New details revealed to explain how tumors recruit blood vessels

April 17, 2019

A study by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers helps explain how tumors recruit blood vessels that provide fuel for their growth as well as an avenue for the tumors to spread. In the journal Oncogene, the researchers also reported they built on these findings to uncover a potential treatment strategy to … Continued

NCI awards $2.2M to Pylayeva-Gupta to investigate immune responses in pancreatic cancer

April 17, 2019

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year grant of more than $2.2 million to UNC Lineberger’s Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, to support her research into the immune response in pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers. “Understanding the role of immune regulation in pancreatic cancer represents a crucial stepping stone on our way to advancing … Continued

American Society for Investigative Pathology to honor Qing Zhang, PhD

April 17, 2019

The American Society for Investigative Pathology has named UNC Lineberger member Qing Zhang, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as the recipient of the 2020 ASIP Cotran Early Career Investigator Award. This award recognizes individuals in the early stages of their career who have demonstrated excellence as investigators and have … Continued

Remembering Kristy Richards, PhD, MD

April 12, 2019

Kristy Richards, PhD, MD, who was on our faculty of medicine and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2007-2015, passed away from breast cancer surrounded by her family and friends on March 30, 2019. Richards was known for her excellence in both the clinic and the laboratory. Following her training in genetics … Continued

Researchers study strategies for using nanotechnology to boost cancer therapeutics

April 11, 2019

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers presented innovative new strategies for using tiny particles – particles the size of a DNA molecule or the width of a human hair – to boost cancer treatment as part of the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence/National Cancer Institute site visit on Tuesday. The researchers, … Continued

Dynamic Duo Makes Last Rounds

April 3, 2019

Retirement goals usually include cashing in 401k accounts, moving to the beach or taking a trip. Unless you’re a dog. Shep, a 12-year-old golden retriever, is more likely to be hanging out with his owner, Bill White, and taking some serious naps now that he’s retired from his job as an emotional support dog. For … Continued

Estrogen byproducts linked to survival in breast cancer patients

March 31, 2019

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found preliminary evidence that measuring byproducts of the hormone estrogen can help them predict survival for women with breast cancer. In an abstract presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, researchers report findings from a study in which they measured levels … Continued

Studies explore mechanisms behind obesity-cancer link

March 31, 2019

New studies led by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers explore biological mechanisms behind obesity and its link with cancer. Research findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2019 explore possible reasons for obesity-related resistance to breast cancer treatment and possible strategies to overcome obesity-related immune suppression in … Continued

Four paws, two handlers, one great comfort: SCHALL

March 27, 2019

A weary look crosses the face of a teenage girl; her jaw tightens, and her body tenses. Another day, another needle stick — a typical appointment for a pediatric cancer patient. But then, the tapping of nails on a shiny floor brings a different expression — a smile — for SCHALL, the rehabilitative facility dog … Continued