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Less than 50 percent of eligible individuals tested for colorectal cancer

Less than 50 percent of eligible individuals tested for colorectal cancer

Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, and Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, published “Regional variation in colorectal cancer testing and geographic availability of care in a publicly insured population” in the journal Health and Place. The paper found that less than 50 percent of eligible individuals had evidence of colorectal (CRC) testing.

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Muss and Williams show geriatric assessments feasible in community clinics

Muss and Williams show geriatric assessments feasible in community clinics

Hyman Muss, MD, and Grant Williams, MD, published “Feasibility of geriatric assessment in community oncology clinics” in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology. The paper showed that performing a geriatric assessment in a community oncology clinic can be done in a similar timeframe as in an academic setting.

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Two UNC Members featured in Science Magazine

Two UNC Members featured in Science Magazine

UNC Lineberger members David Margolis, MD, and Ronald Swanstrom, PhDm were both recently published in the journal Science.

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Older Patients with Limited Life Expectancy Still Receive Cancer Screenings

Older Patients with Limited Life Expectancy Still Receive Cancer Screenings

A substantial number of older patients with limited life expectancy receive routine screenings for prostate, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer even though the procedures are unlikely to benefit them, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC Lineberger announces Developmental Research Award winners

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has awarded nine researchers with Developmental Research Awards to support their work in advancing the fields of clinical/translational and population science cancer research.

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UNC Cancer Care’s statewide multidisciplinary approach highlighted in Health Leaders Media

UNC Cancer Care’s statewide multidisciplinary approach highlighted in Health Leaders Media

A recent article published in the July/August 2014 issue of Health Leaders magazine focuses on some of UNC Lineberger’s strengths that rank it among the nation’s leading cancer centers.

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U.S. News article highlights nation’s top cancer centers, cites UNC Lineberger

A recent U.S. News & World Report article highlights the nation’s cancer centers, focusing especially on those that the National Cancer Institute has designated as comprehensive cancer centers, citing advantages of patients being seen at or referred to these sites, including advances in technology and collaboration.

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Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

Researchers with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network have completed the largest, most diverse tumor genetic analysis ever conducted, revealing a new approach to classifying cancers. The work, led by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other TCGA sites, not only revamps traditional ideas of how cancers are diagnosed and treated, but could also have a profound impact on the future landscape of drug development.

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Sellers co-authors book on Oncology Nurse Navigation

Sellers co-authors book on Oncology Nurse Navigation

Jean B. Sellers, RN, MSN has co-authored a chapter in the newly published book, Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum.

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Baker awarded NIH fellowship

Baker awarded NIH fellowship

Nicole Baker, graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology, and member of Channing Der's lab, is the recipient of an a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

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Genetic mutations linked to salivary gland tumors may point to new therapies

Genetic mutations linked to salivary gland tumors may point to new therapies

Faculty members at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and other institutions have discovered links between a set of genes known to promote tumor growth and mucoepidermoid carcinoma, an oral cancer that affects the salivary glands. The discovery could help physicians develop new treatments that target the cancer’s underlying genetic causes.

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Remembering Dr. Feng Liu

Remembering Dr. Feng Liu

Feng Liu, PhD, a research professor in the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics and UNC Lineberger member, died tragically Thursday, July 24, after being assaulted and robbed while walking in a neighborhood near campus. Liu was a dedicated colleague, educator and researcher focused on gene and drug delivery.

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UNC researchers discover how Hepatitis C virus persists for years

UNC researchers discover how Hepatitis C virus persists for years

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) lingers in the human body for years, slowly damaging the liver and leading to liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer, which is often fatal. Research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has discovered a mechanism that facilitates the virus achieving this life-long persistence. Chronic HCV infection is the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States.

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UNC jumps 5 slots in 2014–15 U.S. News & World Report cancer rankings

UNC jumps 5 slots in 2014–15 U.S. News & World Report cancer rankings

UNC Hospitals is nationally ranked in cancer, taking the number 38th spot in the country. The latest ranking is up from 43rd in 2013.

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Amelio joins UNC School of Dentistry, UNC Lineberger

Amelio joins UNC School of Dentistry, UNC Lineberger

Dr. Antonio (Tony) Amelio recently began his joint appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the UNC School of Dentistry and as associate member at UNC Lineberger.

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Wong appointed to NCI Gastrointestinal Steering Committee

Wong appointed to NCI Gastrointestinal Steering Committee

Terence Wong, MD, PhD, Director of Molecular Imaging and Medical Director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), will serve as a representative on the National Cancer Institute’s Gastrointestinal Steering Committee, formed to improve clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancer clinical research. Dr. Wong will represent the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, a clinical trial cooperative group.

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Kaufmann article chosen as Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Editor’s Choice

Kaufmann article chosen as Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Editor’s Choice

William K. Kaufmann, PhD, article on chromosomal mutations in melanoma has been chosen as the featured Editor’s Choice article in the journal Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis. The paper, which will be featured on the issue’s cover, was chosen because of the potential of the research to lead to new treatment approaches for melanoma.

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Muss leads Grand Rounds for JCO

Muss leads Grand Rounds for JCO

Hyman Muss, MD, director of the Geriatric Oncology Program at UNC Lineberger, published a Grand Rounds article on adjuvant chemotherapy for older women with breast cancer in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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TCGA announces molecular profile of lung adenocarcinoma

TCGA announces molecular profile of lung adenocarcinoma

The Cancer Genome Atlas has published a comprehensive genomic profile of the cancer lung adenocarcinoma, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, in the journal Nature. Members contributing to the paper include Neil Hayes, Matthew Wilkerson, Katherine Hoadley, Charles Perou, Joel Parker, Mei Huang, Kimryn Rathmell and others.

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Webster-Cyriaque named to Cancer Etiology Study Section

Webster-Cyriaque named to Cancer Etiology Study Section

Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, DDS, PhD, will serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Cancer Etiology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. The appointment will last until 2020.

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