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Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group: Here to Help

Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group: Here to Help

Bladder cancer patients in the Triangle area are not alone. They have a monthly group where “true loving support for each other” is shared, says David Langham, a bladder cancer survivor and one of the organizers of the group.

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UNC and partners to study policies to restrict tobacco marketing at point of sale: multi-institutional $6.7 million research grant awarded

UNC and partners to study policies to restrict tobacco marketing at point of sale: multi-institutional $6.7 million research grant awarded

The way tobacco products are marketed and sold changed with the June 2009 passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. For example, this law mandates larger and stronger warning labels on packs and advertising and prohibits the sale of “light” and clove cigarettes. The FDA Act also now allows states and local communities to regulate the time, place, and manner of tobacco advertising. Thus, states could restrict tobacco promotions or restrict the location of tobacco advertising.

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UNC scientists collaborate on colon cancer therapy comparative effectiveness study

UNC scientists collaborate on colon cancer therapy comparative effectiveness study

In 2008 UNC and Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston were selected by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to carry out accelerated practical studies examining the comparative effectiveness of cancer treatments. The collaboration is called the Cancer Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Comparative Effectiveness Consortium.

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Latest in treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma, Park comments at annual ASH meeting

As part of Patient Power® coverage of the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), UNC Lineberger member Steven Park, MD, talks about the latest in treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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real doctors, real people - Paul Godley

Whether photographing a child in the streets of Vietnam or consulting with a patient about a diagnosis, Dr. Paul Godley employs his intuition and charming personality to put the person in front of him at ease within a matter of moments.

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UNC scientists collaborate to find first major genetic mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk

UNC scientists collaborate to find first major genetic mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk

Chapel Hill - After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare, inherited mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of the disease.

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UNC radiation oncologists co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial on breast cancer radiotherapy and coronary artery stenosis

UNC radiation oncologists co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial on breast cancer radiotherapy and coronary artery stenosis

Timothy Zagar, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, and Lawrence Marks, MD, professor and chair of radiation oncology, co-authored an editorial in the December 27, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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UNC surgeons co-author study on breast cancer treatment decision making

UNC surgeons co-author study on breast cancer treatment decision making

Chapel Hill, NC - How much medical information does a woman understand and retain about her breast cancer diagnosis? UNC scientists participated in a four-institution study involving 440 women with early-stage breast cancer and found that breast cancer survivors had limited knowledge about their surgical options, including an understanding of something as important as the risk of recurrence.

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Haithcock talks about esophageal cancer in recent interview

Haithcock talks about esophageal cancer in recent interview

Benjamin E. Haithcock, MD, an assistant professor in UNC's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and a member of UNC Lineberger, discussed esophageal cancer in an interview that was aired on the January 5, 2012 segment of the radio show "Make it Happen."

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Technology tackles dieting and exercise, Tate comments

Technology tackles dieting and exercise, Tate comments

Deborah Tate, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill, is quoted in the article "Latest gadgets give diets, workouts a high-tech boost" published in today's issue of The News & Observer.

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UNC Lineberger geriatric oncology program leaders co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial about older women and breast cancer

UNC Lineberger geriatric oncology program leaders co-author Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial about older women and breast cancer

UNC Lineberger Geriatric Oncology program leaders Hy Muss, MD, and Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, co-authored an editorial in the December 10, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Muss is professor of medicine. Busby-Whitehead is professor of medicine, and director of the UNC School of Medicine’s Center for Aging and Health and Division of Geriatric Medicine.

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New research study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

New research study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A new study at UNC Chapel Hill will examine what complex and conjoined behavioral factors influence low income people to pursue colorectal cancer screening and what strategies could increase screening rates in disadvantaged communities.

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UNC GI oncologists author editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

UNC GI oncologists author editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

UNC Lineberger GI Oncology program directors Joel Tepper, MD, and Bert O’Neil, MD, co-authored an editorial in the December 10, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Tepper is the Hector McLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research. O’Neil is associate professor of medicine.

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Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, appointed first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor

Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, appointed first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor

Nancy E. Thomas, MD, PhD, was appointed the first Irene and Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor. The professorship is named in honor of Dr. Briggaman, who served as chair of the UNC Department of Dermatology from 1987-1999, and his wife, Irene.

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Hepatitis C virus hijacks liver microRNA

Hepatitis C virus hijacks liver microRNA

Mechanism explains how virus survives in the liver and how a new antiviral works

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Gonzalez-Crespo talks about his work as a Spanish interpreter and what it means to him

Gonzalez-Crespo talks about his work as a Spanish interpreter and what it means to him

Ruben Gonzalez-Crespo, a Spanish interpreter at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was highlighted in the November 2011 issue of the University Gazette in an article titled "Former singer finds new voice helping others battle cancer."

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UNC radiation oncology resident Nathan Sheets wins ASCO Merit Award

UNC radiation oncology resident Nathan Sheets wins ASCO Merit Award

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will award 20 oncology trainees with Merit Awards at the 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. The symposium will be held February 2 - 4, 2012 in San Francisco.

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Wrapped up in making a difference

Tori Frahm has experienced just eight Christmases, but she epitomizes the true spirit of the holiday. She and her family organized collection and delivery of 750 presents for pediatric oncology patients and their siblings at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The gifts helped 125 families have a brighter holiday.

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Sing a song of hope - local caroling tradition brings cheer each year

One neighborhood in Cary has become the centerpiece of a holiday tradition that benefits UNC Lineberger.

