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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.

Onetime Grant Recipient Sheds Light On Financial Assistance Opportunities

Sylvia Foushee, 71, was due for an annual physical. It was early September 2016. A native of Bahama, North Carolina, Sylvia visited her Duke primary care physician. During an examination, her doctor felt a mass that appeared to be in or close to her stomach. Her blood test revealed her white blood...

On the Run For Lung Cancer

Since completing treatment for lung cancer nearly seven years ago, Bob Wienberry, 80, has been volunteering in the thoracic oncology clinic of Duke Cancer Center. On Tuesday mornings, you can find him there giving directions, pouring coffee, handing out snacks and lending a listening ear. “You meet...

DCI Research Team Takes On Sarcoma in Dogs and Humans

When 12 years ago Sharon and Bill Feipel went to pick up a fawn-colored pug, Otto, they also ended up taking home his brother, the runt of the litter. “It didn’t look like he was going to survive, so we took him, too,” Sharon recalled. They named him Odin, after the Norse god associated with...

Poliovirus Therapy Induces Immune Responses Against Cancer

An investigational therapy using modified poliovirus to attack cancer tumors appears to unleash the body’s own capacity to fight malignancies by activating an inflammation process that counters the ability of cancer cells to evade the immune system. Describing this process in a paper published Sept...

StrongHer TogetHer To Host Women Of Durham

Founded by medical oncologist Veshana Ramiah, MD, StrongHer TogetHer, a non-profit supporting Durham girls, will host its first-ever Women of Durham program series event on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ponysaurus. "Our mission is to help build empowering and supportive relationships among...

Ringside View Into The Circle Of Life

Photos by Skip Bradley Lone Owl Images Jenny Norris, 35, was still reeling from a recent separation from her husband of 13 years when she received the staggering news that she had breast cancer. But if that wasn’t enough to navigate, she then, after genetic testing, learned she had Li-Fraumeni...

Duke Health Launches New Research Initiative

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and trainees gathered Wednesday, Sept. 13, to launch Translating Duke Health . The multi-year, multidisciplinary program will focus on areas where Duke Health can make the most significant contributions to health and healthcare. "We are here to talk about the...

Marcom Receives Strength, Hope And Caring Award

P. Kelly Marcom, MD, associate professor of medicine, was recently selected by Duke University Hospital to receive the Strength, Hope and Caring Physician Award. The Strength, Hope and Caring program rewards Duke faculty and staff who exceed expectations and whose actions reflect the organization’s...

Natural Molecule Appears to Shut Off Cancer Cells’ Energy Source

The Warburg Effect describes a phenomenon in which cancer cells voraciously consume glucose for energy — something scientists have long known, yet have had little success exploiting as a way to stunt tumor growth. Now researchers at Duke Cancer Institute have not only untangled an unusual wiring...

Duke Campus Club Wants You!

Duke Campus Club is a vibrant, inclusive and active organization connecting Duke-affiliated women who are employees, alumnae, OLLI participants, Duke volunteers and family members. High-profile speakers, behind-the-scenes tours, excursions and an annual trip are on the event calendar. Members can...

DCI's Brander Inspired By Her Patients, LLS, To Light The Night

Hematologic oncologist Danielle Brander, MD, has signed on as honorary team captain to lead Team Duke Cancer Institute at this year's The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Triangle Light the Night walk. She’s attended the walk for the last two years with her family, and has been talking up the walk...

Barrett Appointed to National Health Disparities Role

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, inaugural director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED), has been appointed as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Health Disparities . The institute is an independent, non-...

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