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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 was an exciting year for UNC Lineberger. Check out this graphic that shows what amazing progress you helped us make over the last 12 months - by the numbers.
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member Jim Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine and director of clinical cancer genetics, has co-authored a commentary on proposed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of genetic testing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Carolina legend Danny Talbott performed at the highest level on both the football field and baseball diamond during his years as a Tar Heel. Since 2010, he’s been back in Chapel Hill, battling the toughest opponent he’s faced: multiple myeloma. He can’t imagine going anywhere else to do it.
Ebix, Inc., today announced that the annual Ebix Charity Challenge, will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 7, 2015. All proceeds from the 5th Annual Ebix Charity Challenge will benefit the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where America No. 1 John Isner’s mother, Karen, was successfully treated during her two battles with colon cancer.
The Duke Endowment awards $461,750 grant to UNC Lineberger’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.
Researchers look at area around tumors to help personalize treatment for triple-negative breast cancer
Eight year old Emily McCann of Apex came to the N.C. Cancer Hospital at the end of December bearing gifts. She brought money to help meet the needs of pediatric cancer patients, but she also brought cheer, comfort and hope.
After weighing the risk of serious side effects with the benefits of a breast cancer prevention drug, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher found that the drug’s benefits outweighed risks for most, but not all women.
Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD, and Vivian Gama, PhD, have been announced as the 2015 recipients of the Weatherspoon Family Brain Tumor Research Award.
Research led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members Katherine Hoadley, PhD, research assistant professor in genetics and Chuck Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology, was selected by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for inclusion in Clinical Cancer Advances 2015, the Society’s annual review of progress against cancer and emerging trends in the field. The study, a comprehensive tumor genetic analysis which revealed a new way of classifying cancers, is featured as one of the year’s major achievements in clinical cancer research and care.
UNC geneticists create the first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma; show how a known drug can suppress tumor growth.
UNC Board of Trustees chair and cancer survivor Lowry Caudill headlines 28th Annual Lineberger Club event
Nearly 300 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center supporters gathered at the Carolina Inn to hear the remarks of distinguished UNC alumnus Lowry Caudill, PhD, on January 24, 2015 during the 28th Annual Lineberger Club Lunch and Basketball Game.
A study co-led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has identified genomic changes in head and neck cancers linked to the sexually transmitted disease HPV -- the latest finding of a collaborative scientific effort designed to map out the genomic changes driving cancer.
When a young woman receives a cancer diagnosis, her obvious first thought is “I want to survive this.” When that cancer diagnosis has an impact on her ability to have children, she has a second thought.
A UNC Lineberger researcher has pointed to a need for more data on whether new technology designed to better detect men at higher-risk for prostate cancer will also mean improvements in survival rates and symptoms.
Help her reach her 2,000-hat goal by December 16.
After comparing the survival outcomes of older and younger people with head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers have found that age alone shouldn’t dictate a patient’s treatment. The findings were published January 12 online in the journal The Oncologist.
Device that drives drugs into solid tumors that are poorly vascularized opens the possibility of life-saving surgeries in cancer patients.
One of nation’s top universities yields more than 150 startup companies to date, including G1 Therapeutics, creating jobs and advancing innovation and entrepreneurship.
Most 12 year olds collect Pokemon or baseball cards. But, for 7th grader Gray Garber, it’s hats. And not just any hats. Hats that are fun, happy and perfectly soft on the inside – soft enough for the delicate heads of pediatric cancer patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
To identify important medical questions that haven’t been fully answered by researchers yet, doctor and researcher Angela Smith is turning to patients for guidance.
To give back to an institution that he credits with saving his mother’s life, America’s top-ranked men’s singles tennis player John Isner returned to his hometown of Greensboro on Saturday, February 7th for his annual tennis exhibition event.
With new funding, a UNC startup is poised to halt the most devastating effects of chemotherapy.
The latest installment in UNC Health Care's Real Medicine video series features Ashley Burnette, 11-year-old cancer survivor and Patient Ambassador at the North Carolina Children's Hospital.
The ninth annual UNC Multidisciplinary Melanoma Conference brought more than 120 health care professionals from across the state on Thursday, February 12 to learn about the detection and treatment of melanoma.
The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) is now recruiting patients for a new online survey-based research study on the experiences of parents living with advanced cancer.
Hepatitis C virus infection is a common cause of liver disease and of liver cancer in the United States. Through a new study that explores one aspect of how the virus hijacks host cell machinery to replicate itself, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have gained insight into the workings of a potential drug target for hepatitis C.
Seeking the patient voice early in the cessation process is critical to success.
A dramatic increase in the thyroid cancer rate across the last 30 years has researchers asking whether the disease’s incidence is truly on the rise, or if improved detection methods are behind the trend.
A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.
The American Cancer Society has honored Hyman B. Muss, MD, director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Geriatric Oncology Program, with a prestigious national award that recognizes providers who show compassion and dedication beyond the call of duty.
While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it. To help inform people about colorectal cancer risks and symptoms as well as the benefits of screening, the N.C. Cancer Hospital hosted a public outreach event last Thursday and Friday.
UNC Lineberger member Melissa Troester, PhD, values a team approach in her work and her personal life. As co-leader of the cancer center’s Cancer Epidemiology Program, Troester’s work is an important part of UNC Lineberger’s interdisciplinary research on the causes of breast cancer and the translational research on strategies of prevention, treatment and cure.
Charles M. Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the basic science leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research Program, has been acknowledged as a health care innovator by the Triangle Business Journal. During an awards ceremony on Thursday, Perou was selected from a pool of candidates as the finalist in the 2015 TBJ Health Care Heroes – Innovator category.
The use of robot-assisted surgery and modern radiation techniques have been rapidly adopted as treatments for prostate cancer, but a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is asking what the newer technologies will mean in terms of side effects and outcomes for patients in the long-term.
Two new faculty members have joined the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help launch groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials that will test an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer.
A symposium co-sponsored by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center brought leading breast cancer researchers together Friday to share findings about the genetic and environmental factors driving disparities in the disease’s incidence and mortality.
CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Director of Cancer Survivorship Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, has been recognized for her commitment to the Oncology Nursing Society and to the community as a whole.
Results from a UNC Lineberger-led study were published Monday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. The pre-clinical study was the first to investigate one particular drug strategy as a treatment for breast cancer after it's spread to the brain.
To lead into segments of PBS’ three-part series “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” UNC-TV is planning to broadcast two shows that feature health care providers from UNC.