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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.

International Traveler Seeks Out World-Class Care

Allen Spalt is a retired enviromentalist and loving husband, father and grandfather. He’s also the quintessential globe trotter. The 74-year-old Carrboro, North Carolina, resident has traveled to the glaciers of Norway, where he’s seen polar bears up close, and journeyed south to the volcanic...

Survivors & Staff Come Together to CRUSH Colorectal Cancer

Greenwood, South Carolina, native Tina Escalona, was young — only 45 years-old — when she was diagnosed with rectal cancer. The average age of diagnosis for women is 72 years old. She didn’t have a family history of the disease and led a healthy and active lifestyle; playing competitive tennis,...

Bruce Elected To ONS Board Of Directors

Susan D. Bruce, MSN, RN, OCN, AOCNS, clinical nurse specialist, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, was recently elected to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) board of directors and will serve as a director-at-large. "I look forward to being a director-at-large on the Oncology Nursing Society board of...

Young Cancer Researchers Selected To Attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Three young Duke scientists who research cancer have been selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in June, to be held in Germany. Mark Chen, Amy Wisdom, and Jeffrey Smith, are all MD/PhD candidates in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Duke University School of...

NCI Director to Present at Medicine Grand Rounds (3.23.18)

Ned Sharpless, MD , director of the National Cancer Institute, will present at Medicine Grand Rounds on Friday, March 23 at 8 a.m. in Duke North Room 2002. Sharpless, the Joseph C. Greenfield Visiting Professor, will present "The Dynamic Interplay between Aging and Cancer." Sharpless was officially...

One Man’s Genetic Testing Inspires Pioneering Discovery

The Symons family has taken the famous song lyric “from sea to shining sea” to an entirely new level. Rather than simply traveling from state-to-state to see America, the family committed to literally running from coast-to-coast by competing in each of the 50 states. However, along the way they...

Duke Nurse Turned Cancer Survivor

Bethany Clements, 54, has been an oncology nurse at Duke Cancer Institute for the past 25 years. Clements dedicated her career to helping others battling cancer, but in May 2011 she found herself facing her own personal battle with the disease. During one evening work shift, Clements, in an ironic...

Duke Cancer Institute Authorized To Offer Commercial CAR T-Cell Therapy  

On Jan. 31, Duke Cancer Institute joined a select group of medical centers across the country (34 to date) certified and trained to administer Yescarta, the first Food and Drug Administration-approved CAR T-cell therapy for the treatment of adult patients with certain types of relapsed or...

IBC Consortium Translates Research Into Action

The Duke Consortium for Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) recently hosted its first-ever annual meeting — “Engaging Our Community in IBC Research and Awareness .” Held in partnership with the IBC Network Foundation , Duke Cancer Institute, Duke, Duke University School of Medicine, Department of...

Brain Tumor Center Names New Director

David M. Ashley, PhD, was recently named director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. He succeeds Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, who became director emeritus on Feb. 1. Before leaving Australia to join Duke in 2017 as professor of neurosurgery and director of the pediatric neuro-oncology...

March 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 includes Michael Morse, MD; Daniel George, MD; Gita Suneja, MD, Thomas Stinchcombe, MD; and many others.

Therapist Takes On Endurance Challenge In Support Of Fight Against Blood Cancers

As an oncology recreation therapist, Tiffany Atkinson, MS, LRT, knows first-hand that “bouncing back” from the sometimes destructive effects of cancer treatment can be an uphill climb. However, when it comes to helping her patients transition back to health and wellness, Atkinson urges them on,...

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