UNC Lineberger patient Morgan Throckmorton was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 when she was 24 years old. She is now part of a UNC-led trial to test a new drug, Regorafinib.
Two UNC Lineberger faculty, Noel Brewer, PhD, associate professor of health behavior and health education in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Karen Mohlke, PhD, associate professor of genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, have received the 2011 Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill - Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy is highly challenging for many patients. Clara Lee, MD, MPP, a UNC School of Medicine physician/scientist, has received a five-year grant award to examine patients’ decision-making process about reconstruction and the effects of reconstruction on quality of life and body image. The $862,700.00 career development award to the plastic and reconstructive surgeon is from the National Institutes of Health.
Peer Connect provides training for cancer survivors who wish to "give back" by talking with or being a buddy to another patient or survivor. Peer Connect meets a need for more formalized training for the "guides" or peer counselors by teaching effective communication skills and strategies based on Motivational Interviewing (MI), which focuses on listening and meeting the needs of the recipient rather than giving advice or telling people what to do.
Chapel Hill, NC – Lawrence B. Marks, MD, chairman of the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology, has been appointed the Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. The professorship, established by a $500K gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas, is named in honor of Mr. Loewenbaum’s grandfather, Dr. Sidney K. Simon.
Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior and health education at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows, the White House recently announced.
Susan McKenney, APRN, BC, MSN, OCN, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, has been selected by NBC 17, along with Chapel Hill and Durham magazines, as a Super 17 Nurse.
Chapel Hill, NC – Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD, was recruited to UNC in 2009 with the help of the University Cancer Research Fund. Now she is a recipient of two grants that have helped establish her own laboratory to look into the causes of chronic Graft vs. Host Disease. Sarantopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Microbiology and Immunology and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Raleigh-Durham Area Hyundai Dealers today awarded Ian Davis, MD, PhD, a $100,000 grant to support research into the causes of and treatments for pediatric sarcoma. Davis, assistant professor of pediatrics and genetics and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 71 recipients of Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ 2011 Hope Grant program, where $7.1 million will be awarded to support research and programs in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Men who are 40 years old or older, or who have a family history of prostate cancer, may make an appointment in advance by calling 919-966-1316. Walk-ins are also accepted.
The UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program is sponsoring a monthly community educational series called “Cancer Conversations.” Featuring UNC physicians and others, the series is a time intended to help people learn from and talk with cancer experts. The sessions will be held the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm: September 20, October 18, November 15 (no session in December).
Close to 40 participants braved Hurricane Irene to learn how to be effective advocates for lung cancer.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. It takes life-saving research to Conquer Kids’ Cancer! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a $330,000 St. Baldrick’s Scholar award to Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, and assistant professor of neurology at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill - A UNC-led study has shown the potential for nanotechnology therapy for ovarian cancer. Scientists at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke University Medical Center conducted a preclinical study using nanoparticle technology to deliver doses of chemo- and radiotherapy that specifically targeted metastasized ovarian cancer cells, eradicating the cancer and lessening the toxicities often associated with the treatment.
Causes of African-American breast cancer incidence study receives $19.3M: UNC partners to form largest US database
Chapel Hill - UNC scientist Robert Millikan will partner with Christine Ambrosone, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Julie R. Palmer, of Boston University, in the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women.
Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, is quoted in the Health section of USA Today's website.
A grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research is helping to fund skin cancer research at UNC Lineberger.
Proteins made by cancer cells focus of effort
Each month the Patient Resource Cancer Guide recognizes an oncology nurse who exhibits dedication and compassion for his/her patients and profession - Delma Armstrong, BSN, RN, OCN, is the featured oncology nurse for June 2011.
An expert interview with Laura Linnan, ScD, CHES, is featured in News & Views, a publication of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).
