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Using new knowledge about cell division, researchers look to improve chemotherapy effects

Using new knowledge about cell division, researchers look to improve chemotherapy effects

A study led by UNC Lineberger member Michael J. Emanuele, PhD, was featured on the cover of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. The researchers uncovered new details about a protein called NUSAP1 during chromosome segregation, and offered a possible way to sensitize cancer cells to a particular type of chemotherapy.

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Sharpless sworn in as National Cancer Institute director

Sharpless sworn in as National Cancer Institute director

Norman E. Sharpless, MD, who served as director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from January 2014-June 2017, was formally sworn in as director of the National Cancer Institute on Oct. 17.

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Scientific retreat highlights faculty research, cancer center initiatives

Scientific retreat highlights faculty research, cancer center initiatives

During the annual UNC Lineberger Scientific Retreat on Oct. 10, Interim Director Shelton "Shelley" Earp shared his assessment of current and future research initiatives. Eight center researchers gave presentations on their work, and a poster competition highlighted the work of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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UNC Lineberger postdoctoral fellows receive Pagano Award

This year’s recipients of The Joseph S. Pagano Award are Rajarshi Choudhury, PhD, Rui Lu, PhD, and George Souroullas, PhD.

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Wheeler awarded UNC’s Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement

Wheeler awarded UNC’s Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement

University of North Carolina recognizes Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, for her research using mathematical modeling and systems thinking to address complex health services and policy questions.

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Honoring excellence in cancer care and services

Honoring excellence in cancer care and services

Friends, family members and colleagues recently gathered at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital to honor Paula Landman, RN, MSN, CPON, Tammy Triglianos, ANP, ANCOP, Glenda Blackwood and Craig Rifkin, RT, the 2017 Oncology Excellence Awards recipients.

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Scientists lay the foundation for better research into anti-RAS therapies

Scientists lay the foundation for better research into anti-RAS therapies

In a paper published in the journal Science Signaling, Channing Der, PhD, and colleagues were able to screen chemical reagents to help researchers in the search for RAS-targeted therapies.

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Pagano honored for 42 years of leadership for UNC Lineberger’s postdoctoral trainees

Pagano honored for 42 years of leadership for UNC Lineberger’s postdoctoral trainees

Joseph Pagano, MD, director emeritus of UNC Lineberger, has led UNC Lineberger's postdoctoral training program since its inception.

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Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Ade Adamson, MD, MPP, and Nancy E. Thomas, MD, PhD, report in JAMA Dermatology that surgical treatment delays – defined as surgery that occurred more than six weeks after diagnosis – were common. Medicaid patients were 36 percent more likely than private insurance patients to experience delays.

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Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Preliminary findings from a study led by UNC Lineberger's Bhisham Chera, MD, and Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, suggest a genetic test for HPV16 in the blood could be useful to help assess risk for patients, and could help identify patients suitable for lower treatment doses. The findings were presented at this year’s American Society of Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, held Sept. 24-27 in San Diego.

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Roy Williams' Fast Break Against Cancer tops $2.4 million

Roy Williams' Fast Break Against Cancer tops $2.4 million

North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams hosted his 13th annual Fast Break Against Cancer breakfast and auction to support cancer research at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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 UNC Lineberger gears up for Victory Ride to Cure Cancer

UNC Lineberger gears up for Victory Ride to Cure Cancer

The V Foundation for Cancer Research hosted a launch party for its Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, a newly created charity cycling event that will take place in the Triangle next May and will benefit Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as breakthrough cancer research nationwide.

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Radiation oncology researchers present at ASTRO

Radiation oncology researchers present at ASTRO

Nearly 30 UNC Linberger studies were featured at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 2017 Annual Meeting was held in San Diego Sept. 24-27.

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To improve melanoma treatment, researchers look to block deletion of ‘self-reactive’ immune cells

To improve melanoma treatment, researchers look to block deletion of ‘self-reactive’ immune cells

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Maureen Su, MD, report on a potential new way to fight melanoma by blocking one of the immune system’s checks and balances.

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Details of how cells 'release the brakes' on division revealed

Details of how cells 'release the brakes' on division revealed

In a new study led by UNC Lineberger member Michael J. Emanuele, PhD, researchers discovered details of one way that cells release their brakes to allow replication and division to proceed.

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Warnings of tobacco addiction considered believable

Warnings of tobacco addiction considered believable

In the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, UNC Lineberger researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and Allison Lazard, PhD, compared how believable adults and adolescents found different warnings on addiction and tobacco.

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Smitherman and Alexander join pediatric hematology-oncology program

Smitherman and Alexander join pediatric hematology-oncology program

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to announce that Andrew Smitherman, MD, MSc, and Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH, have been appointed to the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

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DeSimone named recipient of 22nd Heinz Award

DeSimone named recipient of 22nd Heinz Award

UNC Lineberger's Joseph DeSimone, PhD, has been named the recipient of the 22nd Heinz Award in the Technology, the Economy and Employment category.

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Savings less than expected for generic oral chemotherapy

Savings less than expected for generic oral chemotherapy

A study led by UNC Lineberger's Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, compared the cost of the generic and brand-name version of capecitabine, which was one of the first high-priced chemotherapy pills to come off patent in the United States. Their findings offer a glimpse into what could be happening with generic competition in this specialty drug market.

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Research collaboration launched in South Africa to study Kaposi sarcoma

Research collaboration launched in South Africa to study Kaposi sarcoma

UNC Lineberger's Dirk Dittmer, PhD, has launched a collaboration with researchers in South Africa to investigate the biology of Kaposi sarcoma, a cancer caused by a herpes virus and associated with infection with HIV.

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Innovative cancer data resource expands, gains a new name

Innovative cancer data resource expands, gains a new name

Academics and policymakers are using the Cancer Information & Population Health Resource, or CIPHR, to knit together data from multiple public and private sources to examine a wide range of complex issues tied to improving cancer outcomes in North Carolina.

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Zeny’s Garden offers patients peace of mind and body

Zeny’s Garden offers patients peace of mind and body

The newly established community garden at SECU Family House honors the legacy of the late Zeny Datiles, who was a dietician at UNC Hospitals, and provides a healthy respite -- and fresh vegetables -- for patients and their families.

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Striving to save more children with cancer in Malawi

Striving to save more children with cancer in Malawi

Kate Westmoreland, MD, a fellow in the UNC Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology has a bold goal - increase the survival rate of Burkitt lymphoma in Malawi from 30 percent to more than 60 percent. Learn how this Winston-Salem native is working to improve pediatric oncology in sub-Saharan Africa.

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From the Ground up: The State of Cancer Care in Malawi

From the Ground up: The State of Cancer Care in Malawi

UNC Lineberger's Satish Gopal, MD, head of UNC’s cancer care efforts at UNC-Project Malawi, will welcome collaborators from across the region for the Malawi Cancer Care Symposium on Aug. 28 and 29.

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Study sheds light on why some breast cancers have limited response to immunotherapy

Study sheds light on why some breast cancers have limited response to immunotherapy

Jonathan Serody, MD, Benjamin Vincent, MD, and a team of UNC Lineberger investigators published findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that may explain why drugs designed to unleash the immune system against cancer were ineffective in treating a type of triple negative breast cancer. They determined “claudin-low” tumors were releasing a chemical signal to attract regulatory T-cells, which prevented the immune system from rejecting the cancer.

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51 UNC Lineberger physicians recognized as 'Best Doctors'

51 UNC Lineberger physicians recognized as 'Best Doctors'

Best Doctors in America® List is the product of a national survey of physicians, who are asked which physicians they would see if they needed treatment for specific medical issues.

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Gillings names Ribisl chair of health behavior department

Gillings names Ribisl chair of health behavior department

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has appointed UNC Lineberger's Kurt Ribisl, PhD, as chair of its health behavior department.

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 Researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia in cancer patients

Researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia in cancer patients

A study led by UNC Lineberger's Catherine Coombs, MD, revealed new risk factors for “clonal hematopoiesis,” a medical phenomenon in which genetic mutations are found in the blood cells of patients who do not have an existing blood cancer.

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Researchers look to improve detection of skin cancer lacking pigment melanin

Researchers look to improve detection of skin cancer lacking pigment melanin

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, have identified key features linked to amelanotic melanoma, a form of skin cancer that lacks the brown or black color that stems from the pigment melanin.

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Rosenstein elected head of national psychosocial oncology society

Rosenstein elected head of national psychosocial oncology society

UNC Lineberger's Donald Rosenstein, MD, director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, was elected to lead the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

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Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities

Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities

In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Melissa Troester, PhD, published results of an analysis of approximately 1,000 invasive breast tumors. The study confirmed that young black women are more likely to have “triple negative,” or “basal-like,” breast cancers, a subtype that does not express any of the receptors for targeted biologic therapies. The study also identified variation by race within a clinical breast cancer type that has the greatest mortality disparity.

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UNC Lineberger program focused on improving screening rates, reducing cancer deaths

UNC Lineberger program focused on improving screening rates, reducing cancer deaths

The Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative, led by Daniel S. Reuland, MD, MPH, brings together UNC Lineberger’s clinicians and public health researchers with community partners to implement evidence-based cancer screening programs to reduce cancer burden among North Carolinians.

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Home test for HPV may be lifesaving for women who do not receive regular cervical cancer screenings

Home test for HPV may be lifesaving for women who do not receive regular cervical cancer screenings

A study led by UNC Lineberger's Jennifer Smith, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that among a group of 429 women who did not undergo routine cervical cancer screenings, two-thirds used and returned an in-home self-test, and 15 percent tested positive for human papillomavirus.

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Clinical trials framework proposed to bring cancer treatments to sub-Saharan Africa

Clinical trials framework proposed to bring cancer treatments to sub-Saharan Africa

In the journal PLOS Medicine, Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, cancer program director for UNC-Project Malawi, outlined a framework to design studies and bring cancer therapies to sub-Saharan Africa in the absence of clinical trial data specific to the region’s population and health care infrastructure.

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Duke Endowment grant to help UNC Lineberger roll out lay patient navigation program across N.C.

Duke Endowment grant to help UNC Lineberger roll out lay patient navigation program across N.C.

Thomas C. Shea, MD, associate director for Outreach Programs at UNC Cancer Network, and Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, clinical administrative director at UNC Cancer Network, will use the $600,000 grant to help implement the UNC Lay Patient Navigation Program in 10 hospitals and cancer care facilities that collectively cover a wide geographic region of the state.

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Clark, Freeman selected for 2017 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards

Clark, Freeman selected for 2017 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards

Leslie Clark, MD, and Ashley Freeman, MD, were honored with the 2017 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards for demonstrating excellence in cancer research and in clinical oncology practice.

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UNC Lineberger-Sylvia Lauterborn Oncology Nursing Fellows honored with celebration

UNC Lineberger-Sylvia Lauterborn Oncology Nursing Fellows honored with celebration

Faculty and staff from UNC Lineberger and the UNC School of Nursing gathered together on Monday, June 26, to honor students Jackie Balliot, Madison Morgan and Kaitlyn Pickert upon completion of their oncology nursing fellowship program.

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Using ‘sticky’ nanoparticles, researchers develop new strategy to boost body’s cancer defenses

Using ‘sticky’ nanoparticles, researchers develop new strategy to boost body’s cancer defenses

In the journal Nature Nanotechnology, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Andrew Wang, MD, report on strides made in the development of a strategy to improve the immune system's detection of cancer proteins by using “sticky” nanoparticles.

