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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.

FON Announces 2017 Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Since 1998, the DUHS Friends of Nursing (FON) Program has championed the careers and professional development of more than 1,000 Duke University Health System nurses. Each year Friends of Nursing hosts an annual gala in which “extraordinary” nurses from throughout the health system are recognized...

Researchers Identify Genetic Drivers of Most Common Form of Lymphoma

Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer, but the diagnosis belies a wildly diverse and little understood genetic foundation for the disease that hampers successful treatment. An international research effort led by Duke Cancer Institute scientists has been working to better understand the genetic...

Wake County Oncology Nurses Recognized For Extraordinary Care

Nominated by a grateful patient, Emily E. Dill, ANP-BC, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, was recently the recipient of the DAISY Award For Extraordinairy Nurses. The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who after surviving Hodgkin disease twice, died at age 33 of...

Bringing Denial To Light

After two visits to a local ENT doctor who performed two biopsies – both benign – and then a follow-up visit to her primary care doctor, Joy Wood was at a crossroads. For the past six months she’d been troubled by itchy skin and odd lumps in her neck. Even after two benign biopsies, her primary...

DCPSP To Host 27th Annual Lighting Ceremony

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) will host the 27th Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony at Duke Cancer Center on Friday, Dec. 1. The event features a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession to the Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility. This...

Salama Receives NCI Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

April Salama, MD, interim director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Program, has been named a recipient of one of ten 2017 National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Awards. “Dr. Salama has advanced the melanoma clinical research program at Duke Cancer Institute,...

Epplein Appointed To Co-Leader Role

Meira Epplein, PhD, MS, MA, has been named co-leader for Duke Cancer Institute’s Cancer Control and Population Sciences (CCPS) Research Program. She joins Kathryn Pollack, PhD, and Qingyi Wei, MD, PhD, as leaders of the program. Before joining Duke Cancer Institute, Epplein served as an associate...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Safe and Cared For Close to Home

When 18 years ago Leslie Gartenberg and her husband, Adam, decided to move from New Jersey to North Carolina, one of their criteria was finding a home near good healthcare. “We wanted to make a life here,” said Gartenberg. “We were young, just married, and we thought, if, God forbid, anything ever...

Ovarian Cancer Walk Raises $250K for DCI Research

The 15th annual Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk and 5K Run, held on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Raleigh, raised more than $250,000 this year for ovarian cancer research at Duke Cancer Institute. Andrew Berchuck, MD, who directs the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Duke Cancer Institute’s...

Duke Cancer Institute Saddles Up With The V Foundation

With the support and collaboration of the state's three comprehensive cancer centers, The V Foundation announced on Wednesday, Sept. 27, its new signature fundraising event, Victory Ride to Cure Cancer. The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer is a one-day cycling event. The ride, traversing the rolling...

ACA Medicaid Expansion Cut Disparities in Cancer Care for Minorities, Poor

States that fully expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act cut their rates of uninsured cancer patients by more than half between 2011 and 2014. Black patients and those living in the highest poverty areas saw the greatest benefit from Medicaid expansion, according to a Duke...

September Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Kevin Oeffinger, MD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Mark Dewhirst, MD, PhD; and many others.

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