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UNC Board of Trustees chair and cancer survivor Lowry Caudill headlines 28th Annual Lineberger Club event

UNC Board of Trustees chair and cancer survivor Lowry Caudill headlines 28th Annual Lineberger Club event

Nearly 300 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center supporters gathered at the Carolina Inn to hear the remarks of distinguished UNC alumnus Lowry Caudill, PhD, on January 24, 2015 during the 28th Annual Lineberger Club Lunch and Basketball Game.

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Basch calls for more data on prostate cancer detection technology benefits in JAMA editorial

Basch calls for more data on prostate cancer detection technology benefits in JAMA editorial

A UNC Lineberger researcher has pointed to a need for more data on whether new technology designed to better detect men at higher-risk for prostate cancer will also mean improvements in survival rates and symptoms.

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Her First Thought

Her First Thought

When a young woman receives a cancer diagnosis, her obvious first thought is “I want to survive this.” When that cancer diagnosis has an impact on her ability to have children, she has a second thought.

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UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

A study co-led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has identified genomic changes in head and neck cancers linked to the sexually transmitted disease HPV -- the latest finding of a collaborative scientific effort designed to map out the genomic changes driving cancer.

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Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

UNC geneticists create the first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma; show how a known drug can suppress tumor growth.

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Hoadley and Perou research featured in ASCO annual review

Hoadley and Perou research featured in ASCO annual review

Research led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members Katherine Hoadley, PhD, research assistant professor in genetics and Chuck Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology, was selected by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for inclusion in Clinical Cancer Advances 2015, the Society’s annual review of progress against cancer and emerging trends in the field. The study, a comprehensive tumor genetic analysis which revealed a new way of classifying cancers, is featured as one of the year’s major achievements in clinical cancer research and care.

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Gershon, Gama named 2015 recipients of Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award

Gershon, Gama named 2015 recipients of Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award

Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD, and Vivian Gama, PhD, have been announced as the 2015 recipients of the Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award.

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UNC Health Registry Partnership results in new research publications

UNC Health Registry Partnership results in new research publications

In partnership with clinical investigators in gynecologic oncology, the UNC Health Registry/Cancer Survivorship Cohort (HR/CSC) provided recruitment, data collection through patient interviews, and support for multiple publications.

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Breast cancer prevention drug benefit varies among at-risk women, study finds

Breast cancer prevention drug benefit varies among at-risk women, study finds

After weighing the risk of serious side effects with the benefits of a breast cancer prevention drug, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher found that the drug’s benefits outweighed risks for most, but not all women.

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Wang published in Nanoscale

Wang published in Nanoscale

Andrew Zhuang Wang, MD, of the UNC Lineberger Department of Radiation Oncology, was published in the journal Nanoscale. The paper, "Nanoparticle delivery of chemosensitizers improve chemotherapy efficacy without incurring additional toxicity," was accepted by the journal Jan. 4. Wang and other researchers demonstrated proof of the principle of using a nanoparticle formulation for drugs that improve the sensitivity of tumors to chemotherapy.

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Emily’s gifts

Emily’s gifts

Eight year old Emily McCann of Apex came to the N.C. Cancer Hospital at the end of December bearing gifts. She brought money to help meet the needs of pediatric cancer patients, but she also brought cheer, comfort and hope.

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Katy Sims

Katy Sims

When Katy Sims enters the first-year class at the UNC School of Medicine this fall, she will already have extensive medical experience. Her decision to become a doctor came as she was undergoing treatment for Ewing sarcoma, a type of childhood cancer.

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Richard Westin

Richard Westin

Most cancer patients jump up and down after finishing therapy, but Richard Westin did much more. He jumped out of an airplane on a skydive to celebrate completing his chemo and radiation therapies and now jumps into water taking scuba diving lessons.

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Lynn Latchford

Lynn Latchford

In early 2013, while pursuing a doctoral degree in theological anthropology at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, Lynn Latchford began to experience some puzzling symptoms. Routine academic tasks suddenly became difficult. Mental fogginess was accompanied by fatigue, weight gain and changes in her sense of smell, taste and hearing. Doctors attributed her symptoms to a chronic thyroid disorder and stress.

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Daniel Fischler

Daniel Fischler

Daniel Fischler remembers the call. “When a doctor calls you at 10:30 on a Friday night, it’s not going to be good news.” He had undergone an MRI for a herniated disc, but when the test revealed a shadow on his left bowel, a CT was ordered. Then came the call from his doctor. “He told me that it was very likely a tumor. I was knocked out, shocked by the bad news.”

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Tricia Prestia

Tricia Prestia

In 2011, Tricia Prestia was wearing a lot of hats. A wife, a mother and a busy women’s health nurse practitioner in Cary, Tricia drew on her training and experience as a cytologist - the person who studies cellular changes that may indicate cancer - in her nursing practice.

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Jim MacDonald

Jim MacDonald

Jim MacDonald used music to share his cancer experience. He co-wrote the song titled “Every Day is Christmas,” describing his two-week stay at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, shortly after he was diagnosed.

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Tomma Hargraves

Tomma Hargraves

Eight years after her diagnosis, lung cancer survivor Tomma Hargraves is training to become a lay navigator with UNC Lineberger, giving back to the hospital that she credits with saving her life.

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Sherdinia Thompson-Dunn

Sherdinia Thompson-Dunn

Leading an active life can help women treated for breast cancer live longer and healthier lives. Just ask Sherdinia Thompson-Dunn of Carrboro, NC. Thompson-Dunn, a 1967 graduate of UNC, found some pleasant surprises when she began a self-directed walking program in October 2013 following treatment for breast cancer.

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