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UNC scientist to study post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery decision making

UNC scientist to study post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery decision making

Chapel Hill - Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy is highly challenging for many patients. Clara Lee, MD, MPP, a UNC School of Medicine physician/scientist, has received a five-year grant award to examine patients’ decision-making process about reconstruction and the effects of reconstruction on quality of life and body image. The $862,700.00 career development award to the plastic and reconstructive surgeon is from the National Institutes of Health.

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Peer Connect Program trains survivors to “guide” patients and fellow survivors

Peer Connect provides training for cancer survivors who wish to "give back" by talking with or being a buddy to another patient or survivor. Peer Connect meets a need for more formalized training for the "guides" or peer counselors by teaching effective communication skills and strategies based on Motivational Interviewing (MI), which focuses on listening and meeting the needs of the recipient rather than giving advice or telling people what to do.

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Lawrence Marks, MD, appointed Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research

Lawrence Marks, MD, appointed Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research

Chapel Hill, NC – Lawrence B. Marks, MD, chairman of the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology, has been appointed the Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. The professorship, established by a $500K gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas, is named in honor of Mr. Loewenbaum’s grandfather, Dr. Sidney K. Simon.

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Powell Hammond selected as White House Fellow

Powell Hammond selected as White House Fellow

Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior and health education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows, the White House recently announced.

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McKenney among 17 nurses honored by local media

Susan McKenney, APRN, BC, MSN, OCN, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, has been selected by NBC 17, along with Chapel Hill and Durham magazines, as a Super 17 Nurse.

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Grants to fund research into improving bone marrow transplant complications, outcomes

Grants to fund research into improving bone marrow transplant complications, outcomes

Chapel Hill, NC – Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD, was recruited to UNC in 2009 with the help of the University Cancer Research Fund. Now she is a recipient of two grants that have helped establish her own laboratory to look into the causes of chronic Graft vs. Host Disease. Sarantopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Microbiology and Immunology and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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$100,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to fund childhood sarcoma research

$100,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to fund childhood sarcoma research

Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Raleigh-Durham Area Hyundai Dealers today awarded Ian Davis, MD, PhD, a $100,000 grant to support research into the causes of and treatments for pediatric sarcoma. Davis, assistant professor of pediatrics and genetics and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 71 recipients of Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ 2011 Hope Grant program, where $7.1 million will be awarded to support research and programs in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Free prostate cancer screenings offered at UNC Hospitals, Sept. 21-22

Free prostate cancer screenings offered at UNC Hospitals, Sept. 21-22

Men who are 40 years old or older, or who have a family history of prostate cancer, may make an appointment in advance by calling 919-966-1316. Walk-ins are also accepted.

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Cancer Conversations: a community monthly educational series for cancer patients and families

The UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program is sponsoring a monthly community educational series called “Cancer Conversations.” Featuring UNC physicians and others, the series is a time intended to help people learn from and talk with cancer experts. The sessions will be held the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: September 20, October 18, November 15 (no session in December).

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St. Baldrick’s Foundation announces $330,000 grant to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

St. Baldrick’s Foundation announces $330,000 grant to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. It takes life-saving research to Conquer Kids’ Cancer! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a $330,000 St. Baldrick’s Scholar award to Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, and assistant professor of neurology at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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UNC study shows potential for nanotechnology-based therapy for ovarian cancer

UNC study shows potential for nanotechnology-based therapy for ovarian cancer

Chapel Hill - A UNC-led study has shown the potential for nanotechnology therapy for ovarian cancer. Scientists at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke University Medical Center conducted a preclinical study using nanoparticle technology to deliver doses of chemo- and radiotherapy that specifically targeted metastasized ovarian cancer cells, eradicating the cancer and lessening the toxicities often associated with the treatment.

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Causes of African-American breast cancer incidence study receives $19.3M: UNC partners to form largest US database

Chapel Hill - UNC scientist Robert Millikan will partner with Christine Ambrosone, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Julie R. Palmer, of Boston University, in the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women.

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USA Today looks at pancreatic cancer, Goldberg quoted

USA Today looks at pancreatic cancer, Goldberg quoted

Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, is quoted in the Health section of USA Today's website.

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V Foundation grant supports local cancer research

A grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research is helping to fund skin cancer research at UNC Lineberger.

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Oncology nurse Delma Armstrong recognized for her patient care

Oncology nurse Delma Armstrong recognized for her patient care

Each month the Patient Resource Cancer Guide recognizes an oncology nurse who exhibits dedication and compassion for his/her patients and profession - Delma Armstrong, BSN, RN, OCN, is the featured oncology nurse for June 2011.

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Working on workplace wellness, Linnan featured in an expert interview

Working on workplace wellness, Linnan featured in an expert interview

An expert interview with Laura Linnan, ScD, CHES, is featured in News & Views, a publication of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).

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Charles Perou, PhD, appointed May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professorship of Molecular Oncology Research

Charles Perou, PhD, appointed May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professorship of Molecular Oncology Research

Chapel Hill, NC – Charles M. Perou, PhD, professor of genetics, and pathology & laboratory medicine, and leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center breast cancer research program has been appointed the May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professor of Molecular Oncology Research. The professorship, established by a $1 million gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas is named in honor of Mrs. Lowenbaum’s mother, May Goldman Shaw.

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Single fatherhood due to cancer, UNC faculty offer support

Single fatherhood due to cancer, UNC faculty offer support

Cancer is a leading cause of widowed fatherhood in the United States. Faculty with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program authored a commentary titled “Single Fatherhood Due to Cancer” in the August issue of the journal Psycho-Oncology outlining challenges these fathers face and future directions to develop supportive interventions for them and their children.

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New UNC Cancer Care commercials now airing

New television ads for UNC Cancer Care are now airing. As we launch the UNC Cancer Care brand, we hope these ads reflect a little bit of what our outstanding clinical care programs are all about. Be sure to look for them on television! The ads can also be viewed below.

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Molecular delivery truck serves gene therapy cocktail

Molecular delivery truck serves gene therapy cocktail

CHAPEL HILL, NC – In a kind of molecular gymnastics, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have devised a gene therapy cocktail that has the potential to treat some inherited diseases associated with “misfolded” proteins.

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UNC scientist to partner on nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer

UNC scientist to partner on nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer

Chapel Hill - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Joseph DeSimone, PhD, will partner with scientists at two universities and a local biotechnology company to develop a nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation awarded the UNC-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard-Johns Hopkins-Liquidia Technologies consortium a Challenge Award of $1 million, one of ten such awards funded by the organization.

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Breaking down blood clots, Moll quoted

Breaking down blood clots, Moll quoted

Stephan Moll, MD, is quoted in an article titled "Blood Clots Pose Threat to All of Us," published today on Fox Business' website.

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Welcome the 2011 radiation oncology residents

Welcome the 2011 radiation oncology residents

Six new residents have begun their training with the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology.

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