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

Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scientific honor

Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scientific honor

Susan G. Komen announced UNC Lineberger researcher Charles M. Perou, PhD, as the recipient of this year's Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science for his contributions to the understanding of breast cancer as distinct molecular subtypes that have prognostic value using cutting-edge cancer genomics tools.

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High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

In the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC Lineberger researchers report that nearly a third of a group of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, and who have federally-funded Medicare health insurance, did not start treatment within six months of diagnosis with any of three targeted drugs that have led to dramatic improvements in survival for the disease.

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Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

In an analysis of survival data for a population of patients with a particular type of head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers confirmed that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to multiple cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients with other strains of the virus.

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Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function, feel during treatment and after

Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function, feel during treatment and after

A UNC Lineberger study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment drew upon surveys that assessed health-related quality of life issues for women aged 20 to 74 years who lived in North Carolina and had breast cancer. The analysis was part of the third phase of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study.

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Biology discovery: tight DNA packaging protects against ‘jumping genes,’ potential cellular destruction

Biology discovery: tight DNA packaging protects against ‘jumping genes,’ potential cellular destruction

UNC study indicates that the “heterochromatin” form of DNA packaging mainly guards against virus-like genetic elements that destroy genes and destabilize the genome, a precursor of disease.

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Study finds links between physicians setting cancer care guidelines and drug industry

Study finds links between physicians setting cancer care guidelines and drug industry

UNC Lineberger researchers, led by Aaron Mitchell, MD, found a high prevalence of financial relationships among authors who helped develop a leading set of cancer care guidelines in the United States in a study published in JAMA Oncology. They say the work lays the foundation for future studies of whether the payments influenced clinical practice or guideline recommendations.

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Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

In a paper published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association, UNC Lineberger physician-researchers led by Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, raised concerns that there are inconsistencies between the five reference guides, or compendia, that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services uses to determine which drugs it will reimburse for off-label uses in cancer care.

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Majority of parents support HPV vaccination requirements for school, but only with opt-outs

Majority of parents support HPV vaccination requirements for school, but only with opt-outs

A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause.

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Researchers use genetics to probe immune system’s role in fighting cancer

Researchers use genetics to probe immune system’s role in fighting cancer

Findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute show that immune cells do not respond the same way to all tumor types. The study, led by UNC Lineberger researcher Benjamin Vincent, MD, could lay the foundation for the discovery of biomarkers to determine which patients might respond to certain immune-stimulating cancer treatments.

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UNC scientist’s drive for a cancer cure inspired by the father he doesn’t remember

UNC scientist’s drive for a cancer cure inspired by the father he doesn’t remember

Zhen Gu, a biomedical engineer at the University of North Carolina and N.C. State University, is featured in STAT News for his work on cancer.

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The Patient Provider

The Patient Provider

UNC graduate Danielle Harris was just 26 years old when she found out she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her diagnosis forced her to take a break from the Campbell University PA Program. Thanks to her strength and faith, the support of family and friends, and pediatric chemotherapy treatments and her care team at UNC, she's back in school and seeing patients for the first time. The experience, she says, will make her a better provider.

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Insurance, distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

Insurance, distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

Researchers say breast reconstruction can help with self-esteem, sexuality and body image after cancer treatment. But a UNC Lineberger study led by Michelle Roughton, MD, has found that the type of insurance a woman has as well as distance to a plastic surgeon's office can be barriers to the procedure.

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Blood clots and cancer: UNC professor identifies research priorities for National Institutes of Health

Blood clots and cancer: UNC professor identifies research priorities for National Institutes of Health

Nigel Key, director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, led a national initiative to prioritize research in studying the prevalence and mechanisms of venous thrombosis in cancer patients.

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UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers

UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers

The researchers point out in a commentary published in Annals of Family Medicine that existing treatments are more effective than e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.

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Finding the Next Step

Finding the Next Step

Blossom Damania, PhD, has built her research career tackling difficult questions in cancer and global health research. As she begins her new role as Vice Dean for Research, she’s considering one more: What’s next?

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Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three N.C. regions

Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three N.C. regions

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dr. William A. Wood found that for patients treated in a hospital, the risk of death from acute myeloid leukemia was elevated in three regions of the state compared to a benchmark.

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Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

Researchers discover how faulty genetic instructions drive a deadly blood cancer in adults

A study by UNC Lineberger researcher G. Greg Wang, PhD, and colleagues uncovered the genetic mechanism for how acute myeloid leukemia cells with a specific DNA mutation stay as undifferentiated cells, rather than maturing into healthy blood cells.

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Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care

More than one-in-four cancer patients had to pay more for medical care than they could afford, according to a study led by UNC Lineberger member Stacie Dusetzina, PhD. A reported 18 percent were unable to afford their prescription medications.

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Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought sterile

Bacteria found in female upper reproductive tract, once thought sterile

In a preliminary finding (abstract 5568) presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD and Temitope Keku, PhD revealed they have found bacteria in the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Researchers also uncovered a trend toward a distinct bacterial profile in women with ovarian cancer.

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