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Online program improves weight loss after childbirth

Online program improves weight loss after childbirth

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and co-authored by UNC Lineberger member Deborah Tate, PhD, communicated the results of an internet-based weight loss program in low-income women in the year after giving birth. By helping new mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weights, they hope to lower their risk for obesity and chronic diseases, such as cancer.

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Muss named a ‘Giant of Cancer Care’

Muss named a ‘Giant of Cancer Care’

Hyman B. Muss, MD, was honored at a ceremony in Chicago for his contributions that have advanced the fields of supportive, palliative and geriatric cancer care.

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Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

A study led by Brian Strahl, PhD, and colleagues has uncovered a crucial function of a yeast enzyme Set2, whose well-conserved human counterpart is often mutated in cancers, especially kidney cancer.

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UNC Lineberger research featured at ASCO Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger research featured at ASCO Annual Meeting

Research presented by UNC Lineberger members was featured in plenary and other major sessions of the meeting this year, and was picked up by multiple media outlets.

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UNC Cancer Survivors Day brings community together for day of celebration, education

UNC Cancer Survivors Day brings community together for day of celebration, education

Cancer survivors, their care providers and UNC faculty and staff were at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on Saturday, June 10, in a show of community and support, and to share information on issues facing survivors.

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Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

At the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Hyman B. Muss, MD, presented preliminary findings from several studies focused on older adults with cancer.

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New models of kidney cancer may drive immunotherapy research

New models of kidney cancer may drive immunotherapy research

UNC Lineberger member William Y. Kim, MD, and his colleagues report in the journal Nature Communications they have created laboratory models of both papillary and clear cell renal cell carcinoma that faithfully mimic the genetic changes seen in tumors of patients with these cancers.

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Promising results found for treatment of melanoma in the brain

Promising results found for treatment of melanoma in the brain

At the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2017 in Chicago, researchers presented promising data for two different investigational drug regimens used to treat melanoma that has spread to the brain, a common and deadly complication of this cancer.

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Black, white men view impacts of prostate cancer treatment differently, study finds

Black, white men view impacts of prostate cancer treatment differently, study finds

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH, surveyed 1,171 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in North Carolina, finding that while both white and black men were concerned about curing their cancer and the quality-of-life impacts of treatment, more black men considered other social and personal factors -- such as recovery time and cost -- to be very important in their treatment decision-making.

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Cancer patients who systematically reported their symptoms lived longer

Cancer patients who systematically reported their symptoms lived longer

A study presented by Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology is the first to find a survival benefit for patient reported outcomes.

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With ‘new life’ after transplant, cancer survivor renews marriage vows

With ‘new life’ after transplant, cancer survivor renews marriage vows

Recognizing that her husband now had a chance for a new, healthier life thanks to a stem cell transplant, Jackie Hannah secretly arranged for a ceremony for her husband David and her to renew their marriage vows. While he was in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in March, just after the transplant, and still dressed in his pajamas, David married Jackie again with hospital staff in attendance.

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Payments linked to higher odds of doctors prescribing certain cancer drugs

Payments linked to higher odds of doctors prescribing certain cancer drugs

In preliminary findings presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2017, researchers show that when physicians had to choose between multiple, on-patent drugs for metastatic kidney cancer and chronic myeloid leukemia, they were more likely to prescribe drugs from companies they had received general payments from.

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Symposium outlines career options for postdoctoral fellows

Symposium outlines career options for postdoctoral fellows

UNC Lineberger invited postdoctoral fellows to hear from three scientists who have chosen different science career paths after earning their doctoral degree.

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Researchers continue to seek strategy for starving brain tumors

Researchers continue to seek strategy for starving brain tumors

In the journal Cancer Research, UNC Lineberger researchers led by member Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD, report in the latest in a series of attempts to shut down the energy production machinery in medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. The findings may help researchers identify a suitable therapeutic target within the sugar metabolism pathway, and provide clues to a scientific mystery surrounding the confounding way that some cancer cells get energy from sugar.

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UNC Lineberger physicians, researchers to share study findings, clinical expertise at ASCO Annual Meeting 2017

UNC Lineberger physicians, researchers to share study findings, clinical expertise at ASCO Annual Meeting 2017

UNC Lineberger physicians and researchers will present their study findings at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, which is expected to draw thousands of people to Chicago this weekend.

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UNC-Chapel Hill spinout company generates more than $108M in stock offering

UNC-Chapel Hill spinout company generates more than $108M in stock offering

Founded with support from KickStart Venture Services, a UNC-Chapel Hill program that works to turn University research into new companies, G1 Therapeutics is developing novel therapeutics based on discoveries at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC Lineberger’s symposium facilitates new ideas, collaborations

UNC Lineberger’s symposium facilitates new ideas, collaborations

Fifteen speakers shared their latest research at UNC Lineberger’s 41st Annual Scientific Symposium, which was held at the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on the theme of “Developmental Signal Transduction Pathways in Cancer.”

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Superior Court Judge Carl Fox to speak at UNC Cancer Survivors Day on June 10

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox to speak at UNC Cancer Survivors Day on June 10

The annual day celebrating cancer survivors and their caregivers will include interactive educational talks and discussions and is free and open to the public.

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UNC Lineberger marks Clinical Trials Day

UNC Lineberger marks Clinical Trials Day

Clinical Trials Day honors clinical research professionals by recognizing their contributions to public health and medical progress. UNC Lineberger faculty and staff celebrated the day by sharing photos on social media.

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UNC Lineberger’s 41st Annual Scientific Symposium to focus on signal transduction in cancer

UNC Lineberger’s 41st Annual Scientific Symposium to focus on signal transduction in cancer

UNC Lineberger's 41st Annual Scientific Symposium will focus on "Developmental Signal Transduction Pathways in Cancer.” The symposium will be held May 22-23 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.

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Strategy significantly boosts colorectal screening

Strategy significantly boosts colorectal screening

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dan Reuland, MD, MPH, report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine that providing one-on-one support and customized tools for decision-making increased screening rates for patients at two community health centers in North Carolina and New Mexico.

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In ovarian cancer, researchers uncover new drivers of cell division

In ovarian cancer, researchers uncover new drivers of cell division

UNC Lineberger's Michael J. Emanuele, PhD, and colleagues have identified a key activator that can turn on FoxM1, a protein that drives expression of genes that help cells replicate and divide, a finding they published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology. They also discovered, paradoxically, that the activator for FoxM1 is also responsible for turning this protein off.

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UNC Lineberger celebrates Nurses Week

UNC Lineberger celebrates Nurses Week

UNC Lineberger marked National Nurses Week by highlighting three N.C. Cancer Hospital nurses who take such incredible care of our patients.

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UNC Lineberger team helps make Pancreatic Cancer Purple Stride 5K a success

UNC Lineberger team helps make Pancreatic Cancer Purple Stride 5K a success

UNC's Running RAScals participated in this year’s PanCAN #PurpleStride run on Saturday, April 29. The team, organized by Kirsten Bryant, PhD, consisted of 76 members and raised over $13,000 to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Finding genetic variations common in black women could improve breast cancer outcomes, reduce recurrence

Finding genetic variations common in black women could improve breast cancer outcomes, reduce recurrence

UNC Lineberger researchers Charles M. Perou, PhD, Katherine Hoadley, PhD, and Melissa Troester, PhD, co-authored a large, multi-institutional study designed to understand a gap in mortality for black and white women with breast cancer by beginning to unravel the germline genetic variations and tumor biological differences. This is the first “ancestry-based comprehensive analysis of multiple platforms of genomic and proteomic data of its kind,” the authors note.

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Robert McGinty named 2017 Searle Scholar

Robert McGinty named 2017 Searle Scholar

UNC Lineberger's Robert McGinty, MD, PhD, has been selected as a 2017 Searle Scholar. He is the first Searle Scholar named at the University of North Carolina in the past 10 years.

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Researchers map genetic changes in glioblastoma as it progresses, test potential treatment strategy

Researchers map genetic changes in glioblastoma as it progresses, test potential treatment strategy

In a pair of preclinical studies published in the journal Neuro-Oncology, UNC Lineberger's C. Ryan Miller, MD, PhD, and the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute report on the genetic evolution of glioblastoma as it progresses in severity and a potential strategy to treat this often fast-growing brain cancer type.

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Study confirms link between alcohol consumption, breast cancer risk in black women

Study confirms link between alcohol consumption, breast cancer risk in black women

In findings published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers confirmed the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk in a study in black women. The association has been seen in other studies drawn from majority white populations.

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Images of health risks make indoor tanning messages more effective

Images of health risks make indoor tanning messages more effective

UNC Lineberger's Seth Noar, PhD, and colleagues report in a new study that anti-tanning bed messages with images showing longer-term health effects, such as skin cancer or wrinkles, produced greater negative emotional reactions and higher ratings of effectiveness in a survey of female college students than text-only messages.

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UNC Lineberger receives $4 million gift to support promising new cancer treatment

UNC Lineberger receives $4 million gift to support promising new cancer treatment

Seeking to help in the development of treatments for metastatic cancer, Alice Lehman of Charlotte has donated $4 million to further the work of UNC Lineberger's new cellular immunotherapy research program.

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Cancer burden for aging U.S. HIV population projected to shift

Cancer burden for aging U.S. HIV population projected to shift

UNC-Chapel Hill researcher Jessica Y. Islam, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported findings Wednesday at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting that the total number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the United States is projected to decrease through 2030. She and her collaborators also projected that there would be a decrease in cancers linked to the advanced stage of HIV infection -- AIDS.

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UNC Lineberger researchers speak at governor's mansion for launch of Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

UNC Lineberger researchers speak at governor's mansion for launch of Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper declared April as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North Carolina to bring attention to this second-leading cause of cancer death among women. UNC Lineberger researchers joined First Lady Kristin Cooper at the Executive Mansion on Monday at a luncheon hosted by the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association.

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Nanoparticle treatment could improve immunotherapy against cancer

Nanoparticle treatment could improve immunotherapy against cancer

UNC Lineberger's Andrew Wang, MD, presented preliminary findings at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2017 from a preclinical study into the use of nanoparticles to improve the efficacy of immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors.

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Aggressive breast cancer grows faster in obese environment

Aggressive breast cancer grows faster in obese environment

In an abstract presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2017, UNC Lineberger's Liza Makowski, PhD, reported her and her colleagues' preliminary findings that breast cancer cells grew larger when they were transplanted into fatty, obese tissue.

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Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and Sarah Kowitt, MPH, found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.

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UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting

The 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 1-5, is expected to draw more than 20,000 scientists, clinicians, advocates, and others, including UNC Lineberger faculty, to discuss advances in the field of cancer science.

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Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

UNC Lineberger's Hazel Nichols, PhD, Chelsea Anderson, MPH, and their colleagues report that women diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely, and to babies whose weights were below normal. Cancer survivors also had a slightly higher rate of cesarean section deliveries.

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UNC Lineberger expands cancer survivors’ program to more N.C. locations

UNC Lineberger expands cancer survivors’ program to more N.C. locations

Through the N.C. Cancer Survivorship Provider Action Network (NC-CSPAN), cancer survivors and their loved ones can participate in a free, four-week educational program on nutrition, exercise, coping with stress and medical care. The program seeks to engage survivors to smooth the transition from active treatment.

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New insights into side effects can help prostate cancer patients choose treatments

New insights into side effects can help prostate cancer patients choose treatments

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study led by UNC Lineberger member Ronald C. Chen, MD, MPH, examines quality-of-life outcomes for modern treatment choices most patients will face, including active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation treatment, and brachytherapy.

