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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.

July 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, including Fumiko Chino, MD; Gayathri Devi, PhD; Keith Sullivan, MD; Michael Morse, MD; and many more. It is continuously being updated...

New E-Cigarette Laws Could Drive Some Users to Smoke More Cigarettes

Efforts by the FDA and some cities to limit the availability and appeal of e-cigarettes to young users could drive some existing users to smoke more tobacco cigarettes to get their fix, according to new research from Duke Health. The findings, from a survey of 240 young U.S. adults who use both e-...

Team DCI To LUNGe Forward In September

The Lung Cancer Inititative of North Carolina will host its 13th annual LUNGe Forward 5K on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 12:30 p.m. at Midtown Park at North Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina. Team Duke Cancer Institute will be led for a second year by Jeffrey Clarke , MD, a medical oncologist specializing...

Help Strike Out Sarcoma

The Duke Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Program will host its 10th Annual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K & Family Fun Walk this year on Sunday, Sept. 8. Sarcoma is a type of cancer that begins in bone or in the soft tissues of the body in children and adults. Most sarcomas that originate in the bone (...

Two Are Better Than One

The communal dining room was filled mostly with couples chatting somberly with one another at their individual tables—fitting given the enormity of each of their circumstances. One table, however, right up front, was completely occupied with people who were engaged in lively conversation accented...

The Long Run: Relay Team Turns Tide For Breast Cancer Patients In Need

Led by Duke breast cancer surgeon Rachel Greenup, MD, MPH, a team of mainly Duke and UNC women's healthcare providers — the BAMRs — will traverse the long and winding rural roads of eastern North Carolina once again this October to aid breast cancer patients who can’t afford their treatments.

New NCCN Guidelines Released for Patients With Bladder Cancer

New "NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Bladder Cancer" explains the lengthy surveillance process that follows active treatment for the sixth most-common cancer in the United States PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA The treatment landscape for bladder cancer has changed dramatically over the past few years. Despite...

With Robust Molecular Tumor Registry "MrT," The Stars Align

With Robust Molecular Tumor Registry, The Stars Align: New MrT database allows the Molecular Tumor Board to analyze genomic testing results from the past five years and send “real-time” alerts to physicians when new treatment options becomes available for their patients.

School of Hard Knocks Results In Hair-Raising Twist of Fate

Ray Lingle, 42, graduated in the 1990s from Campbell University with a degree in music education, but he wasn’t in the classroom long before he realized that although he enjoyed both music and kids, disciplining mischievous and unruly youngsters was not his strong suit. “Basically, I let the kids...

Researchers Identify Enzyme That Suppresses Immune System in Breast Cancer

Immunotherapies have transformed cancer care, but their successes have been limited for reasons that are both complex and perplexing. In breast cancer especially, only a small number of patients are even eligible to undergo treatment with immunotherapies, and most see little benefit. But in a pre-...

Cancer Program Earns CoC Accreditation With Commendation

Duke University Hospital’s NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Program recently earned a three-year accreditation rating, with commendation , from the Commission on Cancer (CoC). Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated...

Survivorship Day Attracts Hundreds of Guests

Hundreds of patients, their loved ones and caregivers—more than 500 altogether—attended Survivorship Day activities in Wake County, on June 4, and in Durham, on June 5. Both events featured activities designed to help guest relax, rejuvenate and educate. Approximately 30 local businesses...

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