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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.

Float Nurse, Cancer Survivor Says A Change Does Him Good

The winds of change—they do blow. This is especially true for Kyle McMichael, RN, an oncology float nurse who on any given day can find himself at a different clinic, hospital floor or cancer center. “I like change,” said McMichael, 28, a native of Columbus, Ohio. “I enjoy that my day is rarely...

Myeloma Specialist To Pedal Across England And France

Cristina Gasparetto , MD, hematologic malignancies and cellular therapy specialist, has signed on to participate in the road to Victories London to Paris Ride, a challenge event supporting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) mission to fund myeloma research leading to better...

Sellers Competing For Woman Of The Year, Honors Mothers

Catherine Sellers, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC,OCN, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, has been nominated to compete in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2018 Woman of the Year campaign. Sellers, 42, an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for a disease that...

Tough Love And Healing For Tonsil Cancer Survivor

In December 2017 Robert Russell brought donuts to the nurses on all three wards of the ninth floor of Duke Medical Center — something he’s been doing regularly for the past three years. He started the tradition because he says it’s the least he can do for those who saw him through the “scariest”...

Team Spirit: Over One Thousand Join CRUSH 2018

About a thousand people and 50 plus dogs rose early on Saturday morning, March 24, to attend an unseasonably cold CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk — held for the first time at Durham’s Northgate Mall. The spring freeze couldn’t crush the team spirit that rippled through the event, organized...

IBC Consortium Translates Research Into Action

The Duke Consortium for Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) recently hosted its first-ever annual meeting — “Engaging Our Community in IBC Research and Awareness .” Held in partnership with the IBC Network Foundation , Duke Cancer Institute, Duke, Duke University School of Medicine, Department of...

Therapist Takes On Endurance Challenge In Support Of Fight Against Blood Cancers

As an oncology recreation therapist, Tiffany Atkinson, MS, LRT, knows first-hand that “bouncing back” from the sometimes destructive effects of cancer treatment can be an uphill climb. However, when it comes to helping her patients transition back to health and wellness, Atkinson urges them on,...

The Year Of The Dog

More than one million of the 4.5 million pet dogs in the U.S. that get cancer this year will be brought to the vet by their owners for treatment. Fortunately, as new human therapies for cancer have opened up, expanded treatment options for our four-pawed friends have, too. “Pet owners are very...

With New Center, DCI Tackles Brain Metastasis Head-On

During the summer of 2016 Dave and Lisa VanTress retired from their jobs in Syracuse, New York, and headed south to the sunny shores of South Carolina, where they could be close to family and indulge their passion for fishing. They bought a townhouse in Little River, a five-minute drive to the...

Chocolatier Turned Oncology Research Coordinator Sweetens The Day For Patients At Caring House

Most people indulge in some sort of hobby — dipping into this and dipping into that. However, for Diane Pinder, a clinical research coordinator, her love of chocolate is more than just an indulgence — it is another way she’s found to reach out and care for others. Pinder, one-time chocolatier, and...

Research Oncology Team Turns The Tables On Obligatory Gift-Giving Tradition

What do you give to someone who has just about everything he or she needs? After years of giving what had become the “same ol’, same ol,’” the Genitourinary Research Oncology Team decided to add a twist to the annual obligatory tradition. Armed with a heart for others, the group wrapped up the...

Oncology Nurses Serve Up Meals Warming Body And Soul

Whether on the job, at home or beyond, compassion seems to be an essential characteristic that comes naturally for most nurses. Nowhere is this illustrated better than through the team of nurses manning Clinic 3-2 at Duke Cancer Center. When thoracic oncology medical assistant Suzanne Matkins, CMA...

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