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Society for Gynecologic Oncology annual meeting features UNC Lineberger data, honors two researchers

Society for Gynecologic Oncology annual meeting features UNC Lineberger data, honors two researchers

Emma L. Barber, MD, received an award for the “Best Clinical Poster Abstract” presented at the 2016 annual meeting and Leslie Clark, MD, was awarded the Laurel Rice Young Investigator Prize.

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ASPO honors Ribisl with Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award

ASPO honors Ribisl with Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award

Kurt Ribisl, PhD, recognized for his research evaluating and improving the reach of population-level efforts to reduce tobacco use with a particular emphasis on policy and information technology.

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'Good' bacteria is possible solution for unchecked inflammation in bowel diseases

'Good' bacteria is possible solution for unchecked inflammation in bowel diseases

In a study published in journal Nature Immunology, researchers led by UNC Lineberger member Jenny P.Y. Ting, PhD, described how inflammation can go unchecked in the absence of a certain inflammation inhibitor called NLRP12. In a harmful feedback loop, this inflammation can upset the balance of bacteria living in the gut. Beneficial bacteria may be the key to reversing inflammation in the absence of this key regulator.

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Earp, Ting recognized for career achievements in cancer research

Earp, Ting recognized for career achievements in cancer research

UNC Lineberger's H. Shelton Earp, MD, director of UNC Cancer Care and the Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research, and Jenny P.Y. Ting, PhD, the William Rand Kenan Professor of Genetics, have been honored with the Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award.

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UNC Lineberger launches innovative cellular immunotherapy program

UNC Lineberger launches innovative cellular immunotherapy program

UNC Lineberger, with its U.S. FDA-approved Good Manufacturing Practices, or “clean,” facility, is one of only a select academic centers in the United States with the capability to genetically modify patient immune cells for clinical use. This makes it possible for people who live in the Southeastern U.S. to stay closer to home to undergo cellular immunotherapy treatment.

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Spring deadline is March 15 for cancer research grant proposals

Spring deadline is March 15 for cancer research grant proposals

There are two categories of awards offered this spring for the UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Award: Pilot Awards of up to $50,000 for one-year projects involving one principal investigator, and Stimulus Awards of up to $100,000 per year for one or two years for projects that enhance our scientific understanding of cancer basic mechanisms or clinical and public health practice.

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Measuring patients' muscles to predict chemotherapy side effects

Measuring patients' muscles to predict chemotherapy side effects

UNC Lineberger researchers Hy Muss, MD, Shlomit Strulov Shachar, MD, and colleagues report in the journal Clinical Cancer Research that a measure of muscle mass and muscle quality developed at UNC could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for side effects that could require hospitalization.

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Researchers awarded grant to study strategy to improve immunotherapy response

Researchers awarded grant to study strategy to improve immunotherapy response

With a $1.74 million grant from the NIH, UNC Lineberger researchers led by H. Shelton Earp, MD, will study a potential new strategy for improving immunotherapy drug responses in patients with melanoma.

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Patients and their records agree on medical history for most maladies

Patients and their records agree on medical history for most maladies

A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Ronald Chen, MD, found that a group of prostate cancer patients reliably reported their own medical histories when their responses were compared to their medical records.

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Higher risk of death linked to eating more smoked or grilled meat before breast cancer

Higher risk of death linked to eating more smoked or grilled meat before breast cancer

UNC Lineberger's Marilie D. Gammon, PhD, and Humberto Parada, PhD, report in JNCI: The Journal of the National Cancer Institute that breast cancer patients who ate barbecued, grilled and smoked meats at higher annual amounts in the decade before their diagnosis had a greater risk of death from any cause.

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Revolutionary approach for treating glioblastoma works with human cells

Revolutionary approach for treating glioblastoma works with human cells

UNC Lineberger's Shawn Hingtgen, PhD, and colleagues, in laboratory studies, have converted human skin cells into stem cells that can hunt down and kill human brain cancer, an important step to moving the approach closer to a clinical trial.

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With gift of scarves, women address cancer's impact on image

With gift of scarves, women address cancer's impact on image

Thanks to the donation of handmade scarves from community groups, UNC Lineberger’s Patient and Family Resource Center staff are helping women to counter some of the side effects of cancer treatments. In addition to receiving a beautiful scarf, the women were taught different ways to wear it.

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U.S. cancer death rate declines, but work is needed to address local disparities

U.S. cancer death rate declines, but work is needed to address local disparities

UNC Lineberger researchers Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, called for tailored, local-level cancer prevention, screening and treatment efforts to address regional disparities in cancer mortality rates in an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Researchers unlock mechanism of drug resistance in aggressive breast cancer

Researchers unlock mechanism of drug resistance in aggressive breast cancer

In the journal Cancer Discovery, UNC Lineberger's Gary Johnson, PhD, and colleagues published findings on how triple negative breast cancer cells are able to bypass treatment with trametinib, an FDA-approved kinase inhibitor. They also demonstrated in a laboratory model a potential treatment approach that could prevent the onset of resistance.

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Study: Pro-inflammatory stress response promotes chemotherapy side effects and cancer relapse

Study: Pro-inflammatory stress response promotes chemotherapy side effects and cancer relapse

A team of researchers, including UNC Lineberger's Norman E. Sharpless, MD, has shown that chemotherapy triggers a pro-inflammatory stress response termed cellular senescence, promoting the adverse effects of chemotherapy as well as cancer relapse and metastasis. Eliminating the senescent cells in mice prevented the side effects and relapse.

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Researchers awarded NCI grant to seek new treatments for deadliest adult brain cancer

Researchers awarded NCI grant to seek new treatments for deadliest adult brain cancer

Backed by a three-year, more than $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger researchers Ryan Miller, MD, PhD, and Gary Johnson, PhD, plan to develop better cancer models to identify patterns of drug resistance in glioblastoma.

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 Cost, technology issues are barriers to real-time cancer patient symptom reporting

Cost, technology issues are barriers to real-time cancer patient symptom reporting

In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, UNC Lineberger member Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, addressed the need for – and the barriers preventing – electronic reporting of patients’ symptoms between visits.

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In memoriam: Oliver Smithies, DPhil

In memoriam: Oliver Smithies, DPhil

UNC Lineberger member and Nobel Laureate Oliver Smithies, DPhil, passed away Jan. 10. UNC Lineberger Director Norman E. Sharpless, MD, said Smithies "played a critical role in the university’s evolution into a world-leading scientific juggernaut."

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Scientists use light to control the logic networks of a cell

Scientists use light to control the logic networks of a cell

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a method to control proteins inside live cells with the flick of a switch, giving researchers an unprecedented tool for pinpointing the causes of disease using the simplest of tools: light.

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Start-up with UNC ties secures $2.9 million to develop blood test for cancer

Start-up with UNC ties secures $2.9 million to develop blood test for cancer

A start-up company co-founded by UNC Lineberger researcher Andrew Wang, MD, has raised $2.9 million to commercialize a test designed to capture cancer cells circulating in the blood.

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Inside the world of cell signaling: a G-protein breakthrough

Inside the world of cell signaling: a G-protein breakthrough

Scientists led by UNC Lineberger member John Sondek, PhD, created a new biochemical tool to block specific types of downstream G-protein signaling, opening new avenues of research and potential drug design and discovery.

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In blood of patients treated for other cancers, researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia

In blood of patients treated for other cancers, researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia

In a study presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in San Diego, Catherine C. Coombs, MD, MS, and colleagues reported that nearly a quarter of patients heavily treated for other cancers had mutations in their white blood cells, and that the majority of those mutations were leukemia-linked.

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UNC, Duke researchers unite around mission of preventing virus-induced cancers

UNC, Duke researchers unite around mission of preventing virus-induced cancers

Researchers and clinicians attended the 2016 UNC-Duke Viral Oncology & AIDS Malignancy Symposium on Dec. 14 to hear presentations and share their perspectives on the latest efforts to prevent and treat cancers linked to infectious agents.

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Cigar warning labels are not equally believable among adolescents

Cigar warning labels are not equally believable among adolescents

Less than 50 percent of surveyed teens found it ‘very believable’ that cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by a UNC Lineberger researcher.

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Symposium addresses an age-old question about older cancer patients

Symposium addresses an age-old question about older cancer patients

The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Geriatric Research Symposium, held Dec. 2, featured seven presentations and panel discussions focused on muscle mass, aging and patient function.

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UNC Lineberger researchers present findings at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

UNC Lineberger researchers present findings at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

UNC Lineberger breast cancer faculty members presented their research findings at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Dec. 6-10. The meeting drew more than 7,000 cancer caregivers and scientists from around the world, who attended talks and presentations on the latest developments in breast cancer care and research.

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For invasive breast cancer, researchers identify biomarkers of treatment response

For invasive breast cancer, researchers identify biomarkers of treatment response

UNC Lineberger researchers reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium they have identified biomarkers they believe can be used as part of a larger model to predict how patients with HER2-positive operative breast cancer will respond to the targeted treatment trastuzumab, commercially known as Herceptin, and chemotherapy.

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Brain metastasis persists despite improved targeted treatment for HER2 breast cancer

Brain metastasis persists despite improved targeted treatment for HER2 breast cancer

At this year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, UNC Lineberger researchers and collaborators shared the outcomes of their investigation into the incidence of brain metastasis after a series of drugs were approved to treat HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, starting with trastuzumab, also known as Herceptin, in the United States in 1998.

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Researchers developing model to predict if chemotherapy will work for aggressive breast cancer

Researchers developing model to predict if chemotherapy will work for aggressive breast cancer

In a study presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Katherine Hoadley, PhD, reported they developed a model that can predict which triple negative breast cancer patients will respond to chemotherapy.

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Genetic alterations more common in tumors of older patients with metastatic breast cancer

Genetic alterations more common in tumors of older patients with metastatic breast cancer

In preliminary findings presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, researchers showed that older patients were as likely as younger patients to receive targeted therapy and enroll in therapeutic trials based on their sequencing results.

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Thomas named chair of dermatology	department

Thomas named chair of dermatology department

UNC Lineberger member Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Dermatology, effective Jan. 1.

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Holidays and cancer: Tips for celebrating the season with less stress

Holidays and cancer: Tips for celebrating the season with less stress

Balancing medical needs with the desire to have a “normal” holiday can be challenging when someone is experiencing health issues, but the Patient and Family Resource Center staff at the N.C. Cancer Hospital and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that patients and their families who discuss and prioritize what traditions matter most are able to focus more on celebrating – and less on stressing over – the holidays.

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Ewend named president of UNC Physicians

Ewend named president of UNC Physicians

Matt Ewend, MD, FACS, has been named President of UNC Physicians. In this role, Ewend will oversee the physician clinical enterprise of UNC Health Care, which includes more than 2,400 physicians and 600 Advanced Practice Providers in 450 practices spanning the UNC Physicians Network, UNC Faculty Physicians, and physician practices at UNC Health Care affiliate hospitals.

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Join the Mia Hamm Foundation in raising awareness and funds for bone marrow transplant patients

Join the Mia Hamm Foundation in raising awareness and funds for bone marrow transplant patients

Mia Hamm and the Mia Hamm Foundation are partnering with UNC Lineberger today, Tuesday, Nov. 29, to provide support for bone marrow transplant patients -- and their families -- and to help them address some of the challenges they may face while undergoing treatment.

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Thanksgiving lunch brings patients, caregivers together

Thanksgiving lunch brings patients, caregivers together

Hospital staff and volunteers hosted a Thanksgiving lunch on Friday, Nov. 18, for 150 patients and their caregivers. The annual lunch, provided by UNC Hospital Catering, featured a traditional holiday meal -- replete with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce -- live music, and a caricature artist.

