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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.

For Virginia Man, The New Year Was Nothing To Toast

As a new year ushers in, so does a time of renewed hope and new beginnings. Instead of ringing in the new year as is customary, Curtis Garbett found himself during the waning hours of 2015 learning he had cancer. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” said Garbett. “I was only 39 years old; my...

Angels Among Us Raises Record $2.3 Million

More than 4,000 participants attended the 25th Annual Angels Among Us 5K on Saturday, April 28. Together, they raised a record $2.3 million to support the brain tumor research at Duke. "We are very grateful for the support we experienced this year," said Ellen Stainback, director of external...

Two-Time Cancer Survivor, Jazz Artist, Gives DCI Benefit Concert

The Calvin Edwards Trio invites the public to “A Night of Jazz to Benefit Cancer Research at Duke” on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. at Duke University’s Nelson Music Room. International jazz and blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Calvin Edwards organized the concert — with bandmates Doug...

Boswell Named Manager Of Oncology Patient Education

Amy Boswell, MSN, RN, OCN, has been named to serve as manager of the Oncology Patient Education Program. "As manager, Amy will provide administrative direction for oncology patient education, including managing and coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of patient education...

Find A Supportive Care And Survivorship Day Close To Home

This year Duke Cancer Institute will host its annual Supportive Care and Survivorship Day on two days and at two locations — Tuesday, June 5, at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh and Wednesday, June 6, at Duke Cancer Center Durham. “Our Supportive Care and Survivorship Day is a day set aside for...

Salama Named Director Of Melanoma Disease Group

April Salama, MD, previously interim director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Melanoma disease group, was recently named director. Since assuming the role as interim director three years ago, Salama has advanced the DCI's Melanoma disease group. "Dr. Salama continues to expand the breadth of...

Research Award Established In Honor Of DCI Executive Director

In 2002 the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) launched Molecular Cancer Research ( MCR ) appointing Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, to the helm as the publication’s founding editor-in-chief. Kastan, executive director of Duke Cancer Institute, is recognized as having attracted scientific...

Aptamers May Form New, Safer Chemotherapy Delivery Systems

Using chemotherapy along with aptamers—lab-made molecules that function like antibodies—Duke Health researchers showed that they can zero in on and kill prostate cancer tumors in mice while leaving healthy tissue unscathed. The finding suggests that aptamers could form the basis of new cancer...

IRONMAN Trial Enrolling Prostate Cancer Patients

The International Registry for Men with Advanced Prostate (IRONMAN), the first international clinical trial registry for prostate cancer, is open for enrollment. The registry aims to enroll 5,000 patients over the next three years at several institutions worldwide, including 2,500 from the United...

Researchers Make Progress Unlocking Breast Brain Metastasis

Each year nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with metastatic cancer that has spread to the brain. The number is projected to rise. As a result of a larger aging population, combined with improvements in cancer screening and care, up to 30 percent of patients with solid tumor cancers can expect...

Sellers Competing For Woman Of The Year, Honors Mothers

Catherine Sellers, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC,OCN, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, has been nominated to compete in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2018 Woman of the Year campaign. Sellers, 42, an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for a disease that...

McDonnell Named Komen Scholar, Joins Board

The Susan G. Komen Foundation recently announced the selection of 10 new members to the national Komen Scholars program, including Donald McDonnell, PhD, professor and chairman of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and the Glaxo-Wellcome professor of Molecular and Cancer Biology. “It is a great honor...

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