Teaming up in the lab and in life: researchers make an impact on cancer science

January 16, 2020

From an early age, they were both fascinated by science; he was amazed by advances in genetic engineering, and she was learning everything she could about plants. Fast forward to today, and UNC Lineberger researchers Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, and Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, are using their natural curiosity and drive to tackle the problem of … Continued

Comparing cancer costs is challenging, despite new price transparency rules

January 16, 2020

Comparison shopping for airfare, a TV, or a car can be straightforward online. The same cannot be said for checking what hospitals charge for a standard radiation treatment for prostate cancer, according to a report published in JAMA Oncology. Trevor Royce, MD, MPH, MS, of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, is … Continued

Ray receives Young Investigator Award to support breast cancer research

January 14, 2020

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, has presented a Young Investigator Award to UNC Lineberger’s Emily Ray, MD, MPH. Ray, who is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology/oncology at UNC School of Medicine, will use the one year, … Continued

Dittus and colleagues write the book on rare lymphomas

January 14, 2020

UNC Lineberger’s Christopher Dittus, DO, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at UNC School of Medicine, is the editor of a new book that provides a comprehensive review of how to diagnose and manage rare lymphomas, with a focus on novel treatment approaches. UNC Lineberger faculty and trainees contributed chapters to the volume. “Novel Therapeutics for … Continued

Phase I study indicates drug could boost immune function in blood cancers

January 14, 2020

An early-stage clinical study investigating a method of boosting the body’s defenses against two blood cancers found the drug pomalidomide could be safely added to conventional treatments, and help improve immune function. University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Joshua Zeidner, MD, assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, … Continued

Researchers find clues to drug resistance in medulloblastoma subtype

January 13, 2020

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have new evidence to explain how drug resistance develops in a major subtype of medulloblastoma, the most common invasive brain tumor in children. A UNC Lineberger team led by Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD and Kirk Wilhelmsen MD, PhD, reported in the journal Nature Communications that they … Continued

Der lab publishes in Cancer Discovery

January 10, 2020

UNC Lineberger’s Channing Der, PhD, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology, was co-corresponding author of a paper published in Cancer Discovery. Antje Schaefer, PhD, research assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology, was co-first author. In the study, researchers identified a new potential … Continued

Pancreatic cancer patient beats the odds to thrive after diagnosis

January 9, 2020

Mary Gillam never thought she’d be celebrating the Tar Heels winning the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship from a hospital ER. Instead, while students partied joyfully outside, Gillam had to face a hard diagnosis — a mass on her pancreas that was later determined to be pancreatic cancer. “I thought to myself, ‘This has to be … Continued

Top cancer minds use smart tools to impact patient care

January 6, 2020

UNC Lineberger’s Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, is setting out to make an impact on cancer care by using one of the best tools in his medical arsenal – cancer patients themselves. Basch, the Richard M. Goldberg Distinguished Professor in Medical Oncology and the director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program, is highly engaged in patient-reported … Continued

UNC Lineberger celebrates the holiday season

December 23, 2019

The staff at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has worked diligently this holiday season to ensure patients, and their families, feel at-home while receiving treatment. Join us as we look back at UNC Lineberger’s holiday season. Tree of Hope at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital In December, patients and their guests were invited to write … Continued