Charles Perou, PhD, appointed May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professorship of Molecular Oncology Research
Chapel Hill, NC – Charles M. Perou, PhD, professor of genetics, and pathology & laboratory medicine, and leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center breast cancer research program has been appointed the May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professor of Molecular Oncology Research. The professorship, established by a $1 million gift from Wally (class of ’66) and Lil Loewenbaum of Austin, Texas is named in honor of Mrs. Lowenbaum’s mother, May Goldman Shaw.
Cancer is a leading cause of widowed fatherhood in the United States. Faculty with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program authored a commentary titled “Single Fatherhood Due to Cancer” in the August issue of the journal Psycho-Oncology outlining challenges these fathers face and future directions to develop supportive interventions for them and their children.
New television ads for UNC Cancer Care are now airing. As we launch the UNC Cancer Care brand, we hope these ads reflect a little bit of what our outstanding clinical care programs are all about. Be sure to look for them on television! The ads can also be viewed below.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – In a kind of molecular gymnastics, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have devised a gene therapy cocktail that has the potential to treat some inherited diseases associated with “misfolded” proteins.
Chapel Hill - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Joseph DeSimone, PhD, will partner with scientists at two universities and a local biotechnology company to develop a nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation awarded the UNC-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard-Johns Hopkins-Liquidia Technologies consortium a Challenge Award of $1 million, one of ten such awards funded by the organization.
Stephan Moll, MD, is quoted in an article titled "Blood Clots Pose Threat to All of Us," published today on Fox Business' website.
Six new residents have begun their training with the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology.
Karyn Stitzenberg, MD, MPH, is quoted in an article titled "Tracking the Rise of Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer" published in the August 9, 2011 issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin.
Marci Campbell, PhD, MPH, RD, authored a guest editorial titled "Cancer is a Team Sport" for the August 2011 issue of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Angelique Whitehurst, PhD, and her Stand Up to Cancer research grant were featured in an article in the August 2011 issue of Nature Medicine.
Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, talks with Kristy Villa, one of the hosts of Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act" about colon cancer.
Chapel Hill, NC – Lisa A. Carey, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the UNC Breast Center and Associate Director for Clinical Research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been appointed The Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research.
Discovery may have implications for many diseases
Project will assess needs and work to accelerate adoption of evidence-based cancer prevention interventions
RALEIGH, NC – Crown Imports announced today that the highly successful “Corona Cares” charitable donation program in North Carolina will kick off on August 1 to benefit patients and families at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
Male circumcision lowers prevalence of penile precancerous lesions among African men, UNC study finds
Chapel Hill - A University of North Carolina-led international study shows that among Kenyan men, circumcision is associated with a lower prevalence of human papillomavirus-associated precancerous lesions of the penis.
The article "Oncologists by day, rock stars by night” written by Rachel Saslow and published in The Washington Post on July 25, 2011 features the band, N.E.D (which stands for “No Evidence of Disease”).
Ken Jacobson, PhD, Kenan Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the UNC School of Medicine, received the Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Applications at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.
Taking a look at telemedicine: program director talks about how it’s helping to fulfill UNC Lineberger’s mission
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The article "Telemedicine: Know why you're doing it " published online July 21, 2011 in Cardiovascular Business highlights the use of telemedicine at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
CHAPEL HILL – For decades, scientists have known that DNA consists of four basic units – adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine. Those four bases have been taught in science textbooks and have formed the basis of the growing knowledge regarding how genes code for life. Yet in recent history, scientists have expanded that list from four to six.
Collaboration between University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Canadian scientists has resulted in a molecular probe capable of specifically targeting two proteins that affect a wide range of biological functions in humans by controlling the expression of certain genes.
Using a patient’s genetic information can be successfully used to manage the drug concentrations of tamoxifen, a drug used to treat and prevent breast cancer.
Chapel Hill, NC - Robert Adams, EdD, RT, CMD; Bahjat Qaqish, MD, PhD; and Jessica A. Church, BS, RT, all from UNC, and Kimberly L. MetCalf, EdD, RT, MR, from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions are the winners of the 2010-2011 Jean I. Widger Distinguished Author Award from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Six new fellows have joined the Division of Hematology/Oncology.
