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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.

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 Program

April Salama, MD, previously interim director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Melanoma Program, was recently named director of the program. Since assuming the role as interim director three years ago, Salama has advanced the melanoma program at Duke Cancer Institute. "Dr. Salama continues to expand the...

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...

Celebrating One Year Of Survivorship At Komen 5K

In the spring of 2016, Paige Walker, a breast cancer survivor, created her own commencement attire — a pink cap and gown — to commemorate her “graduation” from radiation treatments for her breast cancer. She formed a team — RadGrad — and prepared to participate in her first-ever Susan G. Komen®...

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...

Study Led By Oeffinger Receives $3 Million

A team of multi-institution researchers led by Kevin Oeffinger, MD, has been awarded a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for their “EMPOWER-II Study” to promote breast cancer screening in women who survived childhood cancer. “Secondary to the therapies that cured...

Frith Named To Receive A Meritorious Service Award

Jennifer Frith, MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC, who directs clinical operations for Inpatient Oncology and Adult Blood and Marrow and Cell Therapy (ABMT), was recently named to receive a 2018 Presidential Award, the highest honor given by Duke University to its faculty and staff. In a nomination sent to the...

Lung Cancer Initiative To Host Evening Of Hope Gala

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina will host its 11th annual Evening of Hope Gala , “Solving the Mystery of Lung Cancer,” on Saturday, April 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. The black-tie optional celebration and fundraiser will include dinner and...

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