Men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose active surveillance often don’t follow monitoring guidelines

June 2, 2019

Preliminary results from a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study found that just 15 percent of a group of men in North Carolina with early-stage prostate cancer who choose active surveillance instead of treatment followed the recommended monitoring guidelines. The findings, which were presented today at the American Society of Clinical Oncology … Continued

A caring cancer community: mom, daughter support other pediatric patients

May 10, 2019

Lorelei Partin’s cancer journey has led her mom, Katie Ware, to discover a whole new community of friends and a hidden talent for fundraising along the way. Diagnosed two years ago, Lorelei cannot wait to ring the bell to mark the end of her leukemia treatments, but she’s going to miss the people at the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, including her doctor, UNC Lineberger’s Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH.

UNC Lineberger’s research symposium draws more than 500 registrants

May 2, 2019

Can scientists wake up sleeping tumor suppressor molecules in cancer cells? What are the genetic features of cancer cells that contribute to some forms of prostate cancer developing resistance to multiple lines of treatment? Those were some of the topics covered at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 43rd Annual Scientific Symposium at the William & … Continued

Cancer patients, doctors find healing, health in exercise

May 2, 2019

UNC Lineberger’s Get Real and Heel is a free exercise program for cancer survivors that offers a dedicated workout space staffed by trainers who develop individualized plans to help people manage cancer treatment-related symptoms and improve their chances of survivorship while increasing their quality of life.

Smith named director of urologic oncology, co-director of the Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Service

April 30, 2019

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Angela B. Smith, MD, MS, FACS, has been named director of Urologic Oncology in the UNC Department of Urology and co-director of the Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Service at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, UNC Lineberger’s clinical home. Smith, who is a board-certified urologist who specializes in the treatment of bladder, prostate, … Continued

NCI awards $2.2M to Pylayeva-Gupta to investigate immune responses in pancreatic cancer

April 17, 2019

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year grant of more than $2.2 million to UNC Lineberger’s Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, to support her research into the immune response in pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers. “Understanding the role of immune regulation in pancreatic cancer represents a crucial stepping stone on our way to advancing … Continued

Studies explore mechanisms behind obesity-cancer link

March 31, 2019

New studies led by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers explore biological mechanisms behind obesity and its link with cancer. Research findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2019 explore possible reasons for obesity-related resistance to breast cancer treatment and possible strategies to overcome obesity-related immune suppression in … Continued

Four paws, two handlers, one great comfort: SCHALL

March 27, 2019

A weary look crosses the face of a teenage girl; her jaw tightens, and her body tenses. Another day, another needle stick — a typical appointment for a pediatric cancer patient. But then, the tapping of nails on a shiny floor brings a different expression — a smile — for SCHALL, the rehabilitative facility dog … Continued

Precision oncology insights revealed for colorectal cancer

March 19, 2019

Next-generation sequencing of tumor DNA from patients with colorectal cancer revealed genetic alterations that were linked to different survival and treatment outcomes in an analysis led by a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, could help define strategies to more effectively treat colorectal … Continued