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Kosorok elected AAAS fellow

Kosorok elected AAAS fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, announced the election of Michael R. Kosork, PhD, as a fellow. Kosork is being honored for his distinguished contributions to biostatistics, in survival analysis, empirical processes and semiparametric models, statistical learning theory and personalized medicine, and for extraordinary administrative service.

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Flavors influence appeal and use of most tobacco products, especially for youth

Flavors influence appeal and use of most tobacco products, especially for youth

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, concluded in a study published in Tobacco Control that banning non-menthol flavors like fruit and candy could reduce use of most tobacco products across the globe, especially among adolescents.

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Eighth year of 'Hats for Hope' provides support, encouragement

Eighth year of 'Hats for Hope' provides support, encouragement

Volunteers collected more than 3,300 items through word of mouth, churches, social media and other organizations in eastern North Carolina for Hats for Hope, the Annual Charli’ Ramsey Hat Drive, and delivered them to adult and pediatric patients at UNC Hospitals.

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Lee appointed chair-elect of AACI’s Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee

Lee appointed chair-elect of AACI’s Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee

UNC Lineberger's Carrie Lee, MD, MPH, is chair-elect of the Association of American Cancer Institute’s Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee, which is responsible for developing better methods to disseminate information across cancer centers, identifying and addressing clinical research challenges, and measuring progress on behalf of AACI.

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The dark side of ‘junk’ DNA: Repeating DNA sequences play a role in bone cancer

The dark side of ‘junk’ DNA: Repeating DNA sequences play a role in bone cancer

Ian J. Davis, MD, PhD, and colleagues published a paper in Cell Reports that found certain short, repetitive sequences of DNA play an important role in the development of Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer that occurs most commonly in children and adolescents.

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Could targeting a gene linked to microcephaly lead to a better brain cancer treatment?

Could targeting a gene linked to microcephaly lead to a better brain cancer treatment?

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD, reported preclinical findings in the journal Development that show promise for targeting a gene linked to microcephaly in infants as a treatment for medulloblastoma.

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Study raises concerns about timely follow-up to positive mammogram for the uninsured

Study raises concerns about timely follow-up to positive mammogram for the uninsured

Uninsured women under age 65 who received their mammogram at community screening clinics in North Carolina were less likely to get follow-up within a year of a positive mammogram, and had higher odds of missing a 60-day window for follow-up care, according to a study Louise Henderson, PhD, and her colleagues published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Study finds genetic variation may protect against certain HPV-linked oral cancers

Study finds genetic variation may protect against certain HPV-linked oral cancers

Andrew Olshan, PhD, and colleagues reported in Nature Genetics that immune system-related genetic variation may provide new insight into the mechanisms of protection against human papillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer.

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Oncology Excellence Awards celebrate compassion and commitment

Oncology Excellence Awards celebrate compassion and commitment

North Carolina Cancer Hospital's Tony Williams Lobby was filled with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate Deborah Ballard, RN, MSN, ANP-C, OCN, Kristi Geib, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON, Pearl Langhorne, and Jennifer Spring, RD, CSO, LDN, who received 2016 Oncology Excellence Awards.

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Fellows, doctoral students present 'first-rate' science at Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

Fellows, doctoral students present 'first-rate' science at Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

More than 120 doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members came together Oct. 18 to learn about research advances made by UNC Lineberger’s postdocs at the annual UNC Lineberger Postdoc Faculty Research Day. The day-long event included a poster competition for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, and an oral presentation competition.

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Pecot awarded two lung cancer research grants

Pecot awarded two lung cancer research grants

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, as well as the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, awarded grants to support UNC Lineberger member Chad Pecot's lung cancer research.

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Daily self-monitoring of weight, activity helps prevent weight gain among breast cancer survivors

Daily self-monitoring of weight, activity helps prevent weight gain among breast cancer survivors

In a recent study, UNC Lineberger researchers evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of two six-month, self-regulation interventions that focused on daily self-weighing, objective monitoring and tailored feedback in an effort to prevent weight gain among African-American breast cancer survivors.

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Burridge, a part-time playwright, to premiere show in NYC

Burridge, a part-time playwright, to premiere show in NYC

For more than three decades, playwriting has been a hobby for UNC Lineberger researcher Keith Burridge, PhD. Burridge's play “The First Woman President” will be performed at a theater festival in New York City. The play will premiere Nov. 5 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

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'60 Minutes' profiles how UNC Lineberger is leveraging artificial intelligence

'60 Minutes' profiles how UNC Lineberger is leveraging artificial intelligence

CBS's "60 Minutes" came to UNC Lineberger to learn how researchers are using IBM Watson to cull through and generate useful clinical insights from massive amounts of genetic data.

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Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scientific honor

Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scientific honor

Susan G. Komen announced UNC Lineberger researcher Charles M. Perou, PhD, as the recipient of this year's Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science for his contributions to the understanding of breast cancer as distinct molecular subtypes that have prognostic value using cutting-edge cancer genomics tools.

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UNC’s Purvis earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

UNC’s Purvis earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

With a focus on stem cells, Jeremy Purvis, PhD, wants to tap the power of computer modeling to develop regenerative medicine solutions to medical conditions.

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Roy Williams’ Fast Break Against Cancer raises more than $200,000 for 2016 – and counting

Roy Williams’ Fast Break Against Cancer raises more than $200,000 for 2016 – and counting

North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams’ much beloved event has now raised more than $2.2 million over the years for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the total will continue to grow, thanks to an online auction that is running through Oct. 17.

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High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

In the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC Lineberger researchers report that nearly a third of a group of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, and who have federally-funded Medicare health insurance, did not start treatment within six months of diagnosis with any of three targeted drugs that have led to dramatic improvements in survival for the disease.

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Study identifies most persuasive messages for parents considering HPV vaccine

Study identifies most persuasive messages for parents considering HPV vaccine

Among parents who reported that they were disinclined to vaccinate, UNC Lineberger researchers found in a recent study that the most convincing messages about the HPV vaccine were those that focused on the parent’s role in preventing the child from getting HPV-related cancers and those that emphasized their role in whether their child becomes infected with HPV.

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Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

In an analysis of survival data for a population of patients with a particular type of head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers confirmed that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to multiple cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients with other strains of the virus.

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UNC Lineberger faculty, trainees advocate for federal support for research

UNC Lineberger faculty, trainees advocate for federal support for research

American Association for Cancer Research, which is advocating for a $2 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health budget, expects more than 300 scientists, health professionals and patient advocates to be at this year’s Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C.

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Hyundai Hope On Wheels aims to spur innovation in childhood cancer research

Hyundai Hope On Wheels aims to spur innovation in childhood cancer research

Barbara Savoldo, MD, PhD, will use the $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to help fund her research of a new generation chimeric antigen receptor-based cell therapy for neuroblastoma.

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Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function, feel during treatment and after

Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function, feel during treatment and after

A UNC Lineberger study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment drew upon surveys that assessed health-related quality of life issues for women aged 20 to 74 years who lived in North Carolina and had breast cancer. The analysis was part of the third phase of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study.

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Scientists discover interplay of yin-yang antagonists vital for cell division

Scientists discover interplay of yin-yang antagonists vital for cell division

Although mutated versions of the protein Cdh1 have not been found in cancers, the protein’s degradation at a key moment during the cell cycle may spur on cancerous cell division.

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Breast cancer researchers receive $2.5 million in Susan G. Komen grants

Breast cancer researchers receive $2.5 million in Susan G. Komen grants

Susan G. Komen has announced more than $2.5 million in grants for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. The organization, which funded eight grants for nearly $2.97 million to researchers in North Carolina, has a goal of reducing breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent across the next decade.

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Harnessing radiation to improve immunotherapy response in metastatic melanoma

Harnessing radiation to improve immunotherapy response in metastatic melanoma

Andrew Z. Wang, MD, a UNC Lineberger member and associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology, received an award from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to study a potential mechanism for improving immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma in the lungs.

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UNC Lineberger scientific retreat poster, speaker awards announced

UNC Lineberger scientific retreat poster, speaker awards announced

UNC Lineberger's 2016 Annual Scientific Retreat included a juried poster presentation with work presented by postdoctoral researchers, trainees and students.

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Sharpless outlines achievements, new initiatives in 2016 State of the Cancer Center address

Sharpless outlines achievements, new initiatives in 2016 State of the Cancer Center address

UNC Lineberger Director Norman Sharpless, MD, delivered the address as part of UNC Lineberger’s 2016 Annual Scientific Retreat, held Sept. 9 at the Carolina Club.

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UNC Lineberger spring developmental grants awarded, fall applications due Sept. 15

UNC Lineberger spring developmental grants awarded, fall applications due Sept. 15

Thirteen research teams will receive grants through the spring 2016 cycle of the UNC Lineberger Developmental Grants program. The deadline for applying for the next round of funding is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

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NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Research Program appoints Chung to Institutional Review Board

NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Research Program appoints Chung to Institutional Review Board

UNC Lineberger's Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi, will serve as an inaugural member of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program Institutional Review Board.

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Blood cancer treatment may age immune cells as much as 30 years

Blood cancer treatment may age immune cells as much as 30 years

Researchers led by UNC Lineberger Director Norman Sharpless, MD, and William Wood, MD, uncovered clues that suggest that stem cell transplant is linked to a marked increase in the “molecular age” of these immune cells in a group of patients with blood cancer.

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Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

In a paper published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association, UNC Lineberger physician-researchers led by Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, raised concerns that there are inconsistencies between the five reference guides, or compendia, that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services uses to determine which drugs it will reimburse for off-label uses in cancer care.

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Study finds links between physicians setting cancer care guidelines and drug industry

Study finds links between physicians setting cancer care guidelines and drug industry

UNC Lineberger researchers, led by Aaron Mitchell, MD, found a high prevalence of financial relationships among authors who helped develop a leading set of cancer care guidelines in the United States in a study published in JAMA Oncology. They say the work lays the foundation for future studies of whether the payments influenced clinical practice or guideline recommendations.

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Researchers use genetics to probe immune system’s role in fighting cancer

Researchers use genetics to probe immune system’s role in fighting cancer

Findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute show that immune cells do not respond the same way to all tumor types. The study, led by UNC Lineberger researcher Benjamin Vincent, MD, could lay the foundation for the discovery of biomarkers to determine which patients might respond to certain immune-stimulating cancer treatments.

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Majority of parents support HPV vaccination requirements for school, but only with opt-outs

Majority of parents support HPV vaccination requirements for school, but only with opt-outs

A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause.

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Sharpless elected to Association of American Cancer Institutes’ Board

Sharpless elected to Association of American Cancer Institutes’ Board

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Norman E. Sharpless, MD, has won election to the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ Board of Directors.

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On the hunt for genetic clues to breast cancers that spread to the brain

On the hunt for genetic clues to breast cancers that spread to the brain

UNC Lineberger researcher Carey Anders, MD, wants to understand why some breast cancers metastasize to the brain, and what drives them. She recently was awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant to study genetic features of breast cancer brain metastases to try to answer those questions.

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Heading outside? Be sun smart

Heading outside? Be sun smart

Before heading to the beach or the pool to cool down this summer, UNC Lineberger's Puneet Jolly reminds people to be mindful of their sun exposure and offers some simple sun safety tips.

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Graphic cigarette pack warnings linked to reductions in smoking behavior, analysis finds

Graphic cigarette pack warnings linked to reductions in smoking behavior, analysis finds

In the analysis published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Seth Noar found that cigarette smokers tried to quit more and smoked less overall when countries implemented new policies replacing text warnings with graphic images on cigarette packs or strengthened pack warnings in other ways.

