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

Normal stem cells made to look and act like cancer stem cells

Normal stem cells made to look and act like cancer stem cells

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, after isolating normal stem cells that form the developing placenta, have given them the same properties of stem cells associated with an aggressive type of breast cancer.

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UNC scientist receives grant to address lung cancer disparities

Samuel Cykert, MD, has received a $1.8 million five-year grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to study “Lung Cancer Surgery: Decisions Against Life Saving Care.”

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Study in roundworm chromosomes may offer new clues to tumor genome development

Study in roundworm chromosomes may offer new clues to tumor genome development

Research led by UNC School of Medicine scientists finds that a "promiscuous DNA replication process" may be responsible for large-scale genome duplications in developing tumors.

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Expressive photography project gives teen cancer patients an outlet, a voice and support

A gallery showing in May will be the culmination of this expressive photography project and support group for teen cancer survivors that has taken place over nine months of meetings, sharing and photography.

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Wang receives National Academy of Sciences grant to develop cancer nanotechnology

Wang receives National Academy of Sciences grant to develop cancer nanotechnology

Andrew Wang, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, has been awarded a $100,000 one-year grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), a program of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine with support from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

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VIDEO: Jessica Breland's Story

VIDEO: Jessica Breland's Story

Jessica Breland is at the top of her game. She is now the 16th Carolina Women's Basketball player in school history to be selected for the WNBA draft, which took place this year on Monday, April 11. Breland was the 13th pick overall, and next year she'll be playing for the New York Liberty. But Breland doesn't take anything for granted. She had to sit out the 2009 - 2010 season while undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at UNC.

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Family House Diaries: A Priceless Friendship

Family House Diaries: A Priceless Friendship

The life-threatening illnesses of their first-born children unite two couples in a friendship that each expects to bind them the rest of their days.

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UNC study helps clarify link between high saturated fat diet and type 2 diabetes

UNC study helps clarify link between high saturated fat diet and type 2 diabetes

New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine adds clarity to the connection. The study published on-line April 10th in the journal Nature Immunology finds that saturated fatty acids but not the unsaturated type can activate immune cells to produce an inflammatory protein, called interleukin-1beta.

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UNC Lineberger scientist receives Innovative Research Grant from Stand Up to Cancer

UNC Lineberger scientist receives Innovative Research Grant from Stand Up to Cancer

Angelique Whitehurst, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded one of 13 Innovative Research Grants from Stand Up to Cancer, the scientific partner of the American Association of Cancer Research.

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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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