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“Corona Cares” contributes $150,000 to patients, families dealing with cancer

“Corona Cares” contributes $150,000 to patients, families dealing with cancer

Funds from the campaign will support programs that benefit patients and families receiving cancer treatment at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Promising new therapy in a smaller package

A new microbeam emitter developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by a team led by UNC Lineberger member Otto Zhou has the potential to bring a promising new form of radiation therapy into clinical use.

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Fast Break Against Cancer raises nearly $180,000 for cancer research and treatment

Coach Roy Williams’ 9th annual Fast Break Against Cancer kicks off basketball season with live auction breakfast event.

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From hospice volunteer to cancer doctor

From hospice volunteer to cancer doctor

Five questions for Ronald Chen, a James Woods Young Faculty Award recipient dedicated to bettering treatment for cancer patients.

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Giving cancer the boot at UNC football game

Football fans gave cancer “the boot” when the Tar Heels faced off with Boston College in Kenan Stadium

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Single Fathers Due to Cancer Google+ hangout set for Nov. 1

Single Fathers Due to Cancer Google+ hangout set for Nov. 1

Join UNC Health Care at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, Nov. 1, for a discussion of how fathers cope with the loss of their wife or partner, meet the demands of sole parenthood, and manage their children's grief.

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Half of prostate cancer patients in North Carolina do not receive multidisciplinary care

Half of prostate cancer patients in North Carolina do not receive multidisciplinary care

Only half of the men who receive a prostate cancer diagnosis consult with more than one type of physician before deciding on a course of treatment.

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Hatchell temporarily stepping away for health reasons

Sylvia Hatchell is temporarily stepping away from coaching due to a recent diagnosis of leukemia.

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UNC Men’s Basketball, Be The Match to kick off the season with cancer support

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus is buzzing with anticipation as the beginning of basketball season approaches this Friday, October 25. And the Tar Heels are kicking it off with support for UNC Lineberger.

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Cancer survivor launches CureCancerStarter.org

Cure Cancer Starter is a nonprofit site taking the Kickstarter approach to raising funds for much-needed research and clinical trials in the fight against cancer.

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University Gazette - Carolina’s capacity to prevent and treat cancer must continue to grow

University Gazette - Carolina’s capacity to prevent and treat cancer must continue to grow

Shelley Earp is not going anywhere, but at year’s end he will leave a position he has held for the past 16 years as director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Former Steelers Coach Bill Cowher to headline 2013 Fast Break Against Cancer

Cowher joins Coach Williams, his assistant coaches, and Woody Durham at this seated breakfast and one-of-a-kind live auction event later this month.

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Volunteer support teams effective for African American patients with advanced cancer

Volunteer support teams effective for African American patients with advanced cancer

Peer support interventions have traditionally and successfully been used to address health promotion and prevention, such as increasing cancer screening. UNC researchers have published the first study to examine whether enhancing the skills of community-based peer support can help people living with persistent and serious illness.

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Third Annual Pink Shamrock 5K honors the late Keith Amos

Over 100 physicians, nurses, staff, and patients from UNC and Rex formed the Famous Amos team for the Third Annual Pink Shamrock 5K in Raleigh, NC.

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Sell-out crowd kicks off Blue Ribbon Gala

UNC Lineberger kicked off its Blue Ribbon Gala on September 27, 2013, gathering more than 450 people to celebrate advancements in cancer care at UNC. The black-tie event raised more than $225,000 for UNC Lineberger.

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First Annual UNC Hematology/Oncology Retreat highlights division’s accomplishments

The UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology held its first annual retreat on September 6, 2013 at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill to discuss the academic mission and future goals of the division.

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UNC Lineberger announces 2013 Joseph S. Pagano Awards

UNC Lineberger announces 2013 Joseph S. Pagano Awards

Post-doctoral fellows Scott Rothbart, PhD; Gidi Shemer, PhD; and Angela Wahl, PhD, are the recipients of the Joseph S. Pagano Award for a paper by a postdoctoral fellow published in 2012.