Chapel Hill - A new fellowship training program in psychosomatic medicine is beginning at UNC, a partnership of the UNC School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, part of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Chapel Hill - Channing Der, PhD, Kenan Professor of Pharmacology, and Yue Xiong, PhD, Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, have been awarded the fourth annual Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award in recognition of their accomplishments in cancer research. Both are members of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
American life expectancies, which have climbed steadily for almost a century, may drop in years to come as the obesity epidemic progresses.
Technology used to promote better health and cancer prevention statewide
Chapel Hill - Thomas Shea, MD, will serve a two-year term as chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). He was previously elected as chair-elect. The Advisory Committee establishes policy for, and provides scientific direction to the CIBMTR.
UNC completes miRNA and array analysis
Recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and former UNC Women’s Basketball player Jessica Breland – who now plays in the WNBA for the New York Liberty – was honored with the the 23rd annual Honda Inspiration Award.
Chapel Hill - The human immune system is a double-edged sword. While it is finely adapted to fighting potentially deadly viruses, such as the H1N1 influenza, the mechanisms it uses to fight pathogens can have negative effects such as inflammatory disorders or autoimmune diseases.
New drugs should work for rare blood disorder
Chapel Hill - UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center honored three clinical oncology fellows with $5,000 awards for their research accomplishments and clinical excellence. These first-ever awards were given to Daniel Higginson, MD, Autumn McRee, MD, and Emma Rossi, MD.
Gary Rosson was honored by the NC Triangle Komen Race for the Cure as the 2011 winner of the Co-Survivor Award. Rosson is a research associate in the lab of UNC Lineberger faculty member Scott Bultman.
Dr. Shelley Earp, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center director, joined Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, on ABC 11’s Heart of Carolina Perspectives show which aired on Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Finding points new direction for study of chronic Hepatitis C
Input sought from Fayetteville’s African-American and Latino communities
Each year, the President’s Cancer Panel assembles a group of experts to provide official testimony about the nation’s cancer agenda. The theme changes annually – for 2009-2010 the panel focused on “America’s Demographic and Cultural Transformation: Implications for Cancer.” A full report was released this spring.
2011 Statesman Award honors extraordinary voluntary efforts
UNC Lineberger’s Fellowship Program in Hematology/Oncology is being recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) this weekend at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The article "Why do men die earlier?" written by Bridget Murray-Law and published in the June 2011 issue of Monitor on Psychology, looks at new research that analyzes how men take care of themselves.
Dr. Stuart Gold is division chief of UNC Lineberger's pediatric hematology and oncology program.
LIVESTRONG® Survivorship Center of Excellence Network to Host Landmark Meeting on Survivorship Care and Advocacy in Response to 2011 Report Findings
Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15-16. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of a collaborative effort among leading medical institutions brought together by LIVESTRONG.
Data will help scientists worldwide design better experiments.
University Cancer Research Fund updates, record poster session highlights of 2011 scientific retreat
The sixth annual UNC Lineberger scientific retreat drew a record number of posters – 68 – for the poster session and competition – and close to 150 people for the talks and reception.
Chapel Hill - Tacrolimus, a drug that is commonly used to prevent organ transplantation rejection, inhibits breast cancer growth in pre-clinical studies. The finding from UNC scientists was reported in the May 26th Public Library of Science.
Tom May used to donate blood, but not often. If he had it to do over, he’d give as much as possible. But he can’t.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Carol Otey, PhD talks about the hope & health that has resulted from recent pancreatic research & collaboration on the May 14, 2011 broadcast of Here's to Your Health.
Chapel Hill - When cancer patients experience medical problems, they may visit emergency departments, but how often and for what reasons, there is little data.
A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study has joined the ranks of an elite group of programs recognized for their contributions to reducing cancer.
