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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.

Heroes In Pink To Strut Their Stuff

The Duke Breast Program is rolling out the fushia carpet and inviting its Heroes In Pink to strut their stuff — to both raise awareness and funds to support breast health education. On Friday, Sept. 21, the Duke Breast Program will host its first-ever Pink Runway Fashion Show to benefit the Duke...

No One Should Battle Cancer Alone, Community Helps

Diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer and admitted to a local hospital, Laura Gould-White, 48, a wife and mother of three, found herself besieged by bill collectors even as she was fighting for her life. “As a stay-at-home mom it’s been my responsibility to handle the finances,” she said, tears...

DCI Nurse Is Bright Spot For Patients

What does it take to be a great oncology nurse? Joey Misuraca, RN, the nurse manager on the 9100 unit of Duke University Hospital, where seriously ill blood cancer patients are treated, is clear. “What I’m looking for as I hire these new nurses is someone who’s coming out enthusiastic to learn;...

Get In The Game. Know Your Scores.

Get in the game — know your scores. Duke Cancer Institute's Office of Health Equity (OHE) and its partner Lincoln Community Health Center will offer FREE prostate cancer screenings on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9. Men between the ages of 45 and 75, who have never been diagnosed with...

Cancer Patient looks Beyond Own Plight To Champion Outcome For Others

Patricia “Trish” Mackey and her husband, Michael, love nothing more than to rally friends and family around their dining room table for an evening of lively conversation and fabulous food. For a period of time, they hosted an annual gathering in which they whipped up huge spreads fit for royalty,...

Tim McGraw Sends Video Message To Cancer Patient

Kathy Wolf was hospitalized at Duke in late June due to a complication from end-stage ovarian cancer. The Youngsville resident kept asking whether she’d be able to leave the hospital in time to go see one of her favorite singers, country music star Tim McGraw, at his concert in Raleigh on Friday,...

Hundreds Attend Supportive Care & Survivorship Days

Hundreds of patients, caregivers, survivors and loved ones attended Duke Cancer Institute’s annual Supportive Care and Survivorship Day held in two locations on two different days — at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center on June 5 and at Duke Cancer Center in Durham on June 6. More than 300 total visitors (...

Patient’s Advice: Nourish The Soul     

Nadine Tolman takes a sip of water from a plastic cup that her husband, Fay, has just brought her from the refreshment station. “Remember, you need to stay hydrated,” he says softly, laying his hand on her shoulder, “and don’t forget to eat your lunch.” The gentle gesture from her husband disrupts...

Caregiver and Widow Finds Counseling Support At Duke

Susan Hand, 73, has had it with hospitals and cancer. Her husband Charlie, 79, battled colon cancer, tonsil cancer and unrelated heart trouble during the last year of life. He passed away suddenly last August. At about the same time Hand’s sister’s brain cancer returned, resulting in several...

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...

Celebrating One Year Of Survivorship At Komen 5K

In the spring of 2016, Paige Walker, a breast cancer survivor, created her own commencement attire — a pink cap and gown — to commemorate her “graduation” from radiation treatments for her breast cancer. She formed a team — RadGrad — and prepared to participate in her first-ever Susan G. Komen®...

Survivor Commits To Changing The Course Of Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that in 2018 there will be 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed — 55,130 of those in North Carolina. In keeping with its mission to...

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