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Gaps found in use of Herceptin to treat breast cancer

Gaps found in use of Herceptin to treat breast cancer

A potentially life-saving breast cancer treatment was part of the care plan for one Orange County woman, but UNC Lineberger researchers have found gaps in how the treatment is used nationwide.

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UNC among nation’s top-ranked cancer hospitals, first in North Carolina

UNC among nation’s top-ranked cancer hospitals, first in North Carolina

The N.C. Cancer Hospital, clinical home of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, continues to climb higher in U.S. News’ Best Hospitals rankings.

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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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Silverstein finds health, hope and freedom at UNC Lineberger

Silverstein finds health, hope and freedom at UNC Lineberger

When Beth Silverstein tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, she knew she had to make some tough decisions about her health. But she wasn't alone. Her faith, her family and her multi-disciplinary health care team at UNC Lineberger were with her every step of the way.

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Snuffing out illegal online tobacco sales to minors

Snuffing out illegal online tobacco sales to minors

Rebecca Williams, MHS, PhD, has studied the online sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products for nearly two decades. Through her research, including a recent paper in Tobacco Control, she has uncovered the ways the industry has gotten around government oversight, especially as it applies to sales to minors.

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Celebrating 40 years as an NCI-designated cancer center

Celebrating 40 years as an NCI-designated cancer center

In 1975, UNC Lineberger was named a "Designated Cancer Center" by the prestigious National Cancer Institute, a title that signifies we are an organization delivering high-level cancer care to patients throughout our community, state and nation. Most NCI-Designated Cancer Centers are affiliated with university medical centers, although several are freestanding centers that engage only in cancer research.

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Researchers launch breast cancer screening pilot in Malawi

Researchers launch breast cancer screening pilot in Malawi

Breast cancer was not a death sentence for Malawi native Maggie Zgambo. She survived cancer despite financial and other obstacles. She believes that her life was spared for a reason: to spread awareness. Maggie was one of four women to take part in the first breast cancer screening pilot study in Malawi launched by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and physicians.

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Using radiation, researchers selectively activate cancer drug

Using radiation, researchers selectively activate cancer drug

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Andrew Wang, MD, report in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics results from a study of using radiation to activate a new formulation of the drug mitomycin-C in colorectal cancer models.

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UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers

UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers

UNC Lineberger researcher Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH, and UNC Department of Family Medicine researcher Clare Meernik, MPH, write in a commentary published in the Annals of Family Medicine that existing treatments are more effective than e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking, there are professional ethics concerns about providers who recommend them and there is no strong evidence that e-cigarettes are safe.

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Olshan elected president of North America’s oldest epidemiology society

Olshan elected president of North America’s oldest epidemiology society

A leading expert in the molecular epidemiology of cancers of the head and neck and evaluation of risk factors for childhood cancer, Andrew Olshan, PhD, will serve as president-elect until next July, when he becomes president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

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Finding the Next Step

Finding the Next Step

UNC Lineberger researcher Blossom Damania, PhD, has built her research career tackling difficult questions in cancer and global health research. As she begins her new role as UNC School of Medicine vice dean for research, she’s considering one more: What’s next?

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Patient navigators look to connect health systems and communities

Patient navigators look to connect health systems and communities

The North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association’s annual meeting in Chapel Hill brought together nurses, patient navigators and community health workers to focus on building connections between health systems and communities for the patient’s benefit, said UNC Lineberger’s Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, the association’s president.

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Removing a brain tumor makes remaining cancer more aggressive

Removing a brain tumor makes remaining cancer more aggressive

A study led by UNC Lineberger member Shawn Hingtgen, PhD, has determined that removing a glioblastoma tumor from the brain causes any cancer left behind to grow much faster than the original tumor did. The findings from the Neuro-Oncology paper illustrate the effect of surgery on the brain and tumor and the need to rethink how to treat the disease differently after the surgery.

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UNC Lineberger hosts National Cancer Moonshot regional summit

UNC Lineberger hosts National Cancer Moonshot regional summit

Members from North Carolina’s three National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, together with care providers, researchers, advocates and patients from the state, met in Chapel Hill to be part of a national discussion on how to speed the pace of cancer discovery and clinical advances.

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Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three N.C. regions

Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three N.C. regions

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dr. William A. Wood found that for patients treated in a hospital, the risk of death from acute myeloid leukemia was elevated in three regions of the state compared to a benchmark.

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Cancer-causing virus mimics host signal to drive cell growth, protein production

Cancer-causing virus mimics host signal to drive cell growth, protein production

UNC Lineberger researcher Blossom Damania, PhD, postdoctoral researcher Aadra Bhatt, PhD, and colleagues have discovered a slick trick a virus uses to spur cancerous cell growth in its host: the virus initiates a signal that mimics one of the host cell’s own signals.

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Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

A study by UNC Lineberger researcher G. Greg Wang, PhD, and colleagues uncovered the genetic mechanism behind how acute myeloid leukemia cells with a specific DNA mutation stay as undifferentiated cells, rather than maturing into healthy blood cells.

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Racial disparities identified in some quality-of-life-oriented care for breast cancer patients

Racial disparities identified in some quality-of-life-oriented care for breast cancer patients

A study led by UNC Lineberger researchers determined that black women with advanced breast cancer were less likely to receive supportive care medications, like antidepressants and sleep aids, than white patients. They also were less likely to enroll in hospice care, and more likely to get intensive treatment at the end of their lives.

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Dusetzina to present to President’s Cancer Panel on cancer drug pricing and access

Dusetzina to present to President’s Cancer Panel on cancer drug pricing and access

UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, a researcher who investigates drug pricing and insurance policy issues, will present today to the President’s Cancer Panel, and advisory group to president.

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Researchers share study findings, expertise at national cancer meeting

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers were in Chicago June 3-7 for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

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Advanced cancer patients receive aggressive care at high rates at the end of life

Advanced cancer patients receive aggressive care at high rates at the end of life

A national health claims analysis of cancer patients who were younger than age 65 and had metastatic disease revealed that nearly two-thirds were admitted to the hospital or visited the emergency room in the last 30 days of their lives. The UNC Lineberger researchers, who presented the study outcomes at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, also found that nearly a third of patients died in the hospital.

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Pictures on cigarette packs, warning of smoking dangers, increased quit attempts among smokers

Pictures on cigarette packs, warning of smoking dangers, increased quit attempts among smokers

Noel T. Brewer, PhD, and his UNC Lineberger colleagues report in JAMA Internal Medicine findings from their study that demonstrated that attaching graphic warning images to cigarette packs increased smokers' attempts to quit.

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Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought sterile

Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought sterile

In a preliminary finding presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD, and Temitope Keku, PhD, revealed they have found bacteria in the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Researchers also uncovered a trend toward a distinct bacterial profile in women with ovarian cancer.

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Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

More than one-in-four cancer patients had to pay more for medical care than they could afford, according to a study led by UNC Lineberger researchers. A reported 18 percent were unable to afford their prescription medications. The findings were presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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Carey to co-chair national breast cancer clinical trials group

Carey to co-chair national breast cancer clinical trials group

UNC Lineberger member Lisa A. Carey, MD, has been appointed co-chair of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Breast Committee. The national organization is responsible for developing new trials, ensuring each project’s scientific excellence, operational efficiency and productivity, and promoting collaboration with other NCI-funded clinical trials groups.

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In all U.S. regions, broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

In all U.S. regions, broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including UNC Lineberger member Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and East Carolina University reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that in all nine regions of the country, a majority of adults supported increasing the minimum legal age for tobacco product sales. They also found the most support for increasing the minimum age to 21 rather than to 20 or 19.

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Sancar earns UNC Board of Governors’ highest faculty honor

Sancar earns UNC Board of Governors’ highest faculty honor

Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine was one of two distinguished professors to receive the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest faculty honor of the UNC Board of Governors.

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UNC Lineberger researcher to study cervical cancer screening tool through Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

UNC Lineberger researcher to study cervical cancer screening tool through Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

UNC Lineberger member Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, MPH, director of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and associate professor of epidemiology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project to determine the effectiveness of a urine-based, cervical cancer screening tool under a Grand Challenges Exploration Grant, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Researchers link gene expression patterns of normal tissue to breast cancer prognosis

Researchers link gene expression patterns of normal tissue to breast cancer prognosis

In the journal npj Breast Cancer, researchers led by UNC Lineberger member Melissa Troester, PhD, reported they identified a particular gene expression pattern in normal-appearing breast tissue around tumors that was linked to lower 10-year survival rates for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.

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C.A.R.E. Behind the Chair: Scalp melanoma webinar reaches hair stylists across North Carolina

C.A.R.E. Behind the Chair: Scalp melanoma webinar reaches hair stylists across North Carolina

More than 150 hair care professionals and health care providers from across North Carolina came together virtually for a webinar to discuss the topic of scalp melanoma. This event, which was broadcast live from Chapel Hill, was hosted by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Cancer Network.

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Damania named UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Research

Damania named UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Research

UNC Lineberger member Blossom Damania, PhD, the co-director of the UNC Lineberger Global Oncology Program and the UNC Lineberger Virology Program, has been named the new vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine. She will replace Terry Magnuson, PhD, who has been named the vice chancellor for research at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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UNC Lineberger members go to Washington to highlight importance of research funding

UNC Lineberger members go to Washington to highlight importance of research funding

Chad Ellis, PhD, Ben Major, PhD, and Anne-Marie Meyer, PhD, traveled to the U.S. Capitol to meet with members of the North Carolina congressional delegation and explain the impact of National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute funding on the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina and the country.

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UNC Cancer Care earns national accreditation with commendation

UNC Cancer Care earns national accreditation with commendation

UNC Hospitals' cancer program, whose flagship location is the N.C. Cancer Hospital, has earned national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, with commendation in three areas: clinical research accrual, reporting of outcomes and oncology nursing care.

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Promise of nearly a year of life on targeted drug not reality for all liver cancer patients

Promise of nearly a year of life on targeted drug not reality for all liver cancer patients

A study led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members Hanna Sanoff and Stacie Dusetzina found that the liver cancer drug sorafenib does not deliver on its promise of 11 months of longer life for some advanced liver patients, and can come with serious side effects and significant out-of-pocket costs.

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Leeza Park, MD: Caring for the whole person

Leeza Park, MD: Caring for the whole person

For Eliza “Leeza” Park, MD, caring for people with cancer is not just about the disease - it’s about the person.

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Scientists digitally mimic evolution to create novel proteins

Scientists digitally mimic evolution to create novel proteins

Published in the journal Science, a study by UNC School of Medicine researchers offers a new route to design the 'cellular machines' needed to understand and battle diseases.

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Saluting our oncology nurses

Saluting our oncology nurses

The week of May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. At the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital, we've got some of the best. Read this Q&A with Ashley Farmer, BSN, RN, OCN, patient services manager in the Adult Oncology Infusion Center at UNC Hospitals.

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Der lab finds promising drug to fight pancreatic cancer

Der lab finds promising drug to fight pancreatic cancer

In the lab of Channing Der, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, researchers believe they have found a promising strategy to target a type of pancreatic cancer that is notoriously resistant to treatment—pancreatic cancer that has a mutation in a gene called KRAS.

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UNC honors Earp for commitment to innovation

UNC honors Earp for commitment to innovation

Shelton Earp, MD, director of UNC Cancer Care and a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, was named Inventor of the Year by the Chancellor’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Targeting melanoma, lymphoma: Study finds investigational compound active against cancer driven by genetic mutation

Targeting melanoma, lymphoma: Study finds investigational compound active against cancer driven by genetic mutation

Norman Sharpless, MD, and colleagues reported in Nature Medicine findings from a preclinical study that demonstrated that a potential new drug effectively targeted a genetic mutation linked to melanoma and the most common form of lymphoma.

