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

 Researchers find potential key to unlocking the immune system in pancreatic cancer

Researchers find potential key to unlocking the immune system in pancreatic cancer

In the journal Cancer Immunology Research, scientists led by UNC Lineberger's Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, revealed that a molecule called interleukin-35 plays a role in suppressing cancer-fighting immune cells in pancreatic cancer.

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Pecot featured in story about becoming a doctor and researcher

Pecot featured in story about becoming a doctor and researcher

UNC Lineberger oncologist and cancer researcher Chad Pecot, MD, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 20, now works to stop the spread of lung cancer.

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 Discovery of kidney cancer driver could lead to new treatment strategy

Discovery of kidney cancer driver could lead to new treatment strategy

In a study published in the journal Science, researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Qing Zhang, PhD, suggest that ZHX2 is a potential new therapeutic target for clear cell renal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of kidney cancer.

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Buy your tickets to Be Loud! 2018, a concert to support AYA cancer program at UNC Lineberger

Buy your tickets to Be Loud! 2018, a concert to support AYA cancer program at UNC Lineberger

The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation will hold its annual concert weekend fundraiser at Cat's Cradle August 24 and 25. Tickets are now available. ALL proceeds fund the AYA Cancer Support Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC School of Medicine graduate students earn prestigious HHMI Gilliam Fellowships

UNC School of Medicine graduate students earn prestigious HHMI Gilliam Fellowships

Megan Agajanian, in the lab of Ben Major, PhD, and Juanita Limas, in the lab of Jean Cook, PhD, will receive up to $150,000 each to support their biomedical research at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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By sending tests in the mail, researchers boost colorectal cancer screening

By sending tests in the mail, researchers boost colorectal cancer screening

Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, researchers with UNC Lineberger’s Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative, in collaboration with the Mecklenburg County Health Department in Charlotte, examined the impact of targeted outreach to more than 2,100 people insured by Medicaid who were not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.

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 Researchers clarify role of mutations in glioblastoma

Researchers clarify role of mutations in glioblastoma

In a preclinical study, researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Ryan Miller, MD, PhD, investigated whether the location of where the mutation occurred within the sequence of the PIK3CA gene affected the mutation’s ability to help drive cancerous growth. They also evaluated whether the location of the mutation would affect the cancer's response to certain treatments.

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 UNC Lineberger, King's College London scientists collaborate to accelerate cancer research

UNC Lineberger, King's College London scientists collaborate to accelerate cancer research

Across two days in June, scientists held sessions on breast cancer and immunotherapy research, with a focus on identifying cooperative initiatives and funding opportunities.

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UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Third Annual Class of Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

UNC School of Medicine Celebrates Third Annual Class of Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

The award, which recognizes the research achievements of young tenured faculty, is made possible through a generous donation from Lenovo chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang with additional financial support from Mr. To Hing Wu. This year’s recipients are Yen-Yu Ian Shih, Louise Henderson, and Jon Juliano.

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Kuhlman wins DeLano Award for computer applications to enhance research

Kuhlman wins DeLano Award for computer applications to enhance research

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology issued 12 awards to top scientists, including Brian Kuhlman, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics.

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 UNC Lineberger hosts Malawi delegation

UNC Lineberger hosts Malawi delegation

A team of Malawian health and government officials met with UNC health and university leaders, researchers and clinical staff across three days to prepare for the opening of the first dedicated cancer center in Malawi.

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Higher body fat linked to lower breast cancer risk in younger women

Higher body fat linked to lower breast cancer risk in younger women

An analysis co-led led by UNC Lineberger's Hazel B. Nichols, PhD, linked higher body mass index to lower breast cancer risk for younger women, even for women within a normal weight range.

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Scientists discover new gene expression mechanism with possible role in human disease

Scientists discover new gene expression mechanism with possible role in human disease

UNC School of Medicine researchers, led by Brian Strahl, PhD, found surprising role for a protein called Spt6, which is crucial to the maintenance of proper messenger RNA levels in cells, a discovery that opens new research avenues and suggests a target for basic understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.

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Parents ranked cancer prevention as No. 1 provider reason for HPV vaccination

Parents ranked cancer prevention as No. 1 provider reason for HPV vaccination

A survey led by UNC Lineberger's Melissa Gilkey, PhD, and collaborators found that parents ranked cancer prevention as the most compelling reason health care providers can give for recommending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

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UNC Lineberger among national leaders endorsing goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers in the US

UNC Lineberger among national leaders endorsing goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers in the US

The directors of the 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, including UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, have issued a joint statement endorsing gender-neutral HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening.

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More frequent screening after prostate cancer treatment not linked to improved survival

More frequent screening after prostate cancer treatment not linked to improved survival

A study by UNC Lineberger's Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, and colleagues assessed whether monitoring prostate cancer patients following treatment with a PSA test every three months versus once a year would provide a long-term survival benefit.

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Blood mutations could contaminate genetic analyses of tumors

Blood mutations could contaminate genetic analyses of tumors

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and colleagues led by Catherine C. Coombs, MD, show that blood cell mutations accounted for as many as 8 percent of the mutations identified in large-scale genetic sequencing efforts at two major academic centers.

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T cells alone are sufficient to establish and maintain HIV infection in the brain

T cells alone are sufficient to establish and maintain HIV infection in the brain

Led by J. Victor Garcia, PhD, UNC researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that T cells in the brain may be an important HIV reservoir that should be targeted by HIV cure approaches.

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Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Bae-Jump’s new research explores the origins of racial disparities in endometrial cancer

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, was recently awarded grant funding totaling more than $800,000 to further her research on the underlying biological factors that may influence the development and mortality of endometrial cancer in both Caucasian and African-American women.

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Melanoma survivors share stories of recovery amid treatment advances

Melanoma survivors share stories of recovery amid treatment advances

The seminar “Understanding Melanoma: From Prevention to Treatment" was hosted by the UNC Lineberger and the Melanoma Research Foundation on May 14 for patients and caregivers at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. Physicians, researchers, patients and staff spoke about advances in treatment and care for melanoma, research and prevention, as well as best practices to address the psychosocial aspects of care.

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