulation.

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UNC Lineberger to be involved in first research challenge using Project Data Sphere Initiative, a new data sharing platform launched by CEO Roundtable on Cancer

UNC Lineberger to be involved in first research challenge using Project Data Sphere Initiative, a new data sharing platform launched by CEO Roundtable on Cancer

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has contributed to the development of the first national “research challenge” involving the newly launched Project Data Sphere, LLC (PDS), an independent not-for-profit initiative of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer’s Life Sciences Consortium (LSC).

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Opening of Marsico Hall marks major step for cancer research at UNC

Opening of Marsico Hall marks major step for cancer research at UNC

UNC Lineberger helped celebrate the opening of Marsico Hall today, the newest research building to house an impressive array of programs, including several affiliated with the cancer center.

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Evans and Perou featured in Science Magazine article on breast cancer genes

Science Magazine interviewed UNC Lineberger members Charles Perou, PhD, and James Evans, MD, PhD, for a special feature on “The ‘Other’ Breast Cancer Genes.”

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Grant will fund research into role of cancer-related genes

Grant will fund research into role of cancer-related genes

Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center will investigate the role of proteins linked both to human sexual reproduction and cancer tumor formation thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

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UNC Lineberger members to share expertise at 2014 AACR Annual Meeting

Members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will share their research and expertise at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) on April 5 to 9 in San Diego, Calif. The event will host more than 18,000 researchers, patient advocates and other professionals in the cancer field to share the year’s foremost basic science, translational and clinical advances.

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UNC researchers show cancer chemotherapy accelerates ‘molecular aging’

UNC researchers show cancer chemotherapy accelerates ‘molecular aging’

Physicians have long suspected that chemotherapy can accelerate the aging process in patients treated for cancer. Using a test developed at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to determine molecular aging, UNC oncologists have directly measured the impact of anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs on biological aging.

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UNC to celebrate dedication of Marsico Hall March 27

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will dedicate Marsico Hall (formerly called the IRB building or the BRIC building) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27. The event will also begin streaming live online once the ceremony has begun.

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UNC scientists reveal how cells destroy RNA, a key piece in understanding disease

UNC scientists reveal how cells destroy RNA, a key piece in understanding disease

RNA encodes the proteins that play a key role in cellular reproduction, but the manner in which cells regulate its removal once these proteins are synthesized remains a mystery. One piece of this mystery has been solved as researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who have identified the steps by which a cell removes RNA from the cytoplasm.

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MBCN to hold annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference with UNC Lineberger in September

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) is pleased to announce it will hold its 8th Annual National Conference September 19-21, 2014 in conjunction with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and UNC Lineberger associate director for population sciences, has been named the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, effective March 1.

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Genetic, non-invasive test could improve colon cancer screening

Genetic, non-invasive test could improve colon cancer screening

A non-invasive test that includes detection of the genetic abnormalities related to cancer could significantly improve the effectiveness of colon cancer screening, according to research published by a team of scientists including David Ransohoff, MD, professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member.

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Shelia Santacroce receives grant from Northwestern Mutual and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Shelia Santacroce receives grant from Northwestern Mutual and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

On March 5, Shelia Santacroce, PhD, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Member and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Scholar, received a $50,000 research grant from Northwestern Mutual and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to fund children’s cancer research.

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Dr. Chad Ellis named UNC Lineberger associate director

Dr. Chad Ellis named UNC Lineberger associate director

Chad Ellis, PhD, has been appointed as associate director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective April 1, 2014.

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Community physician and researcher partnerships deliver latest care to breast cancer patients

Community physician and researcher partnerships deliver latest care to breast cancer patients

Cancer patients who receive care from local physicians partnering with the medical research community are as likely to receive innovative treatments compared to patients treated at medical school affiliated hospitals, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Local 5K kicks off Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, raises funds for screening programs

Local 5K kicks off Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, raises funds for screening programs

Across the country, thousands have taken part in the Colon Cancer Coalition’s initiative called “Get Your Rear In Gear,” a series of 5K races aimed at fighting colon cancer by raising funding to support education, prevention and screening programs. On March 1, supporters gathered in Raleigh, N.C. to kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness month with their local Get Your Rear in Gear event.

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UNC researchers create new tool to unravel mysteries of metastasis

UNC researchers create new tool to unravel mysteries of metastasis

The lab of Klaus Hahn, PhD, developed a new technique to help scientists map the interactions between the proteins at the heart of many diseases.

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Groesbeck Parham receives humanitarianism and volunteerism award

Groesbeck Parham receives humanitarianism and volunteerism award

Parham is being recognized by the Society for Gynecologic Oncology for his work on cervical cancer and selfless dedication to improving the lives of women in Zambia.

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Beth Knight: Inside Our Cellular Invaders

Beth Knight: Inside Our Cellular Invaders

Beth Knight found out what transpires inside cells involved in medulloblastoma - a type of brain cancer - and what role a particular protein plays in tumor development.

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Heels of Hope program trains lay navigators to support patients at N.C. Cancer Hospital

Heels of Hope program trains lay navigators to support patients at N.C. Cancer Hospital

The program prepares volunteers to provide patients and their families with practical and emotional guidance as they receive treatment.

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Endeavors - Chasing Pac-Man

Endeavors - Chasing Pac-Man

Two UNC researchers design a biological test to individualize chemotherapy.