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Zeidner raises awareness for bone marrow donor needs with Superior Court Judge Fox

Zeidner raises awareness for bone marrow donor needs with Superior Court Judge Fox

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox hosted a “UNC Heroes” fundraising event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Sunday, April 24 in Carrboro, NC. Judge Fox was appointed as the first black District Attorney in North Carolina in 1984 and became Senior Superior Court Judge in 2005. He was diagnosed in 2015 with a type of blood cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome.

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Costs for orally-administered cancer drugs skyrocket

Costs for orally-administered cancer drugs skyrocket

A study, authored by UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, found that oral cancer drugs introduced in 2014 were, on average, six times more expensive than those introduced in the year 2000. The findings, published in JAMA Oncology, raised concerns as patients may increasingly take on the cost burden of those increases.

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‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

UNC Lineberger member Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, has called for a commitment to contribute resources and energy to control cancer in less-resourced countries where there are significant gaps in cancer awareness, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital Mammography receives $250,000 gift

N.C. Cancer Hospital Mammography receives $250,000 gift

More than 70 friends and loved ones of Dr. Minhthu Nguyen gathered at the N.C. Cancer Hospital on Friday, April 22 to celebrate her life and to participate in the dedication of the hospital’s Mammography Reception Area in her honor. Nguyen, a local dentist, passed away on September 8, 2015, following her courageous four-year battle against breast cancer.

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"Life is good, I'm alive and I can move!"

"Life is good, I'm alive and I can move!"

At age 47, Debra Jackson was diagnosed with stage I adrenal cancer. Dr. Jen Jen Yeh was able to surgically remove all of Debra's cancerous tumor, but was worried about her patient's overall health and ability to recover. Now, three years later, Debra has lost 175 pounds, and is living healthy, happy and cancer-free.

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Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

UNC Lineberger member, UNC School of Medicine professor and basic scientist Keith Burridge has conducted seminal research on the basic building blocks of cells for four decades.

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AACR 2016: Sequencing RNA in tumors could help improve cancer care, study finds

AACR 2016: Sequencing RNA in tumors could help improve cancer care, study finds

Sequencing a tumor's RNA in addition to its DNA makes it possible to better characterize the cancer’s mutations, reported Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting. This additional information, said Hayes, may help improve a cancer patient’s treatment.

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AACR 2016: Blood test could gauge treatment response for head and neck cancer patients, pilot study shows

AACR 2016: Blood test could gauge treatment response for head and neck cancer patients, pilot study shows

A potential new blood test is sensitive enough to detect changes in numbers of head and neck cancer cells circulating in the blood, a pilot study by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and collaborators has found. The findings from the study will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday, April 19.

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AACR 2016: UNC researchers identify promising strategy to stop an aggressive breast cancer type once it’s spread to the brain

AACR 2016: UNC researchers identify promising strategy to stop an aggressive breast cancer type once it’s spread to the brain

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a combination of investigational drugs that have been shown to be effective together at targeting triple negative breast cancer in the brain in preclinical studies. Their findings will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 19.

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AACR 2016: Increased saturated fat in diet linked to aggressive prostate cancer

AACR 2016: Increased saturated fat in diet linked to aggressive prostate cancer

A study by researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and other institutions found a link between higher intake of dietary saturated fat, a type of fat found commonly in foods such as fatty beef and cheese, and risk of aggressive prostate cancer. The preliminary results were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Monday, April 18.

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Researchers extract cancer cells’ ‘deadly secrets’ at UNC Lineberger symposium

Researchers extract cancer cells’ ‘deadly secrets’ at UNC Lineberger symposium

More than 440 people recently attended the 40th Annnual UNC Lineberger Scientific Symposium, which featured talks on treatments and ongoing research that target the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK and other signaling pathways in cancer.

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Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

A study led by UNC Lineberger researchers has found that for women who have had a false-positive mammogram result, their likelihood to get screened at recommended intervals depends on the timing of their last screen. Louise Henderson, PhD, will present the findings at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Monday, April 18.

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New study led by UNC Lineberger researchers explains why HIV is not cleared by the immune system

New study led by UNC Lineberger researchers explains why HIV is not cleared by the immune system

Jenny Ting, Ph.D. and her colleagues report research findings in Cell Host & Microbe that further explain the role of host proteins in viral replication and the innate immune response to HIV infection.

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Older women, especially blacks, receive targeted breast cancer treatment at low rates

Older women, especially blacks, receive targeted breast cancer treatment at low rates

Katherine Reeder-Hayes, MD, MBA, and her colleagues report that women age 66 and older who have HER2-positive breast cancer were less likely than younger women to be treated with trastuzumab (Herceptin), a proven, yet expensive, drug therapy.

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Studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

Studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer.

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Bill Schaller named director of communications and marketing

Bill Schaller named director of communications and marketing

Bill Schaller has been appointed director of communications and marketing at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective Feb. 22, 2016.

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New faces, new roles in UNC Lineberger administration

New faces, new roles in UNC Lineberger administration

UNC Lineberger has welcomed two new members to its administrative staff, Dominique Waters and Bill Schaller, and has expanded the responsibilities of two others, David Darr and Wendy Sarratt.

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40th annual scientific symposium to focus on targeted cancer treatments

40th annual scientific symposium to focus on targeted cancer treatments

UNC Lineberger's annual scientific symposium, “Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapies from Bench to Bedside,” will be held April 11-12 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Thanks to event supporters, attendance is free and the cost to for lunch is minimal at $16 per day. Registration is open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.

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Mayer, Rimer named to Cancer 'Moonshot' Blue Ribbon Panel

Mayer, Rimer named to Cancer 'Moonshot' Blue Ribbon Panel

Two UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members - Drs. Deborah Mayer and Barbara Rimer - have been honored with appointments to the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative's Blue Ribbon Panel. They will join a team of cancer experts to provide advice and vision in the implementation of the national program.

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Weight loss surgery beats diet at inhibiting breast cancer, study finds

Weight loss surgery beats diet at inhibiting breast cancer, study finds

Weight loss surgery was more effective than a low-fat diet at reversing the cancer-promoting effects of chronic obesity in mice, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers report in a new study. The preliminary findings will be presented April 18 at the 2016 American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

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It's the amount you lose, not the diet you're on, that matters in reversing cancer-obesity link

It's the amount you lose, not the diet you're on, that matters in reversing cancer-obesity link

Researchers with UNC Lineberger examined whether weight loss via four different diets was linked to reduced tumor growth in laboratory models of breast cancer. While tumor size did not differ between obese mice and obese mice that returned to a normal weight on a low-fat diet, they did find that obese mice that lost significant amounts of weight on three calorie-restricted diets had smaller tumors.

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Genetic differences for kidney cancer may contribute to survival disparity in African-Americans

Genetic differences for kidney cancer may contribute to survival disparity in African-Americans

A UNC Lineberger-led study has identified genetic differences in tumors of African-Americans with the most common type of kidney cancer compared with whites. The researchers, led by senior author Dr. William "Billy" Kim, say the findings could help explain lower survival rates for African-Americans with clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

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New compound is effective against drug-resistant leukemia, preclinical study finds

New compound is effective against drug-resistant leukemia, preclinical study finds

Researchers at UNC Lineberger and at other institutions developed a new potential treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. In the journal JCI Insight, they report that the compound MRX-2843 more than doubled the median days of survival in laboratory models with a drug-resistant form of the disease.

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UNC experts discover colorectal cancer biomarker, potential personalized treatment

UNC experts discover colorectal cancer biomarker, potential personalized treatment

In the journal Cell Reports, UNC Lineberger researchers reported they found markedly low levels of the protein NLRX1 in multiple laboratory models of colorectal cancer, and in samples of human tissue. Studies have shown that the protein is known to be involved in regulating immune system signals in order to prevent hyperactive inflammatory responses by the immune system, but UNC Lineberger researchers believe their finding also points to a role for the protein in preventing colorectal cancer growth. Based on their findings, they believe they’ve identified a potential treatment for colorectal cancer with low NLRX1.

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Researchers share stories of their drive to fight pancreatic cancer

Researchers share stories of their drive to fight pancreatic cancer

Kirsten Bryant, PhD, a cancer researcher and postdoctoral fellow at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Channing Der, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Pharmacology, shared personal stories of why they're driven to fight pancreatic cancer at a breakfast in Durham on Tuesday.

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Using new drug screening tool, UNC researchers identify potential treatments for Ewing sarcoma

Using new drug screening tool, UNC researchers identify potential treatments for Ewing sarcoma

In a first-of-its-kind-study, researchers have discovered and applied a new screening technique capable of testing thousands of potential drug compounds to see if those compounds can reverse abnormal DNA unwinding in Ewing sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer that’s most common in teens and young adults.

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UNC researchers make groundbreaking discovery, use skin cells to kill cancer

UNC researchers make groundbreaking discovery, use skin cells to kill cancer

A preclinical study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher found that skin cells turned cancer-killing stem cells hunt down and destroy the deadly remnants inevitably left behind when a brain tumor is surgically removed.

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Baldwin receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Baldwin receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Albert S. Baldwin, UNC Lineberger’s associate director of basic research and the William Rand Kenan Professor of Biology at UNC, will receive nearly $5.9 million across seven years as a recipient of the National Cancer Institute's Outstanding Investigator Award. He is the second UNC Lineberger researcher to receive the award behind Stephen Hursting, who is studying the link between obesity and cancer.

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VIDEO: Medical student, Green Beret, cancer survivor inspires at Lineberger Club Brunch

VIDEO: Medical student, Green Beret, cancer survivor inspires at Lineberger Club Brunch

Eric Strand, currently a student at the UNC School of Medicine, has quite a story to tell. The Green Beret medic -turned aspiring oncologist talked about second chances with attendees of the Lineberger Club Brunch and Basketball Game on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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Online e-cigarette searches number in the millions, but few focus on vaping health risk or quitting smoking

Online e-cigarette searches number in the millions, but few focus on vaping health risk or quitting smoking

A study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that Google searches about electronic cigarettes were more commonly related to shopping for e-cigarettes, while quitting smoking represented less than 1 percent of e-cigarette searches in each of 2013 and in 2014. The study’s senior author was Rebecca S. Williams, MHS, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member.

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Study finds different genetic mutation patterns for HPV-positive throat cancer patients based on smoking history

Study finds different genetic mutation patterns for HPV-positive throat cancer patients based on smoking history

Researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have presented preliminary findings from a study examining the genetic alterations in HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer of the head and neck. The researchers found differences in the genetic mutations of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer based on whether patients were heavy versus light smokers.

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Low-risk prostate cancer best managed with active surveillance

Low-risk prostate cancer best managed with active surveillance

UNC Lineberger researcher Dr. Ronald C. Chen was first-author of a report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that details guidelines for the active surveillance of men with low-risk prostate cancer. The guidelines, originally authored by Cancer Care Ontario, were reviewed and endorsed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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UNC experts talk ‘Cancer Moonshot’ with Vice President Biden

UNC experts talk ‘Cancer Moonshot’ with Vice President Biden

As part of the “Cancer Moonshot” federal initiative to spur breakthroughs in cancer research, Biden hosted a roundtable discussion on Wednesday at the Duke University School of Medicine that featured cancer experts and leaders from UNC. Among the experts chosen for the panel were Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, UNC Lineberger member and assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Niklaus Steiner, UNC-Chapel Hill professor and co-founder of the Chapel Hill-based Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, which supports adolescents and young adults with cancer.