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Physicians experience increased effort and uncertainty in cross-coverage of radiation oncology patients

Physicians experience increased effort and uncertainty in cross-coverage of radiation oncology patients

Radiation oncology physicians who encounter an unfamiliar case when cross covering for another physician experience higher levels of perceived workload and may perhaps also effects on performance, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina.

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Prostate cancer treatment delays onset of pain and quality of life deterioration in men with metastatic prostate cancer

Prostate cancer treatment delays onset of pain and quality of life deterioration in men with metastatic prostate cancer

Abiraterone acetate, a recently FDA-approved drug used to treat men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, significantly delays progression of pain and quality of life deterioration when taken in conjunction with prednisone.

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National Pink Heals Tour visits UNC

The national Pink Heals Tour visited UNC on Friday, September 20 with a fleet of pink fire trucks, a bus and emergency vehicles. Chapel Hill Fire Department, the host for the visit, brought their Carolina Blue fire truck.

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UNC Health Care to host live Facebook chat on newborn genome mapping

Dr. Cynthia Powell of N.C. Children's Hospital and Dr. Jonathan Berg of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will answer your questions in a live Facebook chat at noon (12 p.m.) Eastern time on Thursday, Sept. 26.

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Family House Diaries: Bill Clanton - When He Speaks, Pay Attention

An 82-year-old resident of Aurora, N.C., is referred to UNC Hospitals for treatment of a nasal cavity cancer in the post of tissue between his nostrils. A multidisciplinary treatment decision, the support of his family and a stay at SECU Family House see him through.

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UNC and Wake Forest awarded FDA, NIH grant to create Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communications

Although cigarette use has declined among Americans, regulators face the challenge of communicating the dangers of new tobacco products along with reaching smokers in diverse communities who may not respond to traditional forms of anti-tobacco communication. To address these issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that they are awarding a $19.4 million, five-year grant to fund a center at the University of North Carolina that will study issues related to tobacco prevention communication and regulation.

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Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory proclaimed September 13 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in North Carolina

The Honorable Pat McCrory Governor of the State of North Carolina, and First Lady Ann McCrory visited the North Carolina Children’s Hospital on September 13 to proclaim that day as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in North Carolina.

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real doctors, real people - Oliver Smithies

Dr. Oliver Smithies won the Nobel Prize for his research in gene modification. What you may not know is that since he was a child, he's been enthralled with flying.

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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center appoints two clinical research leadership positions

E. Claire Dees, MD, associate professor of medicine, and Peter Voorhees, MD, associate professor of medicine, have been appointed to leadership positions in UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Dees will serve as medical director of the Clinical Protocol Office and Dr. Voorhees will serve as chair of the Protocol Review Committee.

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Understanding multiple causes of racial disparities in breast cancer is essential

Racial disparities in the treatment and outcome of breast cancer patients arise from a combination of biological, social and financial causes. Understanding how these complex factors influence interactions between patients and the medical community is key to reducing the gaps in treatment and mortality between racial groups, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina.

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UNC partners with NIH to explore genomic testing for newborns

As the clinical use of genomic testing expands, the practical and ethical considerations of using the technology to screen newborns for genetic conditions will be the focus of a new study undertaken at the University of North Carolina.

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Real Nurses - John Collier

As a clinical nurse IV in the outpatient clinics of N.C. Cancer Hospital, Collier plays many roles from nurse manager to caring for patients. He's used to playing different roles though as he's been into drama and theater about as long as he's been in nursing

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Basch interview on patient-centered outcomes at CancerNetwork

Ethan Basch, MD, Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program at UNC Lineberger, discussed incorporating measurements of patient well-being into developing new treatments with CancerNetwork writer Anna Azvolinsky in an Aug. 28, 2013 podcast.

