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January 25, 2017

U.S. cancer death rate declines, but work is needed to address loca...

UNC Lineberger researchers Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, called for tailored, local-level cancer prevention, screening and treatment efforts to address regional disparities in cancer mortality rates in an editorial published in JAMA on Tuesday.

Cancer, Education, Social Justice

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Zhen Gu

January 23, 2017

On target: UNC researcher arms platelets to deliver cancer immunoth...

UNC, NCSU biomedical engineering research team’s findings show that engineered platelets can deliver antibodies to kill cancer cells before they can grow or spread elsewhere in the body.

Cancer, Hematology, Research

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January 11, 2017

Cost, technology issues are barriers to real-time cancer patient sy...

In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, professor of medicine and director of UNC Lineberger’s Cancer Outcomes Research Program, addressed the need for – and the barriers preventing – electronic reporting of patients’ symptoms between visits.

Cancer, Research, Technology

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Maki Tanioka

December 14, 2016

For invasive breast cancer, researchers identify biomarkers of trea...

UNC Lineberger researchers reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium they have identified biomarkers they believe can be used as part of a larger model to predict how patients with HER2-positive operative breast cancer will respond to the targeted treatment trastuzumab, commercially known as Herceptin, and chemotherapy.

Breast Cancer, Research, Treatment

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December 14, 2016

Genetic alterations more common in tumors of older patients with me...

In preliminary findings presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, researchers showed that older patients were as likely as younger patients to receive targeted therapy and enroll in therapeutic trials based on their sequencing results.

Breast Cancer, Genetics, Research, Senior Health

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December 14, 2016

Researchers developing model to predict if chemotherapy will work f...

In a study presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Katherine Hoadley, PhD, reported they developed a model that can predict which triple negative breast cancer patients will respond to chemotherapy.

Breast Cancer, Research, Treatment

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December 14, 2016

Brain metastasis persists despite improved targeted treatment for H...

At this year's San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, UNC Lineberger researchers and collaborators shared the outcomes of their investigation into the incidence of brain metastasis after a series of drugs were approved to treat HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, starting with trastuzumab, also known as Herceptin, in the United States in 1998.

Breast Cancer, Neurology, Treatment

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November 21, 2016

A miracle for the Millers

As survivability of many cancers increases, so does the opportunity to help survivors live the lives they’d imagined. Manda Miller thought bouts of Hodgkins Lymphoma at 19 and 27 had taken her chance to have children, but Jennifer Mersereau, MD, at UNC Fertility offered an innovative option for the

UNC Stories

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November 1, 2016

Could targeting a gene linked to microcephaly lead to a better brai...

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dr. Timothy R. Gershon report preclinical findings showing promise for targeting a gene linked to microcephaly in infants as a treatment for medulloblastoma.

Brain Cancer, Cancer, Genetics, Neurology, Treatment

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Louise Henderson

November 1, 2016

Study raises concerns about timely follow-up to positive mammogram ...

In the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers report that uninsured women under age 65 who received their mammogram at community screening clinics in North Carolina were less likely to get follow-up within a year of a positive mammogram, and had higher odds of missing a 60-day window for follow-up care.

Breast Cancer, Research, Social Justice, Treatment

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Charles M. Perou

October 6, 2016

Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scie...

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.

Awards

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October 4, 2016

High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer ...

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.

Cancer, Hematology, Research

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