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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.

Patients Quit At Duke

Most smokers have tried to quit. They know it’s one of the best things they can do for their health. But ask any smoker — quitting isn’t easy. According to the American Cancer Society, the nicotine in tobacco is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and...

Physician-Scientist Looks To Environment For Clues To Bladder Cancer

Matt Vitale, a computer lab engineer for Dell Inc., was only 42 years old when he was diagnosed in 2004 with bladder cancer, the fourth most common cancer in men but a cancer that predominantly affects people in their ‘60s and ‘70s. Then a weight trainer and amateur pilot, Vitale, who for the next...

Immunotherapy Target Suppresses Pain to Mask Cancer

Once hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, immunotherapies are now raising concerns as doctors note new side effects like severe allergic reactions, acute-onset diabetes and heart damage. These drugs, which work by unleashing the immune system to fight cancer, are only effective in about a...

Former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf Will Head Initiatives at Duke, Verily 

Robert M. Califf , MD, who in January stepped down as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been named to new leadership roles at Duke Health, Duke University and Verily Life Sciences. Effective immediately, Califf becomes vice chancellor for Health Data Science at Duke Health...

Three DCI Faculty Honored at SOM Spring Meeting

On Monday, May 8, faculty and staff gathered in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center for the 2017 Spring Faculty Meeting. Nineteen faculty, including three from Duke Cancer Institute, were recognized with awards . DCI member, Carlos M. de Castro, III, MD , Professor of Medicine, was presented...

Supportive Care & Survivorship Day Slated For June 7

Supportive Care and Survivorship Day recognizes and celebrates patients, survivors and caregivers. It’s a day full of pampering and educational activities. “The cancer journey can be at times filled with anxiety and stress,” said Kristy Everett, LRT/CTRS, one of the event’s organizers. “We hope...

Teacher, Melanoma Survivor, Thanks Her DCI “Dragonslayer”

Fourth grade teacher Tricia Gallagher was 43 when she felt something like a scab — smaller than a sunflower seed — on her head. She didn’t think much of it. “I thought it was a tick, because my boys and I hike,” said the energetic mother of two active teenagers. Her doctor in Winston Salem, North...

Mark Dewhirst, “The Human Synapse,” Eases Into Retirement

When a Galapagos tortoise suffering from sarcoma needed help in 1983, zookeepers at the Staten Island Zoo called Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, a young scientist at University of Arizona who had been conducting clinical trials on dogs using radiotherapy. They were hoping radiotherapy might also help the...

Duke Nurse Says, “It’s Your Butt; Move It!”

As the years accumulated for Paula Hocutt, RN, so, too, did the pounds. It wasn’t until she attended a health fair organized by Live For Life that Hocutt, an infusion nurse at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, stepped on the scales and declared, “Oh my stars!” “I had no idea that I weighed 177 pounds,”...

Psychiatry And Behavioral Sciences Expand Services

Since 1943, the Duke's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has been a leader in psychiatric and psychological healthcare and research and education. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences recently expanded services to add four Duke Cancer Institute-dedicated psychiatrists...

DOD Awards $1.2 Million To Study Breast Cancer Metastasis

Gayathri Devi, PhD , associate professor of surgery and pathology and Duke Cancer Institute member, has been awarded $1,192,441 from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program ( CDMP-BCRP ) to study breast cancer metastasis. Devi’s winning project is called “Characterization of the...

"Angels" Gather to Support Brain Tumor Center

More than 4,000 participants from across the U.S. came together on Saturday, April 29, to show support and raise funds to ensure ongoing brain cancer research at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (PRTBTC). The 24th annual Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk, organized by Ellen...

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