Innovative collaboration between physics and cell biology demonstrates pathway
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Dr. Carolyn Sartor discussed the “New Life After Cancer” organization on the April 28, 2011 broadcast of Here's to Your Health. Dr. Sartor is a breast cancer survivor and former Chair of Radiation Oncology at UNC.
Richard Goldberg, MD, distinguished professor and chief of the division of hematology/oncology, has been appointed to chair the 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Steering Committee on behalf of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
The 35th annual UNC Lineberger scientific symposium attracted more than 530 participants. Held at the Friday Center on April 27-28, 2011, the event featured speakers on "Cell Metabolism and Cancer."
NCCU-UNC Lineberger scientific collaboration yields new findings
Prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program builds pipeline of women leaders
CHAPEL HILL – Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, after isolating normal stem cells that form the developing placenta, have given them the same properties of stem cells associated with an aggressive type of breast cancer.
Chapel Hill, NC - Samuel Cykert, MD, has received a $1.8 million five-year grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to study “Lung Cancer Surgery: Decisions Against Life Saving Care.”
The UNC-Mission Hospital Cancer Partnership, part of the UNC Cancer Network, welcomes Candace Cox, RN, OCN, to the program staff.
Local show features UNC Lineberger
A study of DNA rearrangements in roundworm chromosomes may offer new insight into large-scale genome duplications that occur in developing tumors.
UNC physician scientist receives National Academy of Sciences grant to develop cancer nanotechnology
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine adds clarity to the connection. The study published on-line April 10th in the journal Nature Immunology finds that saturated fatty acids but not the unsaturated type can activate immune cells to produce an inflammatory protein, called interleukin-1beta.
"Tet is likely to be one of the important players for stem cell reprogramming."
Prestigious Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Grant funds preclinical studies
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - On Friday, March 11, a group of nurses gathered for a UNC Health Care Grand Rounds presentation by Jerome Schiro, RN, MN, OCN, Pat Decator, RN, BSN, OCN, and Amy De Pue, RN, BS, OCN.
UNC researchers working toward a rehabilitation road map
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - My Colon Cancer Coach, a new website that launched this week, serves as a tool to help people diagnosed with colon cancer.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The article "Next Generation Treatment for Triple-Negative and Basal-Cell Breast Cancer" written by Jonathan Batchelor and published on the website cancernetwork.com on March 9, 2011 features an interview with UNC Lineberger member Lisa Carey, MD.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A UNC study released this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds an increasing incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral tongue in young white females in the United States over the last three decades.
C.A.R.E. Behind the Chair® program scheduled for May9
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Federico Innocenti, MD, PhD, has been appointed associate professor of pharmacy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He will serve as associate director of the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy and a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A Triangle-based UNC spinoff company at the forefront of efforts to use nanotechnology to tackle diseases has received a $10 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
UNC Lineberger Physician Co-Author of Study of Screening Mammography in Women with Personal History of Breast Cancer
James P. Evans, MD, PhD is lead author of a commentary about the potential of genomic medicine.
Weili Lin, PhD, has been appointed Director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC).
UNC Lineberger member Kurt Ribisl, PhD, was part of the study's research team.
Sixty physicians at the University of North Carolina Hospitals are listed in the latest version of “America’s Top Doctors,” a compilation that is published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Of those, 32 are members of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center or involved in UNC Cancer Care’s multidisciplinary programs.
Richard Goldberg, MD is physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital and UNC Lineberger associate director of clinical research.
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new rules restricting outdoor tobacco advertising near schools and playgrounds in 2009, the tobacco industry argued that such rules would lead to a near complete ban on tobacco advertising in urban areas. An article in the March 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that the effect of these rules would be less severe on businesses than the industry contends.
The article discusses Bernard’s work with the UNC Palliative Care Program and the Supportive Care Consult Service and Clinic.
Anders was chosen for her work on breast cancer brain metastases. Hoadley was selected for her contributions to the analysis of glioblastomas.
