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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.

April 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 E. Shelly Hwang, MD; Yousuf Zafar, MD; Daniel George, MD; Cristina Gasparetto, MD; and many others.

Tough Love And Healing For Tonsil Cancer Survivor

In December 2017 Robert Russell brought donuts to the nurses on all three wards of the ninth floor of Duke Medical Center — something he’s been doing regularly for the past three years. He started the tradition because he says it’s the least he can do for those who saw him through the “scariest”...

Team Spirit: Over One Thousand Join CRUSH 2018

About a thousand people and 50 plus dogs rose early on Saturday morning, March 24, to attend an unseasonably cold CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk — held for the first time at Durham’s Northgate Mall. The spring freeze couldn’t crush the team spirit that rippled through the event, organized...

Duke Surgery Appoints New Chief of Surgical Oncology

The Duke Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter J. Allen, MD, as the new Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgery for the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). Allen comes to Duke from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer...

Lace Up With Marcom And Telloni For Komen 5K (5.5.18)

The 22nd Annual Susan G. Komen® Triangle Race for the Cure, presented locally by Duke Cancer Institute, will be held on Saturday, May 5, at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park, 800 Park Offices Drive, in Durham, NC. The annual fundraising event features a 5k run/walk and a Survivor Celebration...

DCI Researchers Launch Trial To Help Breast Cancer Survivors With Diabetes

Rebecca Shelby, PhD , and Gretchen Kimmick, MD, MS , of Duke Cancer Institute recently launched a clinical trial — I HEAL — the findings of which could lead to significant improvements in clinical care and beneficial outcomes for breast cancer survivors with diabetes. The trial is evaluating the...

Cyclists Invited To Change Course Of Multiple Myeloma

The Duke Division of Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy is inviting one and all to participate in and support this spring’s Duke Multiple Myeloma Bike Ride and Patient Awareness Day, to be held on Saturday, June 9, at 8 a.m. The ride, which has been held most years since 2008,...

Sampson Elected to AAP

Co-leader of the Duke Cancer Institute Neuro-Oncology Research Program John Sampson, MD, PhD, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians , an honor given to those who have attained excellence in the pursuit of medical knowledge and its application to clinical medicine to improve...

Increasing and Diversifying Clinical Trials: The Yale Model

Last month, the deputy director and chief operating officer of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Tesheia Johnson, MBA, MHS, shared Yale’s comprehensive and integrated model to increase and diversify clinical trial participation with an invited group of Duke Cancer Institute and Duke...

Duke Invites Community To Spring For Support

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) always goes that extra mile to ensure cancer patients and their loved ones have access to vital programs and services, at no cost. Each spring organizers reach out to invite the community to spring to support the Spring For Support 5K and Family Fun...

Halabi Named Fellow, American Society Of Clinical Oncology

Susan Halabi, PhD, professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, was recently named a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Launched in 2007 and formerly called the ASCO Statesman Award, the distinction has been conferred to 282 dedicated volunteers. The FASCO distinction...

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...

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