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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.

In Open Letter to U.S. Congress, Cancer Center Leaders Call for "Robust" NIH Budget

The directors of Duke Cancer Institute, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Wake Forest Cancer Center have jointly written an open letter to Congress calling for what they call a "robust" National Institutes of Health budget. The letter follows: "When members of Congress return to...

Locks of Love

Leslie Love, 59, has been volunteering with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for more than 11 years now, assisting patients in the chemo room at the Morris Cancer Clinic. She never thought that she would flip to the other side. But in November 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer...

DCI Faculty Receive SOM "Strong Start" Awards

Seven Duke School of Medicine faculty have been selected to receive inaugural Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” awards . Of the seven selected, two are members of the Duke Cancer Institute: Phuong Linh Doan, MD (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematological Malignancies) and Katherine Schuver...

Finding A Way

On an unseasonably warm February night, Pam Kohl tells a group of 20 of her most important friends that she has just been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Her friends are members of the organizing committee for the May 2017 annual Triangle Race for the Cure, the largest fundraiser of the...

She's Not Sure Whether The Outward Change Isn't More Sizable Within

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” No one understands better the benefits of a healthy lifestyle change than Cynthia Hoffman, RN, a triage nurse at Duke Cancer Center and a onetime self-proclaimed foodaholic. “Food had always been a source...

Bolstered By Her Faith, DCI Nurse Readies For Mission Trip

Even after 23 years of nursing Heather Ebron knows caring for others is more than just a job. For her it’s a zealous pursuit extending beyond the walls of Duke Cancer Center — in fact, perhaps even to the outer ends of the earth. Heather Ebron, RN, BSN, OCN, a clinical nurse II, DCI Triage, will...

For Testicular Cancer Survivor, Early Detection Was Key

After months of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, Eric and Katherine Hall were celebrating the news that she was pregnant with their first child. Eric Hall, a professor of exercise science at Elon University, and Katherine, a geriatrics researcher and assistant professor with the Duke...

Duke Alumnus William Kaelin, Jr Aims Lasker Lecture at Young Researchers

On April 12 Duke University Health System was host to the Annual Lasker Lecture; delivered this year by Duke University alumnus William Kaelin, Jr., MD, associate director, basic science, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. “It’s really great to be home,” said Kaelin, who...

April Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Michael Kastan, MD, PhD; Julie Sosa, MD, MA, FACS; Andrew Berchuck, MD; and many more.

Duke Health, WakeMed Agree to Collaborate on Cancer Care

Duke Health and WakeMed Health & Hospitals have announced the signing of agreements to create Cancer Care Plus+, an innovative cancer care collaboration that will serve the growing cancer care needs of patients in Wake County. Cancer Care Plus+ will become effective May 1, 2017. Similar to the...

Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma Well Tolerated; Survival Gains Observed  

A phase one study of 11 patients with glioblastoma who received injections of an investigational vaccine therapy and an approved chemotherapy showed the combination to be well tolerated while also resulting in unexpectedly significant survival increases, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute...

Charging the Bull: Brain Tumor Survivor Never Surrenders

If 43-year-old Gabe Stewart were a matador, he would likely be a bull’s worst enemy. Just ask his wife of 19 years, Tera, or his two kids, a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son — they’ll testify to his stubborn refusal to be beaten, no matter what the odds. On May 3, 2010, Stewart was...

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