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Research briefs

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Feb. 14, 2007

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
awarded Lance Armstrong Foundation grant

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been awarded a one-year $75,000 planning grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to focus on issues of cancer survivorship, particularly among rural and minority North Carolina cancer survivors.

Dr. Marci Campbell, professor of nutrition in UNC’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine and cancer prevention and control program leader for UNC Lineberger, is the principal investigator for the grant and will serve as director.

“This year in the US, there are 10.5 million cancer survivors,” Campbell said. “This growing number speaks to improvements in therapy and care. However, as the Lance Armstrong manifesto states, ‘Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.’ Common long-term issues that cancer survivors are faced with include late adverse effects of treatment, increased risk for other cancers and concerns that include insurance, work, fertility, and survival. As this population increases, survivorship programs are essential both to prevent and control adverse outcomes, to provide optimal follow-up care, surveillance, specific lifestyle recommendations, patent and family genetics counseling, and psychosocial resources.”

Dr. Paul Godley, program co-director and associate professor of medicine in UNC’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health, said the program has two goals for the year. “The first is to create a comprehensive survivorship plan for health care providers, patients and families in conjunction with the clinical services at UNC. Developing such a plan that can be adopted at cancer centers is an aim of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

“Our second goal is to work with existing survivor groups and agencies to establish a network of resources that avoids duplication of effort and that can maximize services, and access to those services, for survivors,” he said. Godley is a member of the cancer epidemiology and clinical research programs at UNC Lineberger.

Community partners included in the program are Area L and Greensboro Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and Tri-County Community Health Council.

Grant leadership team members are Drs. Merle Mishel, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nursing; Marilie Gammon, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health; and Michael O’Malley, UNC Lineberger associate director. The External Advisory Board will include Walter Shepherd, director of the NC Comprehensive Cancer Program, and cancer advocates and survivors.

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UNC Lineberger professor receives
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society grant

Yanping Zhang, assistant professor of radiation oncology in UNC’s School of Medicine, has been named a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar. The five-year, $500,000 grant will fund research on a protein linked to leukemia and lymphoma. A mutated form of the protein appears in both diseases. Zhang’s study of the protein’s function will serve as the basis of further investigation of this protein as a molecular target for cancer therapy. Zhang is a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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UNC Lineberger contact: Dianne Shaw, (919) 966-5905, dgs@med.unc.edu