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News and stories about the UNC Lineberger Skin Cancer and Melanoma Program

  • A man and woman with two black dogs in front of Christmas decorations

    Melanoma patient has bright outlook after bout with cancer

    A melanoma diagnosis started Bob Harding on a cancer journey that brought him to the experts at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.

  • Immunotherapy for lung and other cancers may also be beneficial for rare skin cancer

    Immunotherapies effective against lung cancer and melanoma may also work against cutaneous angiosarcoma, a rare and highly aggressive skin tumor.

  • Researchers identify strategy to block immunosuppressive signals in melanoma

    Cancer cells have a clever approach to avoid key immune cells intent on killing them. Researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center report in the journal Cancer Immunology Research they have developed a strategy to shut down signals that keep cancer-killing immune cells from infiltrating melanoma. By blocking receptors on the … Continued

  • Patients, researchers seek melanoma solutions

    Ten years after he first discovered cancerous brown marks growing on his shoulder, Michael Martin learned the skin cancer was back. He already had the melanoma removed surgically twice, but the cancer came back a third time, and it had spread. Now the cancer was on his lung — the cancerous cells were surgically removed … Continued

  • Melanoma Patient Day symposium to include talks on treatment, nutrition

    The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital are partnering with the Melanoma Research Foundation to host Melanoma Patient Day, an afternoon symposium offering information and support for patients with melanoma. The event will be held May 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday … Continued

  • Genetic features linked to higher melanoma risk, study confirms

    Blistering sunburns, fair skin and a family history of skin cancer are known risk factors for developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. A new study led by a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher confirms that certain inherited genetic features are also linked to a person’s melanoma risk. In a … Continued

  • New studies aim to improve melanoma diagnosis

    A pair of studies led by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers could aid in improved diagnosis for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The studies, led by UNC Lineberger’s Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, Irene & Robert Alan Briggaman Distinguished Professor and Chair in the UNC School of Medicine Department of … Continued

  • Researchers review metastatic melanoma treatment

    Researchers led by UNC Lineberger’s David Ollila, MD, FACS, the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Surgical Oncology, reviewed the results for 80 adult metastatic melanoma patients treated with talimogene laherparepvec, or TVEC. Injection of TVEC effectively treated almost 40 percent of patients with tumors … Continued


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