UNC Lineberger members go to Washington to highlight importance of research funding

May 18, 2016

Chad Ellis, PhD, Ben Major, PhD, and Anne-Marie Meyer, PhD, traveled to the U.S. Capitol to meet with members of the North Carolina congressional delegation and explain the impact of National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute funding on the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina and the country.

Costs for orally-administered cancer drugs skyrocket

April 28, 2016

A study, authored by UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, found that oral cancer drugs introduced in 2014 were, on average, six times more expensive than those introduced in the year 2000. The findings, published in JAMA Oncology, raised concerns as patients may increasingly take on the cost burden of those increases.

AACR 2016: Sequencing RNA in tumors could help improve cancer care, study finds

April 20, 2016

Sequencing a tumor’s RNA in addition to its DNA makes it possible to better characterize the cancer’s mutations, reported Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting. This additional information, said Hayes, may help improve a cancer patient’s treatment.

AACR 2016: Blood test could gauge treatment response for head and neck cancer patients, pilot study shows

April 18, 2016

A potential new blood test is sensitive enough to detect changes in numbers of head and neck cancer cells circulating in the blood, a pilot study by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and collaborators has found. The findings from the study will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday, April 19.

AACR 2016: UNC researchers identify promising strategy to stop an aggressive breast cancer type once it’s spread to the brain

April 18, 2016

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a combination of investigational drugs that have been shown to be effective together at targeting triple negative breast cancer in the brain in preclinical studies. Their findings will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 19.

AACR 2016: Increased saturated fat in diet linked to aggressive prostate cancer

April 18, 2016

A study by researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and other institutions found a link between higher intake of dietary saturated fat, a type of fat found commonly in foods such as fatty beef and cheese, and risk of aggressive prostate cancer. The preliminary results were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Monday, April 18.

Mayer, Rimer named to Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Blue Ribbon Panel

April 5, 2016

Two UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center members – Drs. Deborah Mayer and Barbara Rimer – have been honored with appointments to the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative’s Blue Ribbon Panel. They will join a team of cancer experts to provide advice and vision in the implementation of the national program.