Cancer

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

3rd Annual Coping with Cancer Symposium

This conference will take place in Kitty Hawk, NC, May 13 - 14. This course is designed to provide data-driven and practical recommendations to clinicians, patients and caregivers for coping with the challenges of cancer.

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Tet further revealed! Studies track protein relevant to stem cells, cancer

Tet further revealed! Studies track protein relevant to stem cells, cancer

UNC biochemist Yi Zhang, PhD, whose team conducted the studies, called the findings an important step in understanding the molecular mechanisms behind cell differentiation and the development of cancer.

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UNC to lead study of new option for some colon cancer patients

UNC to lead study of new option for some colon cancer patients

The study is sponsored by UNC Lineberger and financially supported by Bayer HealthCare AG, which will provide study medication free of charge to patients enrolled on the trial.

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UNC physician-scientist receives grant to study breast cancer brain metastases

UNC physician-scientist receives grant to study breast cancer brain metastases

The grant will fund laboratory research to test whether a new class of drugs called PARP-inhibitors, which have successfully been used to treat other types of cancers, along with nanoparticle anti-cancer agents may be effective in treating brain metastases from triple-negative breast cancer.

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Supportive Care and Consult Team makes outpatient cancer treatment easier

The UNC Supportive Care and Consult Service and Clinic’s innovative model of a pharmacist as part of the care team in the outpatient setting continues to attract national attention and interest.

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Family House Diaries: Johnny and Phyllis Deal

Family House Diaries: Johnny and Phyllis Deal

An uncommon tumor and two co-existing conditions it triggered have given a 55-year-old Lenior, N.C., man a roller-coaster of a medical journey. He’s also gained a precious gift: more time with his grandson.

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UNC study finds oral tongue cancer increasing in young, white females

UNC study finds oral tongue cancer increasing in young, white females

The increasing incidence was most dramatic for white females ages 18 to 44. They had a percentage change of 111 percent. Interestingly, the incidence decreased for African American and other racial groups.

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Cancer pharmacology expert joins UNC personalized-medicine institute

Cancer pharmacology expert joins UNC personalized-medicine institute

Federico Innocenti, MD, PhD, has been appointed associate professor of pharmacy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He will serve as associate director of the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Sole Sisters 11th Exercise Program for Women Recruiting 2011 Participants

Sole Sisters 11th Exercise Program for Women Recruiting 2011 Participants

Interested in starting a regular exercise program and supporting a good cause? Nearly 1,000 women have improved their overall fitness during the 10-year Sole Sisters program and provided close to $50,000 for Susan G. Komen N.C. Triangle affiliate programs.

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Promise of genomics research needs a realistic view

Promise of genomics research needs a realistic view

A new commentary by four internationally prominent genetic medicine and bioethics experts cautions against the dangers of inflated expectations for genomics research and offers ways to avoid it while still realizing “the true – and considerable – promise of the genomic revolution.”

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Family House Diaries: Brotherly Love in the Form of a Stem Cell Donation

Family House Diaries: Brotherly Love in the Form of a Stem Cell Donation

60-year-old Maxine Pender of Edgecombe County receives healthy stem cells from her older brother for a bone marrow transplant, the tried and true treatment for her type of leukemia.

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Weili Lin, PhD appointed Director, UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center

Weili Lin, PhD appointed Director, UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center

This center and its facility enables advanced research in cancer, neuroscience, medical imaging, computer science, drug discovery, nanotechnology, and imaging instrumentation.

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Carey Anders, Katherine Hoadley are first recipients of new brain tumor research award

Carey Anders, Katherine Hoadley are first recipients of new brain tumor research award

Dr. Anders was chosen for her work on the identification of the prognosis and treatment of breast cancer brain metastases. Dr. Hoadley is being recognized for her contributions to a UNC-led analysis of glioblastomas (fast-growing malignant brain tumors).

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: UNC researchers identify a gene critical for heart function

Just in time for Valentine’s Day: UNC researchers identify a gene critical for heart function

It's a gene called DOT1L, and if you don’t have enough of the DOT1L enzyme, you could be at risk for some types of heart disease. These findings by UNC researchers appear in the journal Genes and Development.

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Health E NC Projects to Improve Cancer Prevention, Outcomes

The projects focus on areas of the state where cancers, and in particular breast, lung and colorectal cancers, are common and place a burden on the health of North Carolinians.

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Family House Diaries - How Serious Illness Binds Strangers in Life-enriching Ways

Family House Diaries - How Serious Illness Binds Strangers in Life-enriching Ways

Serious illness most often brings devastating hardship, but it also has the potential to bring blessings with positive impact. Two couples from eastern North Carolina are living proof of how serious illness binds strangers in life-enriching ways.

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Viral protein mimic keeps immune system quiet

Viral protein mimic keeps immune system quiet

A team of researchers led by Blossom Damania, PhD, has shown for the first time that the Kaposi sarcoma virus has a decoy protein that impedes a key molecule involved in the human immune response.

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Biomarker test shows promise for melanoma diagnosis

A new study shows that a test of biomarkers for DNA methylation is technically feasible and could aid in earlier, more precise diagnosis of melanoma.

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Free February 23 Melanoma Patient Day Symposium Features Updates and Support

The program will feature talks by physician/scientists and a patient’s parents on topics ranging from indoor tanning to clinical trials and from genetic testing to psychosocial support for melanoma patients.

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Chaperone enzyme provides new target for cancer treatments

The enzyme, known as Rad18, detects a protein called DNA polymerase eta (Pol eta) and accompanies it to the sites of sunlight-induced DNA damage, enabling accurate repair. When Pol eta is not present, alternative error-prone polymerases take its place – a process that leads to DNA mutations often found in cancer cells.

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