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UNC Lineberger’s Mayer recognized by Oncology Nursing Society

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Director of Cancer Survivorship Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, has been recognized for her commitment to the Oncology Nursing Society and to the community as a whole.

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New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

Two new faculty members have joined the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help launch groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials that will test an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer.

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Researchers explore roots of breast cancer disparities at symposium

Researchers explore roots of breast cancer disparities at symposium

A symposium co-sponsored by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center brought leading breast cancer researchers together Friday to share findings about the genetic and environmental factors driving disparities in the disease’s incidence and mortality.

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UNC Lineberger researchers to study prostate cancer treatment side effects, survival outcomes

UNC Lineberger researchers to study prostate cancer treatment side effects, survival outcomes

The use of robot-assisted surgery and modern radiation techniques have been rapidly adopted as treatments for prostate cancer, but a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is asking what the newer technologies will mean in terms of side effects and outcomes for patients in the long-term.

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Perou recognized as health care innovator, awarded Triangle Business Journal honor

Perou recognized as health care innovator, awarded Triangle Business Journal honor

Charles M. Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the basic science leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research Program, has been acknowledged as a health care innovator by the Triangle Business Journal. During an awards ceremony on Thursday, Perou was selected from a pool of candidates as the finalist in the 2015 TBJ Health Care Heroes – Innovator category.

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Melissa Troester, PhD – Team Science at its Best

Melissa Troester, PhD – Team Science at its Best

UNC Lineberger member Melissa Troester, PhD, values a team approach in her work and her personal life. As co-leader of the cancer center’s Cancer Epidemiology Program, Troester’s work is an important part of UNC Lineberger’s interdisciplinary research on the causes of breast cancer and the translational research on strategies of prevention, treatment and cure.

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Melissa Troester, PhD – Team Science at its Best

Melissa Troester, PhD – Team Science at its Best

UNC Lineberger member Melissa Troester, PhD, values a team approach in her work and her personal life. As co-leader of the cancer center’s Cancer Epidemiology Program, Troester’s work is an important part of UNC Lineberger’s interdisciplinary research on the causes of breast cancer and the translational research on strategies of prevention, treatment and cure.

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Lowry Caudill

Lowry Caudill

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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Ashley Burnette

Ashley Burnette

Ashley Burnette is an 11-year-old cancer survivor and Patient Ambassador at the North Carolina Children's Hospital. On August 27th of 2010, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma and later was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All along the way, she never stopped smiling.

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NC Cancer Hospital hosts ‘Strollin’ Colon’ to raise colorectal cancer awareness

NC Cancer Hospital hosts ‘Strollin’ Colon’ to raise colorectal cancer awareness

While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it. To help inform people about colorectal cancer risks and symptoms as well as the benefits of screening, the N.C. Cancer Hospital hosted a public outreach event last Thursday and Friday.

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UNC Lineberger’s Muss honored as exemplary cancer caregiver

UNC Lineberger’s Muss honored as exemplary cancer caregiver

The American Cancer Society has honored Hyman B. Muss, MD, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Geriatric Oncology Program, with a prestigious national award that recognizes providers who show compassion and dedication beyond the call of duty.

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Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.

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Rising thyroid cancer rate linked to more testing, UNC-led study finds

Rising thyroid cancer rate linked to more testing, UNC-led study finds

A dramatic increase in the thyroid cancer rate across the last 30 years has researchers asking whether the disease’s incidence is truly on the rise, or if improved detection methods are behind the trend.

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Wang published in Biomaterials

Wang published in Biomaterials

A study by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Andrew Wang, MD, has been published in the journal Biomaterials. The study found that a nanoparticle formulation of histone deacetylase inhibitors is more effective in sensitizing solid tumor cells to radiation than small-molecule formations of the drug.

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UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

Hepatitis C virus infection is a common cause of liver disease and of liver cancer in the United States. Through a new study that explores one aspect of how the virus hijacks host cell machinery to replicate itself, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have gained insight into the workings of a potential drug target for hepatitis C.

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Nathan Ladd

Nathan Ladd

Nathan Ladd thought he had sprained a groin muscle during his work with the Currituck Golf Club in Corolla, NC in May of 2006. Ice and Ibuprofen didn’t relieve the pain, and the 28-year-old noticed that his testicle was swollen and hard, so he went to a doctor.

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Carol Enarson

Carol Enarson

When former school nurse Carol Enarson of Chapel Hill learned she had melanoma, she was shocked. After all, as a school nurse at Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) in Winston-Salem she had developed innovative sun safety programs for elementary school students. “It is best to teach sun safety early on and before they start thinking about tanning beds,” she says.

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Pam Kubacki

Pam Kubacki

Pam Kubacki says her survival is a miracle. In 1999 she underwent surgery to repair a hernia. Her doctor found problematic tissue during the procedure. After testing she was told that the tissue was not cancerous.

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