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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.

Expanded Cord Blood Shows Potential for Use in Adult Bone Marrow Transplants

Umbilical cord blood stem cells that are cultured and expanded outside the body before being used for bone marrow transplant in adult blood cancer patients appear safe and restore blood count recovery faster than standard cord blood. The findings, led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher, are from...

Cancer Drugs Speed Airway Repair in Lungs Damaged by Bacterial Infections

Cancer drugs are able to halt life-threatening bacterial lung infections in mouse models by promoting lung repair, researchers at Duke Health have found. Reporting in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team said that if the findings are confirmed in human...

Cancer Cells Steer a Jagged Path

A jagged little protein appears to be a key to how cancer stem cells differentiate and enable metastasis, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute and Rice University. Rice scientists who have formed several theories on how cancer grows and spreads connected the dots for a more...

Inaugural Cohort in National Clinician Scholars Program Named at Duke, VA  

Three physicians, including cancer researcher Marcelo Cerullo , MD, PhD, and two post-doctoral nurses will comprise the inaugural cohort for Duke’s National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). The cohort represents the first group of interdisciplinary medical researchers selected for the newly...

Suneja Receives NCI Career Development Award

Duke Cancer Institute’s Gita Suneja , MD, MSHP, has received a five-year National Cancer Institute Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) for her project “Cancer Treatment Disparities in the HIV Population: Exploring the Impact of HIV on Physician and Patient Decision-...

New Clinic Specializes In Cancer’s Effects On Kidneys

A new clinic specializing in onco-nephrology — an emerging medical subspecialty that strives to preserve kidney health in cancer patients — has been established under the leadership of David I. Ortiz-Melo, MD, a Duke nephrologist specializing in chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury and...

Talking Turkey: Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

Every fall, Wesley Brandt fires up the charcoal smoker in his backyard to make turkey barbecue. First, the turkey is smoked over hickory-flavored briquets and chunks of wood for 12 hours, then it’s brought inside to finish cooking in the oven where the succulent and tender meat falls off the bone...

OHE To Host 50 Hoops

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) will host 50 Hoops , a panel discussion on barriers to enrollment in clinical trials, on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Searle Center. A diverse panel made up of patients, caregivers and community members will anwer questions revolving around barriers...

Duke Team Receives $10.8 Million From NIH

The National Cancer Institute (NIH) awarded $10.8 million to Duke Cancer Institute researchers as part of the Human Tumor Atlas Network , which will work to build a visual model of cancer tumors. The Duke team, led by Shelley Hwang, MD, and Jeffrey R. Marks, PhD, will develop a three-dimensional...

Bug Causing Stomach Cancer Could Play Role in Colorectal Cancer

A bacterium known for causing stomach cancer might also increase the risk of certain colorectal cancers, particularly among African Americans, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. The finding, published online Oct. 5 in the journal Gastroenterology, describes an...

Cancer Patients Much Less Likely To Die From Opioids Than General Public

A team of Duke Cancer Institute researchers led by radiation oncologist Fumiko Chino, MD, has found that death from opioids in the U.S. are 10 times less likely to occur in cancer patients and survivors versus the general population. These findings, Chino said, should “reinforce current policy that...

Previs Awarded Scholarship for Ovarian Cancer Research

Rebecca Previs, MD , has been selected as a recipient of a 2019 American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF) and GOG Foundation Scholarship Award. The $120,000 scholarship will support her research-training program and project “Immune Modulation of CaMKK2 in the...

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