Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Construction update for UNC Hospitals

March 27, 2008

The expected date construction will be completed on the UNC Cancer Hospitals Physicians Office building is late April, according to Felicity Little assistant project manager for Martin Architectural, a subcontractor on the job. Drywall on the first floor of the Cancer Hospital itself began two weeks ago and all work is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2009.  

Little said that this project will make the UNC Hospitals one of the premier cancer hospitals in the southeast.

The physicians office building is five-stories high and will supply additional space for the support staff. The Cancer Hospital will include a treatment facility, using both traditional and state of the art technology. This research facility will allow local physicians to combine their knowledge and develop novel cancer resources. Hospital admistinstrators hope that this new facility will unite this state and it’s cancer research efforts.

SKANSKA is the general contractor for the project, while local subcontractors on the job include Martin Architectural, Precision Walls, Engineering Specialties, LLVann and Bonitz. One of SKANSKA’s main goals is to make sure that the hospital satisfies green building requirements.

The Gene Girls

February 28, 2008

Carlye From, 23, and her sister Courtney, 27, don’t have breast cancer yet. But they have tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene which passes breast cancer from generation to generation.

For Carlye, a Meredith College student, this means that she has an 86 percent chance of developing the disease. Additionally, the breasts and ovaries are linked genetically, so her chances of developing ovarian cancer are increased.

In a phone interview, Carlye said to reduce her risk she is exercising more and eating healthier than she used to. She said that she takes better care of her body than most people think is necessary for her age group.

Carlye is under careful observation by doctors at UNC Hospitals, who constantly screen her with mammograms and MRIs. She had another mammogram just last week and everything checked out fine. “It is such a relief every time I leave a check-up knowing that for now I am OK,” Carlye said. “It is something I will deal with if and when the time comes, but for now it is not something I think about everyday.”

Carlye’s mom, Rivka was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2004. After undergoing a mastectomy and oophorectomy, Rivka is now cancer free. But as Rivka’s mother died of ovarian cancer, doctors suggested genetic testing for rest of the family. Carlye’s uncle has also tested positive for the mutation, but since men have less breast tissue than women, his risk of developing breast cancer is not as high as the female members of his family.

It was surprising to Carlye that her family has BRCA 1 as opposed to BRCA 2, which is more common for Ashkenazi Jews like her family. The self proclaimed Gene Girls speak nationally about genetic testing at synagogues, health care centers and cancer organizations. Look for them to speak at 6:30 p.m. on Monday March 3 at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy.

The Gene Girls are in the process of creating a Web site and are writing a book to tell their story. According to Carlye, their goal is to empower people and educate others about genetic testing. The book will give perspectives from each age group, which is what they speak about.

“Don’t wait to get stage 4 cancer when you can get tested and be on top of your health,” advises Carlye. “The earlier cancer is detected, the more likely treatment will be successful. Medicine has gotten so advanced that receiving a diagnoses is no longer a death sentence. Of course it is still scary, but it is scarier not to know.”

Cancer Sucks ’08

February 21, 2008

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What a perfect way to spend a Tuesday night- supporting a good cause, listening to upbeat music by local bands, and beer for those over 21! The first Cancer Sucks benefit concert was held Tuesday night at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

A trio of bands: The Future Kings of Nowhere, The Sammies and The Honored Guests, volunteered their time to perform at the concert. All proceeds raised from the concert planned by UNC-Chapel Hill senior, Amy Bugno, went to Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.

Cat’s Cradle charged $250 for the sound equipment, and with tickets at $5 a pop, Bungo said that she hoped to raise a few thousand dollars. By 10 p.m. there were more than 100 members of the audience, meaning $250 of had already been raised. There was also a stand set up selling Relay For Life and band memorabilia as well as pizza for $1 per slice (again benefiting Relay For Life). T-shirts saying “cancer sucks” and “Great Breasts are worth fighting for” sold for $12 apiece or two for $20.

As the Event Chair for the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Relay For Life, Bugno came up with the idea for the concert after finding out that Relay would no longer be receiving money from the Breakfast with Roy fundraiser. Bugno says other fundraising events in the works include a bar night on February 21 at Coffee Shop, a barbecue with a fraternity, a campus outreach event about skin cancer awareness on March 3 — before everyone leaves on spring break, and a dodgeball tournament in April.

Of course Relay’s biggest event of the year is the actual Relay itself. This years event at UNC-Chapel Hill will be held on March 28 at 6 p.m. on Fetzer Field-Belk Track.

Hello and welcome!

February 8, 2008

Almost everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another.  Whether you have cancer yourself or know a cancer patient, victim or survivor, cancer is a topic constantly on our minds. The hope for this blog is to provide stories and information about cancer, outline research and philanthropic efforts being conducted in the area and provide a network of support for people in need.

Profile of cancer in North Carolina:

Heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lung disease are the leading causes of death in this state, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Public Health. These chronic diseases account for 58 percent of all deaths in N.C.

According to the Health Profile of North Carolinians: 2007 Update, 16,675 North Carolinians died of cancer in 2005 alone. Of these deaths, 5,253 were due to lung cancer, 1,483 were caused by cancer of the colon and rectum, 1,262 were due to breast cancer, 949 were caused by pancreatic cancer, and 787 were by prostate cancer. These deaths account for 22.4 percent of deaths by the top 10 leading causes of death in the state.

This same report estimates that 40 percent of North Carolinians will develop cancer in their lifetime. In 2006, more than 40,800 North Carolinians were projected to receive a cancer diagnosis, which equates to approximately 112 new cases each day.

Death tolls from this disease can be reduced if cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. The hope for this blog is to provide information relating to cancer in order to minimize the risks and maximize the understanding.