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Survey of adolescent males and their parents shows low HPV vaccination rates

Encouraging physicians to recommend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to adolescent boys and their parents - and educating the boys and their families about the importance of receiving the vaccine - are essential to reducing the cancers this virus can cause.

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Ollila appointed James H. and Jesse E. Millis Distinguished Professor

Ollila appointed James H. and Jesse E. Millis Distinguished Professor

David Ollila, MD, professor of surgery, has been appointed to the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Distinguished Professorship. The $1.5 million professorship was established by their son, William (Bill) Millis in honor of his parents, Jim and Jesse Millis of High Point, N.C.

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UNC Lineberger members awarded grants from N.C. Biotechnology Center

UNC Lineberger members awarded grants from N.C. Biotechnology Center

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded more than $460,000 in grants to support research and infrastructure needs of members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researching cancer and cell biology.

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Fredrickson - Genomic effects of happiness research in New York Times Magazine

An article in the New York Times Magazine profiled work by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Steven Cole, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, into the genomic effects of happiness.

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Charles Perou honored at the 2013 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award reception

On August 20, 2013, UNC Lineberger held a reception to honor Charles M. “Chuck” Perou, PhD, for his 2013 Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award.

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Katy Jones joins UNC Lineberger as director of communications and marketing

Katy Jones joins UNC Lineberger as director of communications and marketing

Katy Jones has been hired as director of communications and marketing for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective August 19, 2013.

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Dr. Norman Sharpless Appointed Director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

William Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, and CEO of University of North Carolina Health Care System, announces the appointment of Norman "Ned" Sharpless, MD, as director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective January 1, 2014.

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NCI Provocative Questions grants awarded to three at UNC Lineberger

NCI Provocative Questions grants awarded to three at UNC Lineberger

UNC Lineberger scientists Blossom Damania, PhD, Dirk Dittmer, PhD, and Liza Makowski, PhD, have been awarded two-year National Cancer Institute Provocative Questions grants.

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WRAL - Hatchell's blueberry patch helps fight cancer

"Scientists say blueberries powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins make them one of nature's top cancer fighters, two things that hit home for North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell."

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New study shows on balance that prostate cancer prevention drug appears to provide benefit

New study shows on balance that prostate cancer prevention drug appears to provide benefit

A team of researchers has published their analysis of survival rates among study participants in the 2003 Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial showing that the prostate drug finasteride does not decrease survival after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Their 2003 publication found that while the drug finasteride significantly reduced the risk of prostate cancer, it was associated with an increased risk of high-grade disease and possibly decreased survival.

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Dohlman lab identifies cellular distress signal

Dohlman lab identifies cellular distress signal

Like a toddler in need of a nap or a snack, the cells of our bodies can turn a bit sour under conditions of stress or nutrient deprivation. The pH levels inside these cells – starved, perhaps by a heart attack or other injury – have been known to drop dramatically in a cry for help.

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NIH and UNC Researchers Define Role of Protein Vinculin in Cell Movement

Researchers at the University of North Carolina and the National Institutes for Health have defined the role of the protein vinculin in enabling cell movement. In a paper published in the Journal of Cell Biology, Sharon Campbell, PhD, professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Clare Waterman of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health showed that cell mobility occurs through the interactions between the protein vinculin and the cytoskeletal lattice formed by the protein actin. By physically binding to the actin that makes up the cytoskeleton, vinculin operates as a form of molecular clutch transferring force and controlling cell motion.

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DeSimone microneedle patch featured in ScienceNews

A rapidly-dissolvable microneedle patch developed by a UNC team led by Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and director of the UNC Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience, and Technology and member of UNC Lineberger, allows for painless injections of medicine and vaccines.

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Goldstein profiled in The Journal of Cell Biology

Bob Goldstein, PhD, professor of biology, talks about his career and the promise of cell biology in a profile in the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology.

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Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happiness

Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research led by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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