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Tim Poe, Director of Telehealth

From the Director of Telehealth

by Tim Poe
As we say farewell to summer, we recognize that 2019 is right around the corner. We would like to ask each of you to take just a few minutes to fill out our nine-question survey, which can be found at . We will use this information, along with other feedback we have received, to develop what we hope to be the very best Oncology Telehealth Lecture lineup ever, in 2019. Thank you in advance to filling out the survey. Please be certain to do this NO LATER THAN September 21st. Please click on headline to read full article.
We have a very exciting lineup for you in September, with “Immunotherapy 101” with Paul Armistead, MD,PhD on September 12th at noon, followed by “Optune in Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma (GBM)” with Simon Khagi, MD on September 26th (also at noon). I should mention that Dr. Khagi will bring in an Optune for the lecture, when he presents. We hope that you will be able to join us for both lectures.
I know that Hurricane Florence will be occupying much of every North Carolina citizen’s attention. I hope that you find the time to properly prepare for the days ahead, and that you and your loved ones safely weather the storm.


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Optune and Simon Khagi, MD

Head for the Cure Foundation to Host an Annual 5K Race that Benefits Brain Tumor Research and the UNC Brain Tumor Program (UNCBTP)

by Mary
The University of North Carolina has collaborated with the Head for the Cure Foundation to host an annual 5K race that benefits brain tumor research and the UNC Brain Tumor Program (UNCBTP). Dr. Simon Khagi, Director of University of North Carolina Brain Tumor Program, will be participating in the 5K and wearing the Optune device ( on his scalp and the battery backpack as he runs the race. Dr. Simon Khagi is a neurological oncologist at UNC. He holds dual academic appointments in the departments of Medicine and Neurosurgery and is the director of the UNC Brain Tumor Program. I had the pleasure of discussing the upcoming 5K race with Dr. Khagi. To read the interview and learn more, please click on the title.

Q. What is UNCBTP and how long has it been in existence?
A. The UNC Brain Tumor Program has been a part of the Department of Neurosurgery for many years. However, over the past 2 years, the UNCBTP has seen a significant amount of growth with respect to patient volume, clinical trials, and regional visibility. Although we have been a part of UNC for quite some time, we now have an  increased presence in the area of brain tumor care and research. All for the benefit of the citizens of North Carolina.
Q. Have there been races like this in the past?  If so, how will this race differ from the others?
A. The race and fundraising events were first founded by Matt Anthony in 2003, in honor of his brother who passed away from glioblastoma. The first race was held in Kansas City, and is now held in many cities across the country. The organization partners with local cancer centers and a portion of the money raised goes to benefit their respective brain tumor research efforts. This is the fourth annual Head for the Cure 5K that UNC has put on. At the third annual event, we raised a total of $17,000 to jointly benefit brain tumor research at UNC and the Neuro-Oncology branch at the NCI. In contrast to last year’s event, the race will be held in Chapel Hill. We have also surpassed last year’s attendance record, a number that has been growing steadily every year. By getting the word out about the event and increasing patient volume, we have also raised more money than last year.
Q. Have you participated before – if not, what inspired you to participate this year?
A. I participated in the third annual HFTC event.
Q. Who will benefit from this race?
A. The race benefits the UNC Brain Tumor Program and all the research endeavors that we currently undertake. Funds raised also benefit the Neuro-Oncology branch of the National Cancer Institute.
Q. What can you tell me about some of the other participants?
A. There will be all sorts of runners and walkers at this year’s event. This year has surpassed all previous years, and having it in Chapel Hill will give it a truly local flavor. However, there will be participants coming from all over the state, including patients, families, students, nurses, scientists and doctors; all of whom will be walking/running as a means to raise funds and awareness of brain cancer.
Q. How many teams are there?
A. Currently there are 18 teams and hundreds of participants.
Q. What will the winning team get as a prize?
A. The teams that either raise the most money or have the most participants on their team will be given a commemorative award. However, the team that raises the most money will get the opportunity to shave my head at the event!
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
A. If you haven’t already, sign up and join us on September 8th at Southern Village Green in Chapel Hill!
Dr. Simon Khagi will be shaving his head and running with the Optune device for his patients.  To participate, click on the link below.

Survey Says?

Head for the Cure Foundation to Host an Annual 5K Race that Benefits Brain Tumor Research and the UNC Brain Tumor Program (UNCBTP)

by UNC Research Team

A research team at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is conducting a short research survey to capture the opinion of cancer patients and providers on the use of a telemedicine service for integrative oncology consultations.

Telemedicine is the delivery of health care services using telecommunications technology, such as delivering consultations through the internet via a tablet, phone, or computer. The survey is completely anonymous, voluntary, a maximum of 20 questions, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. To participate, you must be 18 years or older, and either be a patient with a current/former diagnosis of cancer or a health care provider in the field of oncology. There is no direct benefit from participation in this research, and no compensation for completing this survey. If interested, please click the link below to begin the survey.

Integrative Oncology Telemedicine Survey

Thank you for your interest and supporting this survey!

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Photo of UNC Cancer Network's The Learning Portal website

New Additions to the Learning Portal

by Jon Powell, PhD
The UNC Cancer Network’s Learning Portal ( offers FREE CME, CNE, and ASRT continuing education credits for oncology professionals through our self-paced, online courses. We recruit UNC faculty and other oncology professionals to deliver lectures on the latest treatments, clinical trials, and supportive services available to North Carolina cancer patients.