Cancer

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

Bill Clanton: When He Speaks, Pay Attention

Bill Clanton: When He Speaks, Pay Attention

An 82-year-old resident of Aurora, N.C., is referred to UNC Hospitals for treatment of a nasal cavity cancer in the post of tissue between his nostrils. A multidisciplinary treatment decision, the support of his family and a stay at SECU Family House see him through.

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UNC partners with NIH to explore genomic testing for newborns

UNC partners with NIH to explore genomic testing for newborns

Researchers at UNC plan to sequence the entire genome of 400 infants to determine what useful clinical data can be acquired through the tests.

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RN: Real Nurses - John Collier

RN: Real Nurses - John Collier

As a clinical nurse IV in the outpatient clinics of N.C. Cancer Hospital, Collier plays many roles from nurse manager to caring for patients. He's used to playing different roles though as he's been into drama and theater about as long as he's been in nursing.

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Dr. Norman Sharpless appointed director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Norman Sharpless appointed director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Sharpless succeeds H. Shelton “Shelley” Earp, MD, as center director. Dr. Earp will continue as director of UNC Cancer Care, a role in which he coordinates cancer care and research across the School of Medicine, the University and UNC Health Care System.

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 NIH and UNC researchers define role of protein vinculin in cell movement

NIH and UNC researchers define role of protein vinculin in cell movement

This study shows that cell mobility occurs through the interactions between the protein vinculin and the cytoskeletal lattice formed by the protein actin.

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UNC-Malawi cancer pathology laboratory is a model for Sub-Saharan Africa

UNC-Malawi cancer pathology laboratory is a model for Sub-Saharan Africa

The laboratory has provided an invaluable service to patients and has also built capacity at a national teaching hospital, according to an analysis of the first 20 months of operation published online by PLOS ONE.

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RNA diagnostic test from paraffin improves lung cancer diagnosis over routine microscopic evaluation alone

RNA diagnostic test from paraffin improves lung cancer diagnosis over routine microscopic evaluation alone

Scientists at the Universities of North Carolina and Utah have developed a histology expression predictor for the most common types of lung cancer: adenocarcinoma, carcinoid, small cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

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Lamberth and Shirley Mitchell:  Losing Teeth, but Keeping Spirit and Faith

Lamberth and Shirley Mitchell: Losing Teeth, but Keeping Spirit and Faith

A 65-year-old Person County man is successfully treated for a rare head and neck cancer, but the treatment side effects damaged his teeth and gums. He may have lost his pearly whites, but not his spirit or his faith.

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Factors influencing delay in breast cancer treatment differ for African-American and white women

Scientists found that among white women, household size and losing a job due to one's diagnosis were reasons for delay in treatment, while among African-American women, the type of treatment received influenced delay.

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Outdated practice of annual cervical cancer screenings may cause more harm than good

About half of the obstetrician-gynecologists surveyed in a recent study said they continue to provide annual exams. Drs. Russell Harris and Stacey Sheridan of UNC say this is an outdated practice that may be more harmful than helpful.

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Inhibiting macrophage MerTK signaling creates an innate immune response against cancer

Inhibiting macrophage MerTK signaling creates an innate immune response against cancer

New evidence by a UNC-led team shows that MerTK macrophage action in the microenvironment that surrounds cancer cells blunts the immune response, allowing the tumor cell to grow and metastasize.

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UNC murine study predicts cancer drug responsiveness in human tumors

UNC murine study predicts cancer drug responsiveness in human tumors

A UNC research team found that genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) were able to accurately predict human response to a standard chemotherapy drug combination commonly used in the clinic.

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Cancer drug labels missing key information about patients’ symptoms

Cancer drug labels missing key information about patients’ symptoms

Dr. Ethan Basch of UNC calls for pharmaceutical manufacturers to collect rigorous information on how drugs impact symptoms and quality of life starting early in drug development, and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include this information in drug labels.

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Human and canine lymphomas share molecular similarities, first large-scale comparison shows

Human and canine lymphomas share molecular similarities, first large-scale comparison shows

A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Duke University have conducted one of the first studies to directly compare canine and human B-cell lymphoma by examining molecular similarities and differences between the two species.

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 Researchers identify key player in the genesis of human intestinal immunity

Researchers identify key player in the genesis of human intestinal immunity

Better treatments for people suffering from compromised intestinal immunity may emerge from a small-animal model of human intestinal immune development.

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Kathy DeClue: A Second Chance to Say ‘I Do’

Kathy DeClue: A Second Chance to Say ‘I Do’

Kathy DeClue of Randolph County was featured in Family House Diaries in August 2012. She celebrated the success of a second stem cell transplant for leukemia by renewing her wedding vows with her husband of 41 years before 80 friends and family.

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UNC genetics researcher helps open Smithsonian exhibit

UNC genetics researcher helps open Smithsonian exhibit

Clinical geneticist James Evans, MD, PhD helped to open the exhibition, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. The high-tech, high-intensity display celebrates the 10th anniversary of production of the first complete human genome sequence also known as the genetic blueprint of the human body.

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Eligibility for aspirin for primary prevention in men increases when cancer mortality benefit added

Eligibility for aspirin for primary prevention in men increases when cancer mortality benefit added

A research team, including UNC scientists, reports that including the positive effect of aspirin on cancer mortality influences the threshold for prescribing aspirin for primary prevention in men.

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