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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.

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...

Dent Named Associate Director For Clinical Research, Breast Oncology

Medical oncologist Susan F. Dent, MD, FRCPC, was recently named associate director for clinical research for Breast Oncology and co-director of Duke Cardio-Oncology. “We are extremely excited to welcome Susan Dent, a world-class breast cancer researcher and physician, to Duke Cancer Institute and...

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...

When Championing A Cause Size Doesn't Matter

They say it takes no longer than a blink of an eye to “size” up another person. At nearly four-feet, five-inches tall, Barbara Flink, 63, has endured her share of snap judgements. However, it doesn’t take long to discover that what Flink may lack in stature she makes up tenfold in personality and...

A Call To Service For Clinician Turned Cancer Patient

Just after the New Year in 2017 Duke Cancer Institute physician assistant Scott Balderson, PA, was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church — a milestone in a long spiritual journey that's mission, he said, paired perfectly with his 20 years of clinical service to lung cancer patients. “Deacons...

Pretty In Pink To Host Pink Pumps And Bow Ties

The Pretty in Pink Foundation will host its annual gala, Pink Pumps and Bow Ties, on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. Founded in 2006 by beast surgeon Lisa Tolnitch, MD, Duke Women's Cancer Care Raleigh, the event benefits vital programs and services offered by the Pretty...

September Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features E. Shelley Hwang, MD; Hai Yan, MD; Daniel George, MD; and many more.

Triangle Men Demand To Be Counted In Fight Against Breast Cancer

Historically, the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Making Strides Breast Cancer walk has been supported primarily by women. It makes sense. After all, according to the statistics, there will be approximately 41,400 deaths from breast cancer this year. Of that number, more than 40,000 women...

Driver Launches Global Technology Platform

Driver, a global technology platform that connects cancer patients to the best treatments, recently launched in the United States and China. Driver’s platform enables any patient, anywhere in the world, to access from home treatment options across an unprecedented network of cancer centers...

Kaufman Awarded $25,000 For Lung Cancer Research

Jacob Kaufman, MD, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine is one of five 2018-19 recipients of the Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) Research Grant. Grantees receive $25,000 and are selected based on the measurable impact of their proposal and commitment to the lung cancer field. “We are proud of our...

Boulton Named Associate Director, Clinical Research Office and Business Operations

Susan Boulton, RN, BSN, previously assistant research practice manager (ARPM) with The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (PRTBTC), was recently named associate director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Clinical Research Office and Business Operations. “During her time with the brain tumor center,...

Greenup Hopes To Reel In Big Catch For Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer surgeon Rachel Greenup, MD, MPH, began running when she was just 11 years old. She was one of six children and there was little opportunity for alone time. “Running was a way for me to find some peace and quiet in our otherwise crazy household,” she shared. “And it gave me a chance to...

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