Cancer

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

A Daughter’s Calling

A Daughter’s Calling

A science class captured Catherine Fahey’s imagination. A mother’s battle with cancer led her to pursue medicine as a career. At UNC, Fahey found a home at the junction of research and patient care.

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Balancing Benefits and Harms: UNC Aims to Get Lung Cancer Screening Right

Balancing Benefits and Harms: UNC Aims to Get Lung Cancer Screening Right

When it comes to meeting the challenge of implementing new lung cancer screening guidelines, UNC is taking a multidisciplinary approach. Led by Daniel S. Reuland, MD MPH, Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, the UNC project on Supporting Appropriate Implementation of Lung cancer Screening (SAILS) is bringing together institutional experts as well as patient stakeholders to find ways to realize the benefits while minimizing the harms of the newly recommended screening test for lung cancer.

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UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and eight other leading cancer research institutions have won a five-year, $12 million grant to try to find treatments for a group of cancers linked to mutations in the NF1 gene.

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Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from Norway visited the cancer center last week to learn firsthand about UNCseq, a clinical trial launched in 2011 at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. In the trial, researchers use a profile of the genetic and molecular alterations in patients' tumors to try to identify targeted treatments for them.

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UNC-Chapel Hill researchers awarded $11.3 million for cancer nanotechnology research

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers awarded $11.3 million for cancer nanotechnology research

An $11.3 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund four studies by researchers with the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

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Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to-date

Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to-date

A UNC Lineberger-led study, published today in Nature Genetics, paves the way for potential personalized medicine approaches for the deadly cancer type.

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Liam Canard receives his wish: a backyard batting cage

Liam Canard receives his wish: a backyard batting cage

Fourteen-year-old star baseball player Liam Canard, of Raleigh, has been playing baseball throughout his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Yesterday, thanks to Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina, Liam received a gift that will help him hone his hitting while also taking his mind off his journey with cancer, and local media was there to cover it. View and read our wrap-up of media coverage, which includes Liam, his family, and pediatric hematologist-oncologist Dr. Patrick Thompson.

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Biomedical engineer Zhen Gu, PhD, tabbed as top young innovator

Biomedical engineer Zhen Gu, PhD, tabbed as top young innovator

The editors of the MIT Technology Review highlighted Gu’s work on a novel way to monitor and treat diabetes.

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Landmark study validates method for patient reporting of cancer drug-related adverse events

Landmark study validates method for patient reporting of cancer drug-related adverse events

In an article published in JAMA Oncology today, a study led by UNC Lineberger's Ethan Basch and colleagues shows that a system they developed accurately and reliably captures the patient experience with cancer drug side effects.

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Comprehending Chemotaxis

Comprehending Chemotaxis

James Bear, PhD, uncovers the intricate mechanisms that allow certain cells to move, discoveries with implications for cancer metastasis.

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Scientists identify gene vital for rebuilding intestine after cancer treatment

Protecting the gastrointestinal system during chemotherapy or radiation could allow patients to tolerate more aggressive treatments to attack tumors.

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Paying it Forward

Paying it Forward

Ten-year-old Ellie Stewart was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma in February. Her only plans for the summer were to finish her chemotherapy treatment at N.C. Children’s Hospital. Then she received a surprise gift: tickets to attend Taylor Swift’s June 9 concert in Raleigh. Now Ellie has some memories to help carry her through.

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New antibody portal bolsters biomedical research reliability

New antibody portal bolsters biomedical research reliability

UNC’s Brian Strahl, PhD, and Van Andel Research Institute’s Scott Rothbart, PhD, create a robust online interactive database to address science’s ‘antibody crisis’.

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A Good Heart

A Good Heart

High school dropout, Green Beret medic who served three tours in Iraq, Special Forces medic instructor at Fort Bragg, lymphoma fighter who is free of cancer today, and future physician and researcher -- the remarkable path to medicine of rising third-year UNC medical student Eric Strand.

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Imagining a New Kind of Image

Imagining a New Kind of Image

Graduate student Sarah Shelton reinvented herself from a dancer to a scientist. Now, she’s creating a new ultrasound technique to improve cancer diagnostics.

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Cellular Insides

Cellular Insides

A freshman professor when Michael Jordan was a first-year student-athlete, Keith Burridge, PhD, has dedicated his career to elucidating the intricate structures of cells that allow cancers to metastasize.

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A new era for genetic interpretation

A new era for genetic interpretation

UNC Lineberger researchers are collaborating through the ClinGen consortium to pinpoint disease-causing genetic variants.

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A beloved doctor inspires a continuum of compassion

A beloved doctor inspires a continuum of compassion

The latest installment in the Family House Diaries video series features Dr. Tom Shea, the Director and Founder of UNC's Bone Marrow Transplant Program, and Joe and Veatrice Harris of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

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A Complete Team

A Complete Team

Nearly a year ago, thirteen-year-old Liam Canard, of Raleigh, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although his fight against the disease goes on today, he has already won by continuing to do what he loves.

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UNC analysis shows advantage for picture-based cigarette pack warnings over text warnings

UNC analysis shows advantage for picture-based cigarette pack warnings over text warnings

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis published today in the journal Tobacco Control synthesized the results of 37 different experiments comparing picture-based and text warnings, finding that picture-based warnings were more effective than text warnings on 20 of 25 different outcome measures.

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