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

Berg quoted in NY Times, WRAL Tech Wire on genetic screening

Berg quoted in NY Times, WRAL Tech Wire on genetic screening

As genetic testing increases in popularity, experts such as Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD, question the usefulness of screening disease risks for the general public until further research establishes best practices.

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Cancer Transitions Wellness Program

Join UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program for our Cancer Transitions Wellness Program. Cancer Transitions™ is a FREE workshop to help patients and their caregivers move forward with life after treatment ends.

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Lisa Carey, international breast cancer expert, appointed to Susan G. Komen’s Scientific Advisory Board

Lisa Carey, international breast cancer expert, appointed to Susan G. Komen’s Scientific Advisory Board

As a member of Susan G. Komen's Scientific Advisory Board, UNC Lineberger's Lisa A. Carey, MD, will be responsible for helping guide Komen’s $956-million research program – second only to the U.S. government in funding of breast cancer research.

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Payments to doctors linked to prescription practices for two cancer types

Payments to doctors linked to prescription practices for two cancer types

Compared to physicians who didn’t receive any payments, those who received payments for meals and lodging from a drug manufacturer had higher odds of prescribing that company’s particular drug for certain cancers, reported Aaron Mitchell, MD, and colleagues in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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ASH Announces Partnership with UNC to Curate Genomic Data for Blood Disease Research

ASH Announces Partnership with UNC to Curate Genomic Data for Blood Disease Research

In partnership with UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD, the American Society of Hematology is supporting two expert review panels that will analyze the clinical significance of variants and mutations understood to be associated with myeloid malignancies and platelet disorders with the goal of aiding in their interpretation on diagnostic genetic tests.

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Some e-cigarette ingredients are surprisingly more toxic than others

Some e-cigarette ingredients are surprisingly more toxic than others

UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Robert Tarran created a new screening technique to deduce the different toxicity levels of the more than 7,700 types of e-liquid flavors available to consumers.

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Improved capture of cancer cells could aid in disease tracking

Improved capture of cancer cells could aid in disease tracking

In the journal Clinical Cancer Research, UNC Lineberger's Andrew Wang, MD, and colleagues reported that by forcing cancer cells to slow down and developing stronger molecular traps for them, they could identify large numbers of the cells in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

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A few minutes with Stephen Frye, PhD

A few minutes with Stephen Frye, PhD

After a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Stephen Frye, PhD, joined the UNC faculty in 2007 with the goal of partnering with physician-scientists to develop new cancer therapeutics. In May, he and his wife Susan will ride 60 miles on a tandem bicycle to support Team UNC Lineberger in The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer. We recently sat down with Frye to talk about his love of chemistry, his interest in writing, and his desire to break the 50 mph barrier on his bicycle.

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To halt breast cancer’s spread, scientists block amino acid found in asparagus

To halt breast cancer’s spread, scientists block amino acid found in asparagus

UNC Lineberger researchers Charles M. Perou, PhD, and Lisa A. Carey, MD, were part of a preclinical study led out of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute that found that blocking the production of asparagine with a drug called L-asparaginase in mice with aggressive triple negative breast tumors, and putting them on a low-asparagine diet, reduced the breast tumor’s ability to spread.

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Prognostic tool could identify high-risk breast cancer patients

Prognostic tool could identify high-risk breast cancer patients

In the journal Cell Chemical Biology, researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Xian Chen, PhD, report on potential prognostic tool that could be used to identify high-risk patients within particular subtypes of breast cancer.

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Calcium supplements may increase the risk of bowel lesions

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of bowel lesions

Possible risks must be weighed against the benefits of supplements, a study led by Seth Crockett, MD, MPH, finds.

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Vote for UNC SOM research during STAT Madness 2018!

Vote for UNC SOM research during STAT Madness 2018!

STAT magazine's annual March Madness biomedical research competition is in the round of 32. Find the UNC School of Medicine Logo and vote for Bryan Roth's research on the science of LSD.

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Phase I clinical trial shows promise as investigational drug for melanoma

Phase I clinical trial shows promise as investigational drug for melanoma

Three of 15 patients with BRAF-mutant melanoma had partial responses to an investigational compound in an early-stage study led by UNC Lineberger's Stergios Moschos, MD.

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New therapeutic gel shows promise against cancerous tumors

New therapeutic gel shows promise against cancerous tumors

The lab of Zhen Gu, PhD, in the joint UNC-NC State biomedical engineering department developed a biodegradable hydrogel scaffold system to release chemotherapeutic and immunotherapeutic drugs at the tumor site.

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Researchers define structure, function of enzyme key to blood cancers

Researchers define structure, function of enzyme key to blood cancers

In the journal Nature, UNC Lineberger's Greg Wang, PhD, and colleagues reported findings about the structure and function of the DNMT3A enzyme complex, which helps control gene expression.

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HIV exports viral protein in cellular packages

HIV exports viral protein in cellular packages

A study from the lab of UNC Lineberger's Dirk Dittmer, PhD, found that HIV sends out a protein called Nef in cellular packages called exosomes.

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UNC Lineberger researcher launches startup to improve radiation treatment in developing world

UNC Lineberger researcher launches startup to improve radiation treatment in developing world

UNC Lineberger's Sha Chang, PhD, was named to the latest class of KickStart Venture Services' Commercialization Award winners. Her startup company is creating solutions for improving radiation treatment for cancer.

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Envisioning His Future

Envisioning His Future

Qing Zhang earns a Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine for his work understanding oxygen’s role in therapy-resistant tumors.

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Kids saying no to cigarettes are saying yes to vaping

Kids saying no to cigarettes are saying yes to vaping

In a study led by UNC Family Medicine’s Adam Goldstein, MD, researchers found that efforts are needed to help youth remain nicotine free – especially those adolescents who aren’t otherwise susceptible to smoking cigarettes.

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