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Points of Pride for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

US News RankingFor patients and families. . .

  • UNC Lineberger physicians have been offering multidisciplinary, patient-centered care for more than a quarter century, giving patients the benefit of many medical and patient support specialists in one place, often in one visit. UNC's system has been used as a model by other cancer centers and oncology programs across the nation.
  • UNC is applying the latest technology to cancer diagnosis and treatment, offering Intensity Modulated Radiation therapy (IMRT), Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT), advanced virtual and 3-D imaging for breast biopsies, PET scanner and laparoscopic and robotic surgeries for select surgeries.
  • The N.C. Cancer Hospital provides the latest technology to diagnose and treat cancer, including genetic counseling and testing for some cancers.
  • The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program provides compassionate and effective support programs for all North Carolina cancer patients and their families. The program's mission includes providing outstanding clinical and educational programs for cancer patients and their caretakers and a world-class training and research site for health care professionals who work with cancer patients.
  • The Center's community directed programs for cancer prevention, early detection and cancer survivorship extend throughout North Carolina to reduce cancer incidence and mortality. UNC Lineberger programs in cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention and control, examine patterns of cancer in the community to understand the complex interaction among genetics, biology, environmental exposures and behaviors that cause cancer. Center faculty work in North Carolina communities to promote cancer screening services and encourage healthy lifestyles that can reduce cancer risk.

For prevention . . .

  • The Carolina Community Network, funded by the National Cancer Institute, aims to reduce breast, prostate and colorectal cancers in adult African-Americans. The network will include cancer treatment centers, research components of UNC, community groups, and health promotion-oriented institutions and organizations.
  • Prostate Cancer Project scientists in North Carolina and Louisiana seek to understand why some men get more severe prostate cancer than others. This project is supported by prostate cancer survivors, community advocates, state cancer registries and the US Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program.

For the future . . .

  • UNC Lineberger is home to internationally recognized research programs in Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Carcinogenesis, Cancer Genetics, Molecular Therapeutics, and Virology that investigate the molecular and genetic basis of cancer and progression.
  • UNC Lineberger researchers are conducting molecular analysis of cancers to identify patients who can benefit significantly from treatment. Researchers are also identifying molecular targets for new therapies and are developing the methods necessary for genetic therapy.