NIH awards grant to Painschab to improve multicentric Castleman disease treatment in Malawi

October 21, 2019

The National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center has awarded Matthew Painschab, MD, a five-year International Research Scientist Development Award to lead research into improving treatment for multicentric Castleman disease in Malawi. Working through the University of North Carolina Project-Malawi, a collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Malawi Ministry of Health, Painschab will lead a … Continued

Researchers develop method for separating tissue types in tumor samples

October 21, 2019

A dense web of tissue can surround pancreatic cancer tumors, impeding treatment and sometimes acting as a barrier to the tumor’s spread. Researchers want to distinguish cancerous tissue from the surrounding connective tissue and cells known as stroma as well as from immune cells in the tumor’s environment in order to drive personalized treatment strategies. … Continued

Department of Radiation Oncology earns prestigious national accreditation

August 19, 2019

The American Society for Radiology Oncology has awarded its highest level of accreditation to the UNC Medical Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology. UNC is the only academic medical center to earn the honor in North Carolina. McCreary Cancer Center at Caldwell UNC Health Care also has obtained the accreditation. The ASTRO Accreditation Program for Excellence … Continued

Lorelei rings the bell

August 14, 2019

Seven-year-old Lorelei Partin celebrated completing her chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia by ringing the ceremonial bell in the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s pediatric hematology-oncology clinic.

St. Baldrick’s awards grant to Alexander to study resistant leukemia

July 25, 2019

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded a research grant to University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center physician-scientist Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH, to support his research focused on the biology of acute lymphoblastic leukemia that doesn’t fully respond to treatment. The grant, for $94,800, is from the latest round of grants from the St. … Continued

Patients, researchers seek melanoma solutions

July 2, 2019

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