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Advances in melanoma treatment focus of UNC conference

Advances in melanoma treatment focus of UNC conference

At the 10th Annual UNC Conference on Melanoma and Complex Skin Cancers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, experts in melanoma treatment presented advances in treating the disease on Thursday. The conference, held at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, drew dermatologists, surgeons, medical oncologists and other health care providers to hear presentations on topics ranging from immunotherapy drugs and targeted treatments for metastatic disease, radiation strategies, and chemotherapy to prevent skin cancer.

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Device hits pancreatic tumors hard with toxic four-drug cocktail, sparing the body

Device hits pancreatic tumors hard with toxic four-drug cocktail, sparing the body

A new implantable device delivers first-line treatment for pancreatic cancer directly to tumors, bypassing bloodstream and limiting widespread side effects. A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina including Drs. Jen Jen Yeh and Joseph DeSimone, has shown in preclinical research that the device can deliver a particularly toxic dose of drugs directly to pancreatic tumors to stunt their growth or, in some cases, shrink them. This approach would also spare the patient toxic side effects.

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Zika, emerging viruses focus of UNC virology seminar

Zika, emerging viruses focus of UNC virology seminar

Zika, the virus currently causing worldwide concern due to its alarming connection to a neurological birth disorder, was discussed as part of a presentation on emerging infectious diseases for the UNC Lineberger-led seminar series titled "Virology in Progress." Helen Lazear, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology, spoke about Zika and noted that experts know relatively little about the virus.

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Physicians issue advice, raise questions about evaluating blood in the urine as a cancer sign

Physicians issue advice, raise questions about evaluating blood in the urine as a cancer sign

A new report from the American College of Physicians’ High Value Care Task Force issues advice for physicians on how to detect and evaluate blood found in the urine, which is known as hematuria. The report, which was first-authored by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member Dr. Matthew Nielsen, also raises questions about the potential harms associated with diagnostic tests that are commonly employed to evaluate this condition.

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UNC Lineberger joins nation’s cancer centers in endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention

UNC Lineberger joins nation’s cancer centers in endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined 68 of the nation's top cancer centers in urging increased vaccination for the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Recognizing insufficient vaccination rates present a public health threat, this nationwide network of experts is calling upon physicians, parents and young adults to take advantage of this rare opportunity to prevent many types of cancer.

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Study finds need for improved end-of-life care for parents with terminal cancer

Study finds need for improved end-of-life care for parents with terminal cancer

Based on a survey of widowed fathers who had lost a spouse to cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers reported in the journal BMJ Palliative Care that additional research and improved end-of-life care are needed to specifically help dying parents as well as their families.

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Nanoparticle form of bone loss prevention drug effective against cancer, preclinical study finds

Nanoparticle form of bone loss prevention drug effective against cancer, preclinical study finds

A preclinical study led by a UNC Lineberger researcher found that a nanoparticle form of a drug used to prevent bone loss was effective against small-cell lung and prostate cancer cells. The results were published in the journal Biomaterials.

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NCI grants to bolster UNC Lineberger’s work to address cancer disparities

NCI grants to bolster UNC Lineberger’s work to address cancer disparities

UNC Lineberger was awarded a grant with the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center to support a collaborative effort to address disparities in cancer incidence and death across North and South Carolina and Tennessee. In addition, the cancer center has received a grant to support the work of a community health educator to enhance outreach and education, and to disseminate culturally-appropriate, evidence-based cancer information in North Carolina.

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Preclinical study finds no benefit for diabetes drug in pancreatic cancer

Preclinical study finds no benefit for diabetes drug in pancreatic cancer

UNC Lineberger researchers found in a study published in PLOS ONE that the diabetes drug metformin failed to show any benefit against pancreatic cancer, despite excitement about the drug for potential anti-cancer benefits. They believe the study shows the importance of testing new therapies in preclinical animal models that incorporate actual tumor tissue to better predict patient response.

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From Pastor to Patient: Shay Greene

From Pastor to Patient: Shay Greene

After years of providing spiritual guidance and counseling to UNC patients, many of whom had cancer, the tables turned on hospital chaplain Shay Greene. On Sept. 16, 2011, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Following a mastectomy, radiation, chemo and breast reconstruction, Greene says she was changed forever. Here, she tells the story of how a pen and paper became the tools that helped her move forward in her own faith and renewed her ministry to others who are going through cancer.

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Promising treatment direction revealed for pancreatic cancers driven by KRAS mutation

Promising treatment direction revealed for pancreatic cancers driven by KRAS mutation

In the journal Cancer Cell, UNC Lineberger researchers report findings of a promising strategy to treat KRAS-mutant pancreatic cancers. Preclinical studies showed promise for using a type of investigational drug that works by inhibiting the protein ERK, the last of a series of signals of a signaling pathway that drives drive abnormal growth of cells with KRAS mutations.

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Study finds gaps in patient knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

Study finds gaps in patient knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

Researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that breast cancer patients surveyed about their knowledge of breast reconstruction were only moderately informed about the procedure, and their knowledge of complications was low. The study, published in the journal Annals of Surgery, surveyed 126 breast cancer patients planning to undergo mastectomy at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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DeSimone to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

DeSimone to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Joseph DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of UNC Lineberger. He will be honored in a ceremony at the White House.

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Researchers identify DNA repair enzyme as potential brain cancer drug target

Researchers identify DNA repair enzyme as potential brain cancer drug target

In the journal Cell Reports, UNC Lineberger researchers report that when they removed Dicer from preclinical models of medulloblastoma, a common type of brain cancer in children, they found high levels of DNA damage in the cancer cells. The tumor cells were smaller, and also more sensitive to chemotherapy.

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Social networks as important as exercise and diet across the span of our lives

Social networks as important as exercise and diet across the span of our lives

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers show how social relationships reduce health risk in each stage of life in a new study. UNC Lineberger member Yang Claire Yang said the analysis "makes it clear that doctors, clinicians, and other health workers should redouble their efforts to help the public understand how important strong social bonds are throughout the course of all of our lives.”

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UNC Lineberger researchers reveal clues to breast cancer metastasis at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

UNC Lineberger researchers reveal clues to breast cancer metastasis at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Researchers and physicians from around the globe convened Dec. 8-12 for the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. UNC Lineberger researchers presented preliminary findings from studies focused on genomic clues to breast cancer metastasis, the link between obesity and cancer, and on the use of genetic sequencing to find targeted treatments for individual patients.

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Physicians, researchers share expertise at 2015 ASH Annual Meeting

Physicians, researchers share expertise at 2015 ASH Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger researchers presented clinical, preclinical and population-based research at the ASH Annual Meeting Dec. 5-7. They presented findings from a study evaluating a treatment for a type of chemotherapy-resistant lymphoma and from an investigation into that the rate of fertility counseling for young men with cancer.

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Sharing skills to save more lives in Malawi

Sharing skills to save more lives in Malawi

UNC Lineberger member and gynecologic oncologist Dr. Groesbeck Parham has worked in Zambia for the past 11 years and in Africa since 1985. Last year, he received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to build a cancer-related research platform between UNC sites in Zambia and Malawi. Now Parham has extended the reach of his program to Malawi, helping to train a physician there in radical hysterectomy to treat cervical cancer.

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Oral chemo still too expensive even after doughnut hole closes, study finds

Oral chemo still too expensive even after doughnut hole closes, study finds

Oral chemotherapy drugs are so expensive that they will be out of the financial reach of most Medicare patients even when the Part D doughnut hole closes in 2020, according to new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Lineberger speed-date leverages academic, clinical excellence from two campuses

UNC Lineberger speed-date leverages academic, clinical excellence from two campuses

UNC Lineberger hosted its second speed-date at the Pagano Conference Room to match biomedical engineers from the UNC & NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with surgeons from the UNC School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Competitors formed teams to pitch research ideas, with the top three teams winning grant awards.

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Dr. Ron Chen — An agent for change

Dr. Ron Chen — An agent for change

Ron Chen, MD, MPH, a physician-researcher at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and an associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology, made a decision as a college student that ultimately led him to his calling as a cancer physician and researcher.

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Liquid Metal ‘Nano-Terminators’ Target Cancer Cells

Liquid Metal ‘Nano-Terminators’ Target Cancer Cells

The new cancer drug delivery system developed by the UNC School of Medicine and North Carolina State University improves efficacy of standard chemotherapy for ovarian cancer in mice with limited toxicity.

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Despite awareness of health risks, young women continue using tanning beds

Despite awareness of health risks, young women continue using tanning beds

A survey of young women who use tanning beds found that despite being aware of the health risks associated with indoor tanning, they continue to take part in the activity, according to research conducted by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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False-Positive Mammograms May Indicate Increased Risk  of Breast Cancer Later

False-Positive Mammograms May Indicate Increased Risk of Breast Cancer Later

Women with a history of a false-positive mammogram result may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer for up to 10 years after the false-positive result, according to a study led by a UNC Lineberger researcher. The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Hursting receives National Cancer Institute's Outstanding Investigator Award

Hursting receives National Cancer Institute's Outstanding Investigator Award

Stephen Hursting, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, has received a prestigious National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award. Hursting is one of 43 researchers nationwide to receive the award, which will provide $5.34 million over a seven-year period to further research on the mechanistic links between obesity and cancer.

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Sancar awarded key to the city of Chapel Hill

Sancar awarded key to the city of Chapel Hill

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. A Chapel Hill resident since 1982, Dr. Sancar has been honored with a key to the city of Chapel Hill by Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and the town council.

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'Hats for Hope' bring soft hats, warm hearts

'Hats for Hope' bring soft hats, warm hearts

Elizabeth Stewart started "Hats for Hope," the Annual Charli’ Ramsey Hat Drive to honor the memory of her daughter, Charli’ Ramsey. She collects donated new and handmade hats, scarves, blankets and other items to deliver to patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Major headlines ACS-CAN research breakfast

Major headlines ACS-CAN research breakfast

UNC Lineberger member Ben Major, PhD discussed his American Cancer Society grant work on genetic mutation that occurs in 30 percent of all lung cancers, explaining how his research could result in new treatment therapies.

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Study finds Fitbits can be used to monitor symptoms in transplant patients

Study finds Fitbits can be used to monitor symptoms in transplant patients

UNC Lineberger researchers say the findings of a new study published in the journal Quality of Life Research indicate that activity trackers could be a useful tool for tracking symptoms and physical function. These trackers may be especially useful for patients who are not able to self-report symptoms using questionnaires because of language barriers, literacy, cognitive or health status.

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Researchers advance studies of ultrasound that can image cancer’s abnormal vessels

Researchers advance studies of ultrasound that can image cancer’s abnormal vessels

UNC Lineberger researchers are studying a new form of ultrasound that can image the abnormal blood vessels feeding tumors. In a new study, they used this ultrasound technique to show that the abnormal blood vessels feeding cancer tumors extend beyond the tumor borders.

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Study finds sizeable minority of physicians do not strongly endorse HPV vaccine

Study finds sizeable minority of physicians do not strongly endorse HPV vaccine

Researchers surveyed more than 700 pediatricians and family physicians about their recommendations for the HPV vaccine, finding that 27 percent did not strongly endorse the vaccine. The findings are significant as low uptake of HPV vaccination is contributing to a national crisis in cancer prevention, said UNC Lineberger researcher and study senior author Noel Brewer.

