Lung Cancer Initiative awards research grant to Du to investigate novel treatment

December 16, 2019

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCI) has awarded The Vicky Amidon Innovation in Lung Cancer Research Award to Hongwei Du, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The award also was presented to Kenneth Adler, PhD, at the North Carolina State University College … Continued

NCBiotech awards grant to Pecot for studies of experimental RNAi therapy

December 2, 2019

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded $100,000 to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Chad Pecot, MD, to study an experimental treatment that would silence a gene commonly mutated in cancer. Using a Nobel Prize-winning technology called RNA interference or RNAi, Pecot’s lab designed an investigational drug to shut down the mutated version of the KRAS … 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

Doctor-patient discussions neglect potential harms of lung cancer screening, study finds

August 13, 2018

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Daniel Reuland, MD, MPH, report in JAMA Internal Medicine that their analysis of audio-recorded office visit discussions between doctors and patients found the quality of the conversation about lung cancer screening was “poor” and discussion of the potential harms of screening was “virtually nonexistent.”

By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer’s spread

May 24, 2018

Researchers led by UNC Lineberger’s Chad Pecot, MD, report in the journal Nature Communications that for a particular subset of lung cancer tumors, there is a high prevalence of immune cells called inflammatory monocytes. These cells, which normally help to build clotting scaffolds to promote wound healing, also make it possible for tumor cells to migrate and spread to other parts of the body.