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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Personal Cancer Experience Drives Nurse’s Passion For Care

For her cancer patients, Valarie Worthy, MSN, RN, is a light in the dark. As a patient navigator for the Duke Cancer Center, Worthy helps patients with transportation, housing, childcare, therapy or spiritual support services while they’re undergoing cancer care. Her passion for helping patients...

One Woman's Gift Creates Respite For Many

Brought up in a Jewish home on Long Island, New York, Donna Bernstein was well acquainted with tzedakah , a Hebrew word referring to the moral obligation to do what’s right and just, including works of charity—a principle her father and mother believed in and incorporated into their daily lives...

A Place Of Hope: Celebrating The Bernstein Family Garden

A few dozen grateful patients, providers and staff came together on Wednesday, May 15, for a sunny reception to honor Donna Bernstein for her gracious gift that seven years ago founded The Bernstein Family Garden. “Today is an opportunity to celebrate Donna’s vision, her passion for making the...

DCI Thoracic Oncology Partners With UNC, OncLive For NSLC Summit

Duke Cancer Institute thoracic oncology specialists and some of their peers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center partnered with OncLive to host a State of the Science Summit on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) on Thursday, May 16, in Raleigh, North Carolina. OncLive is the official...

McCall, Duke BRPC Receive $3.4 Million From NCI To Join CHTN

Shannon J. McCall, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Director of the Duke BioRepository & Precision Pathology Center (BRPC) has received a grant of over $3.4 million from the National Cancer Institute. The award will support the Duke BRPC as the newest member of the NCI’s Cooperative...

May Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Oluwadamilola “Lola” Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS; Brant Inman, MD, MS; Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD; and many more. It is...

New Funding Opportunities Widget Available

A new Funding Opportunities widget is now available in myRESEARCHhome , a portal for the Duke research community. Using funding data curated by ORS, this new tool recommends relevant internal and external funding opportunities based on your research profile. Opportunities can be sorted with filters...

Heme Partners With OncLive For State Of The Science Summit

“Guess what!? We’re in Raleigh/Durham for the State of the Science Summit on Hematologic Malignancies with @DukeCancer — going to be a fantastic night ahead!” tweeted OncLive , the official website for the Oncology Specialty Group whose mission it is to provide resources and information oncology...

Use of Supportive Palliative Care Lags For Heart Patients

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, relatively few of these patients receive a referral to palliative care focusing on quality of life and value-based treatment decisions. When heart patients are referred to palliative care, they are typically nearing death and...

Survivorship Day Slated For June

Duke Cancer Institute will host its annual Survivorship Day on two days, at two locations —Tuesday, June 4, at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Duke Cancer Center Durham. “Our Survivorship Day is a day set aside for rejuvenation and...

Cyclists & Researchers Gear Up To Rout Multiple Myeloma

The Duke Division of Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy is gearing up to host its Annual Duke Multiple Myeloma Bike Ride, to be held this year on Saturday, June 15. Cyclists will saddle up at 8 a.m. just outside the Duke University Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at Duke North Pavilion,...

Study Uncovers An Unknown Pathway For Breast Cancer Tumors To Recur

For many women who thought they had beaten breast cancer, the news that it has roared back years later comes as an especially cruel diagnosis with no clear answers for why or how it recurs. Now a team of Duke Cancer Institute researchers has filled in some critically unknown details that could lead...

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