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The latest cancer news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Clinical Research Forum selects genomic analysis as top 10 research achievement

Clinical Research Forum selects genomic analysis as top 10 research achievement

A cancer genomics study led by UNC Lineberger researchers and other scientists involved in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project, a National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute-backed effort to create a comprehensive atlas of the genetic changes in cancer, was selected as one of the top 10 clinical research achievements of the year.

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With Grace and Good Humor

With Grace and Good Humor

Fifteen years ago, Nancy Raasch was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Then, in 2009, came multiple myeloma. Despite these malignancies, she refuses to let cancer define her.

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Lower survival rates connected with high-risk melanoma with mutations, study finds

Lower survival rates connected with high-risk melanoma with mutations, study finds

A UNC Lineberger-led study found that people with higher-risk melanoma containing either BRAF or NRAS gene mutations had lower survival rates.

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Researchers find new approach to treat drug-resistant HER2-positive breast cancer

Researchers find new approach to treat drug-resistant HER2-positive breast cancer

Using human cancer cell lines, UNC scientists identified various ways that HER2-positive breast cancer tumors resist therapy, and they discovered a potential combination therapy to overcome multiple mechanisms of resistance and kill cancer cells.

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Vibrant and Grateful

Vibrant and Grateful

Two years ago, Carmen Ward was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer called mucinous carcinoma. In her early 80s, she continues to be grateful for the life she's led and the future she has, and she points to her care at UNC Hospitals for helping her maintain a positive outlook.

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UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC sequenced the RNA for 10,000 tumor samples as part of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, a National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute backed effort to create a comprehensive atlas of the genetic changes in cancer.

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New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

New UNC Lineberger faculty recruited to launch T-cell cancer therapy trials

Two new faculty members have joined the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help launch groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials that will test an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer.

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Perou's work featured in Oncology Times

Perou's work featured in Oncology Times

Chuck Perou, PhD, professor of Genetics and Pathology at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was recently interviewed by Oncology Times for the publication's "Three Questions" series.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it.

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Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.

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UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

UNC Lineberger-led study builds understanding of hepatitis C virus replication

Hepatitis C virus infection is a common cause of liver disease and of liver cancer in the United States. Through a new study that explores one aspect of how the virus hijacks host cell machinery to replicate itself, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have gained insight into the workings of a potential drug target for hepatitis C.

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Cancer Survivor Becomes Ambassador for Hope

Cancer Survivor Becomes Ambassador for Hope

The latest installment in our Real Medicine video series features one of our Patient Ambassadors for North Carolina Children's Hospital.

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Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the histone code

Scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill have created a new way to investigate epigenetic mechanisms important in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancers.

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Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy

Potential pancreatic cancer treatment could increase life expectancy

Device that drives drugs into solid tumors that are poorly vascularized opens the possibility of life-saving surgeries in cancer patients. James Byrne, PhD, a medical student and member of Joseph DeSimone’s lab, led the research by constructing the device and examining its ability to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs effectively to pancreatic cancer tumors, as well as two types of breast cancer tumors.

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UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

UNC researcher co-leads effort to map genomic changes in head and neck cancer

A study co-led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has identified genomic changes in head and neck cancers linked to the sexually transmitted disease HPV -- the latest finding of a collaborative scientific effort designed to map out the genomic changes driving cancer.

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Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

UNC geneticists led by Terry Magnuson, PhD, and Ron Chandler, PhD, create the first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma; show how a known drug can suppress tumor growth.

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Statewide network established to support cancer survivors

Statewide network established to support cancer survivors

The Duke Endowment awards $461,750 grant to UNC Lineberger’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

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Parsing the Pathways

Parsing the Pathways

Graduate student Kathleen Mulvaney investigates the newly discovered interplay between two of the proteins that allow cells to divide.

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‘Flying carpet’ technique delivers one-two punch of anticancer drugs

‘Flying carpet’ technique delivers one-two punch of anticancer drugs

Researchers in the joint UNC-NCSU biomedical engineering department have used nanoscale graphene to improve upon traditional delivery of two cancer drugs.

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Priceless Gem

Priceless Gem

Carolina legend Danny Talbott performed at the highest level on both the football field and baseball diamond during his years as a Tar Heel. Since 2010, he’s been back in Chapel Hill, battling the toughest opponent he’s faced: multiple myeloma. He can’t imagine going anywhere else to do it.

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