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Over 5,000 cancer patients are now enrolled in the UNC Health Registry, an initiative funded by the University Cancer Research Fund established to better understand the long-term consequences of cancer, which affect many North Carolinians. This milestone hits the half-way mark of the 10,000 enrollment goal.

Team members from the UNC Health Registry recently delivered breakfast as a “Thank You” to the health care professionals who assisted with enrollment

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers, physicians and health care professionals gathered in the UNC Lineberger Atrium October 29, 2014 to celebrate the enrollment of 5,000 participants in the UNC Health Registry. The UNC Health Registry enrolls, interview, monitors and collects biologic and clinical treatment information on consenting patients at UNC Health Care oncology clinics. Data collected through the Registry will help researchers to understand the long-term effects of cancer, determine methods for improving cancer care and services, and enhance the lives of cancer survivors.

“We are excited to reach this major milestone for the UNC Health Registry,” said Jeannette Bensen, PhD, MS, research associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Registry. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of the UNC Health Care oncology teams and our dedicated patients. We are extremely grateful to the patients who are willing to provide their time and input as well as their health data for the benefit of future cancer research. Moving forward, we will continue enrollment and look forward to collaborating with researchers to use this data for improving treatment and cancer outcomes.”

The UCRF initiated the enrollment of 10,000 patients into the UNC Health Registry in 2010. The UCRF is a nation-leading investment made by the state of North Carolina to stimulate cancer research and reduce North Carolina’s leading cause of death. The fund builds upon the exceptional research base at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the state’s only public, NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.

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