Department of Radiation Oncology earns prestigious national accreditation

August 19, 2019

The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and 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 … Continued

Researchers develop method for identifying aggressive breast cancer drivers

August 13, 2019

Precision cancer medicine requires personalized biomarkers to identify patients who will benefit from specific cancer therapies. In an effort to improve the accuracy of predictions about prognosis for patients with breast cancer and the efficacy of personalized therapy, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a method to precisely identify individual … Continued

Workshop offers insight, support after cancer treatment ends

August 13, 2019

When a person being treated for cancer transitions from the active to post-treatment phase of care, the disruption to what had become routine and familiar can create feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Recognizing the array of challenges a person may face following treatment, UNC Lineberger is offering a free workshop to help cancer survivors and … Continued

Constellation Brands’ outreach and generosity help cancer patients in need

July 31, 2019

August in North Carolina can mean many things — back to school, sweltering heat, an end to a great summer — but for those who benefit from UNC Lineberger’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, it’s also a time of thanksgiving. For the past nine years, Constellation Brands and Corona wholesalers and retailers across North Carolina have … Continued

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

Woodcock awarded grant to study markers of immunotherapy response in lung cancer

July 23, 2019

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina has awarded $25,000 to Mark Woodcock, MD, to support a research effort to identify characteristics of lung cancer patients who will respond to treatments that unlock the immune system against cancer. Woodcock, a fellow in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, was awarded a 2019-20 Lung … Continued

Researchers unveil experimental compound to block therapeutic target in blood cancer

July 22, 2019

Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a hyperactive cell signal that contributes to tumor growth in an aggressive blood cancer. They also developed an experimental therapeutic to block the signal and slow tumor growth. In the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers reported they have identified a … Continued

Scientists publish overview of the latest in cancer vaccine target research

July 12, 2019

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have published a review of experimental cancer vaccines that identified areas of promise and challenges for the field. In the Nature Reviews Cancer, researchers outlined current research into targets for therapeutic cancer vaccines, an area of active investigation focused on boosting immune responses to cancer. “Generally, … Continued

UNC Lineberger names Darr associate director of administration

July 9, 2019

David B. Darr has been appointed associate director of administration of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this important cancer center role, Darr is responsible for overseeing the general administration and staff of UNC Lineberger as well as facility operations, space assessment of Center campus and off campus units, strategic planning, … 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