The Henry family shares the story of brothers Collin and Patrick, both diagnosed with cancer and receiving care at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
UNC Lineberger members are involved in over 20 active startups.
It's a gene called DOT1L, and if you don't have enough of the DOT1L enzyme, you could be at risk for some types of heart disease.
Interested in starting a regular exercise program and supporting a good cause?
University Cancer Research Fund Enables Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems
Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus produces a protein that blocks the cell's inflammatory response
C. elegans model shows how RAS oncogene switching determines a cell's fate
Researchers investigating a genetic mutation in brain cancer and leukemia patients have discovered how one cancer metabolite battles another normal metabolite to contribute cancer development. Helping the “good guys” win that battle could yield new approaches for treatment.
Heartfelt thanks to the staff of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, fellow UNC employees, our volunteers, patients, families, and friends. The Oncology Winter Coat Drive was a tremendous success - 107 winter coats were collected and distributed to our families and their caregivers throughout the month of January until February 11, 2011. Hats, scarves, gloves, and socks were added to each winter coat selection as needed. A very special Valentine’s Day thank you to all for sharing your hearts!
An Interview With Oncology Clinical Pharmacist John Valgus, PharmD, BCOP, CPP
UNC Lineberger Primary Benefactor for the Wachovia Tar Heel 10 Miler - Chapel Hill's Largest Running Event
Technology developed by UNC Lineberger members may lead to diagnostic test
Resulting Database to Yield Big Gains for Genetic Scientists
Normal humans produce a novel, circular form of non-coding RNA that regulates aging
UNC Hospitals is one of 378 facilities in the world, and among only 6 percent of all U.S. hospitals, that have earned Magnet designation.
Organization will receive The Artist in Residence Program to help people affected by cancer
G-Zero Therapeutics funded under Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project
In a study published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the results of a clinical trial of the drug bevacizumab to treat colon cancer in combination with the standard therapy found that the drug did not significantly increase disease-free survival in patients with stage II and stage III colon cancer.
Cell signaling protein may hold key to blocking long-studied genetic mutation
$11.9 Million in awards to address cancer disparities
N.C. native John Isner and doubles partner Sam Querrey to host
ABC Anchor Robin Roberts Guest of Honor at Kickoff Event
Project Focuses on Efficient, Low-Cost Genetic Analysis
UNC Scientists Receive Grant to Develop Nanotechnology for Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
National Cancer Institute awards $13.6 million to UNC's Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
The article "How Old Are You, Really?" written by Mark Derewicz and published in the Fall 2010 issue of Endeavors magazine features UNC Lineberger member Ned Sharpless, MD. Dr. Sharpless is an associate professor of medicine and genetics and associate director for translational research at UNC Lineberger.
Part of UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program
UNC Lineberger team will examine minority, underserved populations
Hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, July 20, 2010
UNC researchers reveal how a protein called Tet1 helps stem cells keep their “stemness” in a paper published in Nature.
UNC's Goldberg a Key Contributor
This news story was originally published on June 17, 2010 by Campbell University. Reprinted with permission
Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, Co-Director of UNC’s Interdisciplinary Melanoma Program, talks about sun safety and early detection of skin cancer
Evans is director of clinical cancer genetics at UNC Lineberger. Article originally published in the June 27, 2010 issue of Newsday.
Discovery has potential for cancer patients and disaster victims
Strategic Partnership to Advance Nanotechnology-Based Diagnosis and Treatment
UNC Lineberger Genetics Policy, Law, Medicine Expert Discusses March 29, 2010 US District Court Gene Patenting Ruling
Group Received ASCO 2010 Clinical Trial Participation Award
James Bear PhD, and Klaus Hahn, PhD, Directors
UNC-developed technique has broad applications in cancer, biomedical research
Program brings top cancer expertise to the Outer Banks
Local Group Bikes Across the Country to Raise Money for UNC Lineberger