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Managing the late effects of cancer treatment discussed at 7th annual Coping with Cancer Symposium

Managing the late effects of cancer treatment discussed at 7th annual Coping with Cancer Symposium

North Carolina’s health care providers from across the state met in Chapel Hill on Friday, Oct. 30 for the 7th Annual Coping with Cancer Symposium hosted by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC Cancer Network and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

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Subgroup of women with HER-2-positive breast cancer highly sensitive to treatments, study finds

Subgroup of women with HER-2-positive breast cancer highly sensitive to treatments, study finds

A UNC Lineberger-led study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology identified a group of women with HER2 positive breast cancer who could benefit from less intensive targeted treatment

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UNC Lineberger, NCCU awarded grants for cancer research partnership

UNC Lineberger, NCCU awarded grants for cancer research partnership

UNC Lineberger and North Carolina Central University were awarded grants totaling more than $11 million for cancer research that addresses disparities in cancer incidence and death for African-Americans in North Carolina.

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UNC School of Medicine Names Inaugural Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

UNC School of Medicine Names Inaugural Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

The award, made possible through a donation from Lenovo chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang, recognizes the research achievements of young tenured faculty.

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UNC Cancer Care: Lifting Patients Up

UNC Cancer Care: Lifting Patients Up

In the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Hospitals, UNC Hospitals was nationally ranked in five of the 16 specialties. In this series by UNC School of Medicine, a closer look is taken at these specialties to learn more about what makes them so outstanding.

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Most HPV-positive head and neck cancer patients cancer-free with lower intensity chemo and radiation

Most HPV-positive head and neck cancer patients cancer-free with lower intensity chemo and radiation

A study led by a UNC Lineberger researcher found that lower doses of chemotherapy and radiation produced complete pathologic responses in 86 percent of a group of HPV-positive patients.

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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center receives $10 million commitment to support cancer research

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center receives $10 million commitment to support cancer research

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced a $10 million gift commitment to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from Ken and Cheryl Williams of Burlington, N.C. The couple has designated their gift for the Ken and Cheryl Williams Fund for Venture Initiatives at UNC Lineberger, the state’s only public comprehensive cancer center.

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Study by UNC Lineberger scientist details role of tumor suppressor

Study by UNC Lineberger scientist details role of tumor suppressor

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are working to better understand the cell-to-cell signaling that can cause precancerous polyps in the colon when signaling goes awry. In a study published in the open-access journal eLife, they describe the role of a key tumor suppressor protein called APC in helping to keep cells in the colon crypts from growing out of control.

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Tom and Nancy Chewning: Looking at cancer in a whole new light

Tom and Nancy Chewning: Looking at cancer in a whole new light

After Tom and Nancy Chewning's daughter, Wilson, was diagnosed with breast cancer, they began to research the best treatment options for her. Their search led them to UNC Lineberger and Dr. Lisa Carey. Now with Wilson cancer-free, the Chewnings are investing in the Dr. Lisa Carey Fund for Breast Cancer Innovations so that others may also benefit from the most cutting-edge breast cancer research and treatment.

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UNC Lineberger-led study finds higher vitamin D and calcium intake does not reduce colorectal polyp risk

UNC Lineberger-led study finds higher vitamin D and calcium intake does not reduce colorectal polyp risk

A UNC Lineberger-led study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vitamin D and calcium supplements do not reduce the risk of colorectal adenomas, which are benign tumors that can evolve into colorectal cancer.

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NCI global health director speaks on global cancer burden at lecture co-hosted by UNC Lineberger

NCI global health director speaks on global cancer burden at lecture co-hosted by UNC Lineberger

UNC Lineberger co-hosted Ted Trimble, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute, for the inaugural Global Oncology Lecture, held Oct. 1 at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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UNC Lineberger postdoctoral researchers honored at Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

UNC Lineberger postdoctoral researchers honored at Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

The 40th annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day drew approximately 150 people to the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on Sept. 30 for spoken presentations and a poster session by UNC Lineberger postdoctoral fellows.

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BYU's Coach Dave Rose recalls cancer journey at Roy Williams' Fast Break Against Cancer

BYU's Coach Dave Rose recalls cancer journey at Roy Williams' Fast Break Against Cancer

Tar Heel basketball Coach Roy Williams' 2015 "Fast Break Against Cancer" breakfast fundraiser featured Brigham Young University Men's Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose - also a pancreatic cancer survivor - as its keynote speaker. Now in it's 11th year, Fast Break Against Cancer has surpassed the $2 million mark for cancer research and treatment at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Genomic analysis paves way for personalized treatment of invasive lobular carcinoma

Genomic analysis paves way for personalized treatment of invasive lobular carcinoma

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers helped lead an effort by The Cancer Genome Atlas Network of researchers to map the genetic drivers of invasive lobular carcinoma, the second most commonly diagnosed invasive form of breast cancer. They found that this cancer type may be at least three different diseases that differ in their microenvironmental features and outcomes.

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Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar awarded 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Carolina scientist Aziz Sancar awarded 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, was a part of a team that mapped part of the DNA repair system that protects genes against cancer. Dr. Sancar shares the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other biochemists - Dr. Tomas Lindahl of the U.K. and Dr. Paul Modrich of Duke University.

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Researchers design ‘biological flashlight’ using light-producing ability of shrimp

Researchers design ‘biological flashlight’ using light-producing ability of shrimp

A UNC Lineberger researcher and his team describe the design and engineering of the new bioluminescent imaging tool called the “LumiFluor” in a study published in the journal Cancer Research.

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A Daughter's Calling

A Daughter's Calling

A science class captured Catherine Fahey’s imagination. A mother’s battle with cancer led her to pursue medicine as a career. At UNC, Fahey found a home at the junction of research and patient care.

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2015 Blue Ribbon Gala: An evening full of inspiration, hope

2015 Blue Ribbon Gala: An evening full of inspiration, hope

The air was alive with the spirit of celebration on Friday, Sept. 18, when nearly 400 cancer center supporters gathered at the Carolina Club for the 2nd UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Blue Ribbon Gala.

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UNC Lineberger researcher partnering to develop rapid oral HPV test

UNC Lineberger researcher partnering to develop rapid oral HPV test

A UNC Lineberger researcher is a co-investigator with Sunnyvale, Calif.,-based InSilixa Inc. for the development of a rapid oral HPV test.

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UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and eight other leading cancer research institutions have won a five-year, $12 million grant to try to find treatments for a group of cancers linked to mutations in the NF1 gene.

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Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from Norway visited UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to learn firsthand about UNCseq, a clinical trial launched in 2011 at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. In the trial, researchers use a profile of the genetic and molecular alterations in patients' tumors to try to identify targeted treatments for them.

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UNC Lineberger major grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

UNC Lineberger major grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

UNC Lineberger’s application for renewal of a major five-year, federal grant earned an "exceptional" rating from the National Cancer Institute. The rating is the highest that a cancer center can earn for the application.

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UNC-Chapel Hill to break new ground in health innovation by mapping potential drug targets and freely sharing discoveries with no strings attached

UNC-Chapel Hill to break new ground in health innovation by mapping potential drug targets and freely sharing discoveries with no strings attached

A new hub of the Structural Genomics Consortium housed at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy will encourage a widespread and unrestricted use of its findings to accelerate discovery of breakthrough medicines for diseases ranging from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s.

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Rallying for Research

Rallying for Research

UNC Lineberger researchers are among a group of UNC School of Medicine faculty members headed to Washington to rally for research.

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UNC-Chapel Hill researchers awarded $11.3 million for cancer nanotechnology research

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers awarded $11.3 million for cancer nanotechnology research

An $11.3 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund four studies by researchers with the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

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Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to-date

Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to-date

A UNC Lineberger-led study, published today in Nature Genetics, paves the way for potential personalized medicine approaches for the deadly cancer type.

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Sharpless reports on research, fundraising milestones at scientific retreat [VIDEO]

Sharpless reports on research, fundraising milestones at scientific retreat [VIDEO]

Norman E. Sharpless, MD, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center's director and the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research, delivered the State of the Cancer Center address at the 2015 UNC Lineberger Annual Scientific Retreat.

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Fellows, students recognized for top scientific posters at UNC Lineberger retreat

Fellows, students recognized for top scientific posters at UNC Lineberger retreat

Cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 were given for the best posters in each of the three categories presented at the 2015 UNC Lineberger Annual Scientific Retreat. Students and fellows who first-authored the studies presented were eligible for awards.

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Filling the gap

Filling the gap

In Malawi’s capital city, one pathologist has played an important role in speeding cancer diagnoses and supporting cancer research.

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Long-term, low dose aspirin use linked with lower colorectal cancer risk

Long-term, low dose aspirin use linked with lower colorectal cancer risk

In the population-based, case study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers led by Danish scientists honed in on the patterns of use of aspirin and NSAIDs needed for protection from colorectal cancer.

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Providing hope and healing through health

Providing hope and healing through health

Even in the midst of treatment, many cancer patients are finding that exercise helps them to feel better, both physically and emotionally. Through the Get Real & Heal program, UNC researchers are digging deeper into the science behind why moving more can make a positive impact on patients' overall health and well-being.

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Working wonders

Working wonders

UNC Lineberger member Frances Collichio, MD, was an investigator for a clinical trial for a treatment that uses a modified virus against melanoma. The treatment meant remission for Willis Davis, who had been diagnosed with stage IIIc melanoma in 2009.

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Uncovering disparities for women with gynecologic cancers

Uncovering disparities for women with gynecologic cancers

A study by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and collaborators found that women with gynecologic cancer who were enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare had worse outcomes compared with women enrolled in Medicare alone.

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Grant will support study of nanomaterials to improve cancer drug delivery

Grant will support study of nanomaterials to improve cancer drug delivery

A $2.4 million-grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund a collaborative research effort between UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Nebraska Medical Center scientists. The researchers plan to study whether the use of a drug-carrying nanoparticle material they've designed can better penetrate tumors.

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Comprehending Chemotaxis

Comprehending Chemotaxis

UNC Lineberger member James Bear, PhD, uncovers the intricate mechanisms that allow certain cells to move, discoveries with implications for cancer metastasis.

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Landmark study validates method for patient reporting of cancer drug-related adverse events

Landmark study validates method for patient reporting of cancer drug-related adverse events

In an article published in JAMA Oncology today, a study led by UNC Lineberger's Ethan Basch and colleagues shows that a system they developed accurately and reliably captures the patient experience with cancer drug side effects.

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"It's the wave of the future"

"It's the wave of the future"

Phineas was diagnosed with leukemia at age four and was not responding to the standard course of treatment. Thanks to the heroic efforts of UNC doctors, he was enrolled in a T-cell immunotherapy trial at NIH, which brought him into remission, and he is now cancer-free. UNC Lineberger is now bringing this same “wave of the future” treatment to the people of North Carolina.

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Rock stars for a day

Rock stars for a day

As a breast cancer survivor, Barbara Martin has established a tradition – walking 39 miles to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer – that has become very special to her. This challenge became even more special this year, as her mother and daughter were both by her side along the way.

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Sharpless featured in IBM podcast series highlighting innovators

Sharpless featured in IBM podcast series highlighting innovators

Each month, the technology company IBM releases a podcast called “Wild Ducks,” focusing on world-changing people and ideas. For the month of July, IBM came to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to learn about personalized medicine and meet their newest Wild Duck – Ned Sharpless, MD, UNC Lineberger Director and Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research at the UNC School of Medicine.

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Over 20 UNC Cancer Care doctors named to 2015 Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors list

Over 20 UNC Cancer Care doctors named to 2015 Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors list

Newsweek, in conjunction with Castle Connolly Medical LTD, has published its list of the “Top Cancer Doctors in the United States for 2015.” UNC Lineberger is proud to announce that 22 of those physicians listed are affiliated with UNC Cancer Care.

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