The average age of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer is 63, so it is critical to have effective proven, therapies for an older patient population. But older women with breast cancer are underrepresented in clinic trials, so there is little data on the effects of chemotherapy used in addition to other therapies such as surgery.
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that defects in one tumor-suppressor gene, called p18, may override the rest, eventually leading to cancer.
An 18-year-old man from Uganda – with help from the Children’s Heart Project of Samaritan’s Purse and Rotary International’s Gift of Life program – will have a catheter-based heart repair procedure at the N.C. Children's Hospital on Monday, May 18.
This is the first in a new series from UNC Health Care that focuses on the stories of UNC Hospitals patients and their families who live at the States Employees' Credit Union Family House in Chapel Hill while receiving or awaiting treatment.