In a study published in the journal Cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers reported on the frequency that oncology providers talked with patients about physical activity during routine clinic visits. While national guidelines recommend that patients with a cancer diagnosis engage in regular physical activity, they found that the frequency varied of providers’ communications about physical activity with patients.
Researchers and physicians from around the globe convened Dec. 8-12 for the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. UNC Lineberger researchers presented preliminary findings from studies focused on genomic clues to breast cancer metastasis, the link between obesity and cancer, and on the use of genetic sequencing to find targeted treatments for individual patients.
UNC Lineberger researchers presented clinical, preclinical and population-based research at the ASH Annual Meeting Dec. 5-7. They presented findings from a study evaluating a treatment for a type of chemotherapy-resistant lymphoma and from an investigation into that the rate of fertility counseling for young men with cancer.
UNC Lineberger researchers led a study examining racial variation in the use of a gene-profile test called OncotypeDX, which is used to help doctors make decisions about adjuvant chemotherapy for patients. The researchers reported that the test has the potential to improve care quality, but disparities could worsen if it’s not equally accessible across racial groups. They found ODX testing for node-positive breast cancer was accessed less by black women than by non-black women. Their findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
UNC Lineberger researcher Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, director of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Outcomes Research Program and an associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology and Oncology, and postdoctoral researcher Angela Stover, PhD, published an editorial in the journal Cancer that explored advancements needed before patient-reported outcome measures can be used as quality-of-care metrics.
UNC Lineberger member and gynecologic oncologist Dr. Groesbeck Parham has worked in Zambia for the past 11 years and in Africa since 1985. Last year, he received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to build a cancer-related research platform between UNC sites in Zambia and Malawi. Now Parham has extended the reach of his program to Malawi, helping to train a physician there in radical hysterectomy to treat cervical cancer.