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Weiss teams up with GRACE to offer free webinar for late stage oropharynx cancer patients

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member Jared Weiss, MD is teaming up with the cancer advocacy organization Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE) to offer a free webinar

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UNC Lineberger members make major contribution to President’s Cancer Panel report on HPV vaccination

Members of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center played a major role in developing the recommendations in a President’s Cancer Panel (PCP) report urging a widespread public campaign to increase the rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

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Baron aspirin research profiled in the Boston Globe

Baron aspirin research profiled in the Boston Globe

The work of UNC School of Medicine Professor and Lineberger member John Baron, MD, is featured in an article titled "Can aspiring fight cancer?" The article provides an overview of recent studies that suggest regular doses of aspirin can help prevent some types of cancer.

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UNC Lineberger faculty headline AACR RAS conference

UNC Lineberger faculty headline AACR RAS conference

The oncogene RAS is linked to 30 percent of human cancers, but the search for a targeted therapy for RAS has remained elusive. Three leading RAS researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are playing leading roles at a conference aimed at discussing recent advances that may lead to new advances in targeting the oncogene.

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Clinical advances should not yet discourage the use of local therapies

Clinical advances should not yet discourage the use of local therapies

Clinical trials that show positive patient response to systemic therapies for cancer should not necessarily lead to reduction in the use of local therapies such as radiation and surgery.

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UNC’s Dr. Jared Weiss joins Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina’s Board

UNC’s Dr. Jared Weiss joins Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina’s Board

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCINC), the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, is proud to welcome Dr. Jared Weiss, medical oncologist with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Program, to serve on the board of directors.

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Harris comments on major mammography study in The New York Times

Harris comments on major mammography study in The New York Times

UNC Lineberger member Russell Harris, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health, was quoted in two articles in the New York Times about a major study of the efficacy of breast cancer screening published by BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal).

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Genetic subtypes of bladder cancer reflect breast cancer biology

Genetic subtypes of bladder cancer reflect breast cancer biology

A comprehensive genetic analysis of invasive bladder cancer tumors has found that the disease shares genetic similarities with two forms of breast cancer, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Cancer Center. Bladder cancer, which is the fourth most common malignancy in men and ninth most common in women in the United States, claimed more than 15,000 patients last year.

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Makowski study explores impact of glucose uptake on inflammatory processes

Makowski study explores impact of glucose uptake on inflammatory processes

“This is an important finding because of the field’s increased interest in ‘metabolic reprogramming’ of immune cells. Understanding how macrophage substrate metabolism impacts inflammation is crucial to our being able to develop novel therapies for obesity and diabetes, and even cancer," said study author Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the Gillings School and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC Lineberger receives jointly awarded $1 million research grant to investigate novel target in melanoma

The $1 million award from the Melanoma Research Alliance and the Saban Family Foundation will support research to improve the treatment of melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer.

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NIH grant to improve efficiency of chemotherapy drugs

NIH grant to improve efficiency of chemotherapy drugs

A team led by Cyrus Vaziri, PhD, and William Janzen at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for research that could help make chemotherapy drugs more effective.

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Early tumor response from stereotactic radiosurgery predicts outcome

Early tumor response from stereotactic radiosurgery predicts outcome

The response of a patient with metastatic brain tumors to treatment with stereotactic radiosurgery in the first six-to-twelve weeks can indicate whether follow-up treatments and monitoring are necessary, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

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Application sought for 2014 Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announces The Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. This cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose.

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Nature Reviews features Smith bladder cancer research

The journal highlights research performed by UNC Lineberger member Angela Smith, MD, that links a loss of muscle mass, known as sarcopenia, in women to complications from a cystectomy. Women who experienced sarcopenia were found to have a 43 percent chance of major complications compared to 10 percent for women who did not experience muscle loss.

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Improved ultrasound imaging provides an alternative way of visualizing tumors

Improved ultrasound imaging provides an alternative way of visualizing tumors

While ultrasound provides a less expensive and radiation-free alternative to detecting and monitoring cancer compared to technologies such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs, the lower clarity and resolution of ultrasound has limited its use in cancer treatment. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have overcome this limitation by combining ultrasound with a contrast agent comprised of micro-sized bubbles that pair with an antibody produced at elevated levels by many cancers.

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A powerful technique to further understanding of RNA

Qi Zhang sees himself as a warrior. In his lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he wages war on genetic diseases such as cancer and heart disease on a battlefield measured with single atoms.

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MSN Student Sean Gallagher Receives ONS Fellowship

MSN Student Sean Gallagher Receives ONS Fellowship

The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation selected MSN student Sean Gallagher, RN, for a 2013 APN/DNP Student Fellowship. Mr. Gallagher's fellowship will cover the costs of his research project "Survivors of HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer--Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Impact of HPV on Sexual Intimacy."

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Best Doctors in America® 2014 list includes 53 UNC Lineberger physicians

Best Doctors in America® 2014 list includes 53 UNC Lineberger physicians

The annual compilation of The Best Doctors in America® includes 53 physicians affiliated with the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Endeavors - Radiation Revolution

Sha Chang, Otto Zhou, and collaborators have built the first small device that can produce these kind of microbeams, opening up a new area of research for cancer scientists.

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Carey on breast cancer at MedPage Today

Dr. Lisa Carey, MD, medical director of the UNC Breast Center and associate director for clinical science at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of the experts interviewed by MedPage Today on recent advances in cancer research.

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Top of the Line - Five questions with Dr. Sharpless

Top of the Line - Five questions with Dr. Sharpless

The next chapter in the story of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center begins with a new director, Ned Sharpless, an oncologist with a story to tell.

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Cancer patient out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence

Cancer patient out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence

The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient’s share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

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The Charlotte Observer - Mersereau comments on fertility preservation for young adults battling cancer

Dr. Jennifer Mersereau, a fertility preservation specialist at UNC Cancer Care, comments on the promise and challenge of fertility preservation for individuals battling cancer.

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