UNC helps cancer patients, families shift into survival mode (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 Like being dropped off a cliff. That’s how many patients describe the difficult transition from their initial cancer treatment to cancer survivorship, says Marci Campbell, PhD, MPH. And that’s something she and others at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are addressing. Last year, LIVESTRONG... Read more »

Breastfeeding: good for babies, good for moms (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 Breastfeeding is great for babies and moms, offering the best nutrition along with bonding opportunities. Now, studies show that breastfeeding cuts the risk of breast cancer as well. How? Breastfeeding appears to lower the levels of cancer-related hormones. At the end of lactation, the mother’s body also gets rid of many breast... Read more »

Fight against tobacco moves to cyberspace (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 The drop in the number of Americans who smoke, from 42.4 percent in 1965 to just under 20 percent in 2007, is touted as one of the great public health success stories in the 20th century. Given the well-known link between smoking and lung cancer, Kurt Ribisl, PhD, is working to ensure... Read more »

Some nutrients can increase risk for lung cancer (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 There’s no question that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy. If you can’t kick the habit, however, you may want to rethink what dietary supplements you take each day. A new study led by Jessie Satia, PhD, suggests that supplements that contain some of the same nutrients found in fruits and vegetables can increase... Read more »

Studying the link between sialic acid and colon cancer (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 What is it about red meat and dairy products that increases people’s risk of developing colon cancer? Eric Park, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is determined to solve that puzzle. Park’s research focuses on the relationship between diet and cancer. He is... Read more »

Finding the best chemotherapy for you (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 Imagine you’re a cancer patient, about to discuss chemotherapy with your doctor. But first, the lab draws some blood. Now, imagine that simple act allows your oncologist to pinpoint what kind of chemotherapy you would respond to best — and rule out therapies that would do you no good. Medicine isn’t there... Read more »