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Lucky 13 to bike across country to raise money for UNC Lineberger

Lucky 13 to bike across country to raise money for UNC Lineberger

Ten area teens will pedal with purpose this summer, riding some 3,700 miles over a 10-week period, from Maryland to Oregon. The group, dubbed “Lucky 13,” a play on the year “2013,” aims to raise $30,000 for UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a portion on the money going directly to serve pediatric cancer patients.

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UNC Lineberger members present at 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger members present at 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting

More than 15 members and associates of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center presented their work to the attendees at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.

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Pignone - Eligibility for aspirin for primary prevention in men increases when cancer mortality benefit added

Pignone - Eligibility for aspirin for primary prevention in men increases when cancer mortality benefit added

While aspirin has been shown to be effective in preventing heart attacks in men, it also increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and possibly stroke, even at low doses. As such, national guidelines suggest that aspirin be used for prevention only in men at higher risk for cardiovascular events, so that the benefits of aspirin are greater than its adverse effects.

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UNC Lineberger's 2013 Scientific Retreat features "TED talks"

UNC Lineberger's 2013 Scientific Retreat features "TED talks"

More than 200 faculty, students and fellows gathered at the Carolina Club to hear ten-minute "TED talks" by 11 faculty recently recruited to UNC.

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UNC to test interventions aimed at reducing colon cancer screening disparities

UNC to test interventions aimed at reducing colon cancer screening disparities

The study will focus on assessing the impact of a clinic-based intervention that includes having patients view a multimedia decision aid (in English or Spanish) before seeing their physician, as well as support from a bilingual patient “navigator” on completion of recommended colon cancer screening tests.

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Anders video interview on fertility preservation for female cancer patients

Dr. Carey Anders, MD, assistant professor of medicine, was interviewed in a new video on fertility preservation for female cancer patients produced by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The video, titled “Discussing Fertility Preservation with Women,” was released in conjunction with ASCO updated guidelines and was shown at the 2013 ASCO annual meeting.

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The value of randomized clinical trials in radiation oncology clinical practice

The value of randomized clinical trials in radiation oncology clinical practice

Cancer patients, physicians and insurers want to be sure that whatever therapy is recommended and provided to patients is based on evidence, preferably results from randomized clinical trials. But are there enough clinical trials data to provide this level of confidence?

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UNC scientists identify possible KRAS downstream target for pancreatic cancer therapy

UNC scientists identify possible KRAS downstream target for pancreatic cancer therapy

While the mutated KRAS oncogene is associated with many cancers, it has not yet been successfully targeted by a therapeutic agent. Scientists are trying to find another way to target the gene by blocking signals from another protein downstream.

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Wan - GATA-3 Is Important for the Regulation and Maintenance of the Immune System

The protein GATA-3 plays an important role in mammalian immune response, but its overall function in cell development and cancer formation is not well understood. In an effort to further define the importance of GATA-3, researchers at the University of North Carolina have traced how the protein performs important functions in CD8+T-cell type of the immune system.

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Smith - Worldwide cervical cancer prevention initiative announced at Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia

Cervical cancer kills an estimated 275,000 women each year, and most of these deaths could be prevented with prophylactic HPV vaccination, routine cervical cancer screening and continuity to treatment. At the Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, delegates and experts from around the world announced a global call to action to combat this preventable disease through collaboration with and information sharing by the world’s governments and health agencies on May 27, 2013.

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