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Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

Editorial urges rapid clinical trials for targeted breast cancer therapies

Chapel Hill, NC – In an editorial published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC associate professor E. Claire Dees, MD, reviews current evidence on the safety and efficacy of combination therapies currently used for metastatic breast cancer and urges clinical researchers to move forward with new studies that leverage advances in the identification of tumor biomarkers.

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Six UNC faculty recognized by prestigious international scientific society

Six University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

UNC Lineberger remembers Marci Campbell

Dr. Marci Campbell, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, died December 14 after living with cancer with grace and caring for almost two years.

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UNC scientist elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

UNC scientist elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Weili Lin, PhD, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Lin was cited for his outstanding contributions to the development and translation of MR functional neuroimaging.

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American Cancer Society Revises Cancer Screening Guideline Process; UNC scientists are report co-authors

ATLANTA –December 13, 2011– The American Cancer Society has revised its guideline formation process to achieve greater transparency, consistency, and rigor in creating guidance about cancer screening. The new methods align with new principles from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) by creating a single generalist group for writing the guidelines, commissioning systematic evidence reviews, and clearly articulating the benefits, limitations, and harms associated with cancer screening tests. The new process is outlined in a Special Communication in the December 14, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

UNC scientists funded to study genome sequencing in clinical settings

Chapel Hill - The complete sequence of an individual’s genome – all 3 billion DNA building blocks - will soon be affordably available to doctors, patients and even consumers. While knowledge of one’s genome may have important medical benefits, tremendous questions remain regarding an avalanche of such data means and how they should be used. Many clinical, ethical and social issues arise from the evaluation, use and sharing of the data.

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The power to help, hurt and confuse: direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

The power to help, hurt and confuse: direct-to-consumer whole genome testing

CHAPEL HILL – The era of widely available next generation personal genomic testing has arrived and with it the ability to quickly and relatively affordably learn the sequence of your entire genome. This would include what is referred to as the “exome,” your complete set of protein-coding sequences.

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Donald Rosenstein serves as president of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Donald Rosenstein serves as president of Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Donald Rosenstein, MD, professor of psychiatry and medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, will serve a one-year term as president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Rosenstein is a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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President Obama taps Barbara Rimer to lead National Cancer Panel

President Obama taps Barbara Rimer to lead National Cancer Panel

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, to chair the President’s Cancer Panel. The panel was established as part of the National Cancer Act, signed by President Nixon in 1971

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Cell molecule identified as central player in the formation of new blood vessels

The molecule is the protein Shc (pronounced SHIK), and new blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis, is seriously impaired without it.

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P Rex-1 protein key to melanoma metastasis

UNC scientists contribute cell studies and protein expression analysis

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Gehrig named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology

Gehrig named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology

Paola Gehrig, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has been named director of UNC Gynecologic Oncology. In her new role she will oversee gynecologic oncology in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Viruses and cancer focus of Damania’s talk at National Academy of Sciences annual science symposium

Viruses and cancer focus of Damania’s talk at National Academy of Sciences annual science symposium

Blossom Damania, PhD, was a speaker at the Twenty-third Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held November 17-19, 2011 in Irvine, California. The symposium is hosted by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Protein associated with childhood cancer alters the structure of DNA, leading to cancer, UNC study shows

Protein associated with childhood cancer alters the structure of DNA, leading to cancer, UNC study shows

Chapel Hill - UNC scientists have demonstrated for the first time how a critical gene associated with a type of childhood cancer alters the way DNA is packaged in cells and leads to cancer. Their laboratory discovery could result in the development of a targeted therapy to treat Ewing Sarcoma, a malignant bone and soft tissue tumor of children and young adults.

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Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

Scarring a necessary evil to prevent further damage after heart attack

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After a heart attack, the portions of the heart damaged by a lack of oxygen become scar tissue. Researchers have long sought ways to avoid this scarring, which can harden the walls of the heart, lessen its ability to pump blood throughout the body and eventually lead to heart failure. But new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that interrupting this process can weaken heart function even further.

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Biomedical Research Imaging Center to be fourth U.S. site for MRPET scanner

Chapel Hill, NC – UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC) will be the fourth site in the United States to obtain a leading-edge imaging system called an MRPET scanner (also known as a PET-MRI). The machine will first be installed in current BRIC building but will be moved to the new building going up adjacent to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and BRIC director Weili Lin, PhD, is already strategizing with top experts in the field to put this innovative technology to good use.

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University of North Carolina and SAS fight cancer together

UNC Lineberger and SAS developing technology that tracks patient characteristics, treatment and outcomes

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No evidence for potential competition between human papillomavirus types in men

No evidence for potential competition between human papillomavirus types in men

Chapel Hill - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently recommended that teenage boys be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus.

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Dianne Shaw named Hometown Hero for November 8

Dianne Shaw named Hometown Hero for November 8

WCHL named Dianne Shaw a Hometown Hero for November 8, 2011. Each weekday the station selects a Hometown Hero who goes “over and above the call of duty,” exemplifying excellent service and dedication to others in the community.

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NBC Nightly News looks at latest research on aging, Sharpless comments

Ned Sharpless, MD, professor of medicine and genetics and associate director for translational research at UNC Lineberger, commented on Mayo Clinic's latest research on aging on the November 6, 2011 broadcast of the NBC Nightly News.

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Loretta Muss named Hometown Hero for November 4

Loretta Muss named Hometown Hero for November 4

WCHL named Loretta Muss a Hometown Hero for November 4, 2011. Each weekday the station selects a Hometown Hero who goes “over and above the call of duty,” exemplifying excellent service and dedication to others in the community.

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