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UNC Lineberger hosts Kidney Cancer Association Patient and Survivor Conference

UNC Lineberger hosts Kidney Cancer Association Patient and Survivor Conference

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center hosted the Kidney Cancer Association Patient and Survivor Conference at the William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Attendees from New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina gathered to hear presentations on topics such as managing treatment, new therapies and navigating the health care system.

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Beating cancer shouldn’t mean the end of care

Beating cancer shouldn’t mean the end of care

Deborah Mayer, Ph.D., R.N., AOCN, FAAN, Professor at the School of Nursing, Director of Cancer Survivorship at UNC Lineberger, is a national pioneer on research in cancer survivorship. Her work sheds light on the best ways to monitor and manage care for cancer survivors long after diagnosis and treatment. She is a staunch advocate for serving patients' needs and the importance of good communication.

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Pecot named one of only two ACS Mentored Research Scholar awardees

Pecot named one of only two ACS Mentored Research Scholar awardees

Chad Pecot, MD, assistant professor in hematology and oncology, has received a Mentored Research Scholar Award in Applied and Clinical Research from the American Cancer Society (ACS). Dr. Pecot is one of only two recipients in the United States to receive the award.

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Free legal help for those who need it most

Free legal help for those who need it most

The UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project allows law students, working under the supervision of volunteer attorneys, to draw up advance directives for cancer patients, for free. Originally designed as a joint program with Duke, Carolina’s student-run program has grown so much that it operates independently now, with the help of Legal Aid of North Carolina Inc. and about 35 volunteer attorneys.

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UNC Lineberger members present at 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

UNC Lineberger members present at 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

UNC Lineberger members Lisa Carey, MD, Chuck Perou, PhD, Hyman Muss, MD, Carey Anders, MD, and Katherine Hoadley, PhD will present at leading breast cancer research symposium.

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Ahmed lab published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Ahmed lab published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Former Postdoctoral fellow Aisa Sakaguchi, PhD (University of Gunma, Japan), graduate student Matt Simon (Ahmed lab), and Peter Sarkies, PhD are first authors for this study, which focuses on small RNA-mediated silencing & transgenerational fertility. UNC Lineberger member Shawn Ahmed, PhD and Eric Miska, PhD from the University of Cambridge are senior authors.

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Walker wins Lymphoma Research Foundation award

Walker wins Lymphoma Research Foundation award

Dr. Matthew Walker, a postdoctoral fellow in the Major Lab, was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Lymphoma Research Foundation. The two-year award provides $105,000 to support research on the role of Wnt signaling in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital nurse selected as recipient of national leadership award

N.C. Cancer Hospital nurse selected as recipient of national leadership award

AnnMarie Walton, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES, PhD candidate, an oncology nurse at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, who has made extraordinary efforts to improve the health and lives of agricultural workers and health care providers has been recognized as one of the 10 recipients of the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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UNC Lineberger members presenting at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger members presenting at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Several UNC Lineberger members and UNC School of Medicine faculty presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Francisco last week. With more than 15,000 members from nearly 100 countries, ASH is the world's largest professional society serving clinicians and scientists around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases. The 56th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition is the premier event in malignant and non-malignant hematology.

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UNC Lineberger members presenting at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger members presenting at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Several UNC Lineberger members and UNC School of Medicine faculty presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Francisco last week. With more than 15,000 members from nearly 100 countries, ASH is the world's largest professional society serving clinicians and scientists around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases. The 56th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition is the premier event in malignant and non-malignant hematology.

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Marks delivers Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology at RSNA annual meeting

Marks delivers Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology at RSNA annual meeting

UNC Lineberger's Dr. Larry Marks, chair of the department of radiation oncology at the UNC School of Medicine, delivered the Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting yesterday, speaking to the strengths - as well as the limitations - to the amazing advancements in medical imaging.

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Ting ranks second in the nation for NIH funding in microbiology

Ting ranks second in the nation for NIH funding in microbiology

Jenny Ting, PhD, William Rand Kenan Professor in UNC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and member of the UNC Lineberger, ranks second in the nation in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding in the field of microbiology.

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Carey named newly elected member of ASCO Nominating Committee

Carey named newly elected member of ASCO Nominating Committee

Lisa Carey, MD, medical director of the UNC Breast Center, division chief of hematology and oncology at the UNC School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, has been named to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Nominating Committee. An ASCO member since 1997, Carey will serve a three-year term on the committee.

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Hats for Hope Charli’ Ramsey Hat Drive benefits patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital

Hats for Hope Charli’ Ramsey Hat Drive benefits patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital

Since 2009, Elizabeth Stewart has honored the memory of her daughter Charli’ Ramsey with an annual hat drive for pediatric oncology patients and bone marrow transplant patients at UNC Lineberger. Charli’ was treated for leukemia at UNC before she passed away in 2001 at the age of nine. Over the years, the effort has expanded to include not just hats but pillowcases, blankets and scarves: all items that provide comfort and a measure of happiness to patients in treatment.

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UNC researchers pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells

UNC researchers pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells

UNC Lineberger members and UNC School of Medicine researchers have found for the first time a biochemical mechanism that could be a cause of “chemo brain” – the neurological side effects such as memory loss, confusion, difficulty thinking, and trouble concentrating that many cancer patients experience while on chemotherapy to treat tumors in other parts of the body.

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Ahmed lab published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Former Postdoctoral fellow Aisa Sakaguchi, PhD (University of Gunma, Japan), graduate student Matt Simon (Ahmed lab), and Peter Sarkies, PhD are first authors for this study, which focuses on small RNA-mediated silencing & transgenerational fertility. UNC Lineberger member Shawn Ahmed, PhD and Eric Miska, PhD from the University of Cambridge are senior authors.

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Ewend receives Fuller Award

Ewend receives Fuller Award

Matthew G. Ewend, MD, FACS, Van L. Weatherspoon, Jr. Eminent Distinguished Professor and Chair, UNC Department of Neurosurgery and UNC Lineberger member, has been awarded this year’s H. Fleming Fuller Award.

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Team of UNC Lineberger researchers published in Cancer

A team of researchers from UNC Lineberger and the University of California, Los Angeles published a paper in the current issue of Cancer, entitled “Provider-based research networks and diffusion of surgical technologies among patients with early-stage kidney cancer.” This study is the latest in a series from Lineberger researchers examining the impact of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) as a potential facilitator for the dissemination of innovative cancer care practices into the broader community.

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Dittmer lab research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Dittmer lab research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Dongmei Yang and Wuguo Chen in the Dittmer lab report X-chromosome targeted sequencing, which identified a mutation in IRAK1 kinase as a common driver of a viral lymphoma in the Nov 4 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This represent a novel target for directed therapy against this cancer

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Smith and Milowsky publish JCO editorial

Smith and Milowsky publish JCO editorial

Angela Smith, MD MS and Matthew Milowsky, MD have published an editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology entitled “Is Extending surveillance guidelines for renal cell carcinoma without understanding patient outcomes putting the cart before the horse?” The editorial accompanies an article which evaluates the ability of current surveillance guidelines to capture RCC recurrences and assesses the duration of surveillance required to capture 90-100% of recurrences. Drs. Smith and Milowsky discuss whether modifying existing surveillance guidelines is warranted and highlight several considerations including the generalizability of results, current characterization of low- and high-risk RCC, and future role of genomics in improving risk stratification and design of surveillance guidelines.

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