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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.

NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Endorse Goal of Eliminating HPV-Related Cancers

Cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) area significant public health problem. The National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers fully endorse the goal of eliminating cancers caused by HPV through genderneutral HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening. These...

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...

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...

For Virginia Man, The New Year Was Nothing To Toast

As a new year ushers in, so does a time of renewed hope and new beginnings. Instead of ringing in the new year as is customary, Curtis Garbett found himself during the waning hours of 2015 learning he had cancer. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” said Garbett. “I was only 39 years old; my...

Two-Time Cancer Survivor, Jazz Artist, Gives DCI Benefit Concert

The Calvin Edwards Trio invites the public to “A Night of Jazz to Benefit Cancer Research at Duke” on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. at Duke University’s Nelson Music Room. International jazz and blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Calvin Edwards organized the concert — with bandmates Doug...

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®...

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...

Cyclists Invited To Change Course Of Multiple Myeloma

The Duke Division of Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy is inviting one and all to participate in and support this spring’s Duke Multiple Myeloma Bike Ride and Patient Awareness Day, to be held on Saturday, June 9, at 8 a.m. The ride, which has been held most years since 2008,...

International Traveler Seeks Out World-Class Care

Allen Spalt is a retired enviromentalist and loving husband, father and grandfather. He’s also the quintessential globe trotter. The 74-year-old Carrboro, North Carolina, resident has traveled to the glaciers of Norway, where he’s seen polar bears up close, and journeyed south to the volcanic...

Survivors & Staff Come Together to CRUSH Colorectal Cancer

Greenwood, South Carolina, native Tina Escalona, was young — only 45 years-old — when she was diagnosed with rectal cancer. The average age of diagnosis for women is 72 years old. She didn’t have a family history of the disease and led a healthy and active lifestyle; playing competitive tennis,...

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