DCI Blog


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.

Consortium For Canine Comparative Oncology

When it comes to cancer, man and his best friend are not that different. With similar genomes and shared environmental triggers leading to spontaneous tumors, dogs can throw us a bone or two when it comes to unraveling the mysteries surrounding cancer. To promote the collaborative study of human...

March 2016 Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists and researchers whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Julie Ann Sosa, MD; Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD; Will Eward, MD; and many more.

Duke Oncologist Going For Woman Of The Year

Man and Woman of the Year candidates compete for the title by raising funds in honor of two local pediatric survivors, a boy and a girl. Boy of the Year Benjamin Byers, photographed here with Woman of the Year candidate Stefanie Sarantopoulous, MD, PhD, was treated at Duke for lymphoblastic...

Where Prostate Cancer Spreads Affects Survival Time

Patients with lymph-only metastasis have the longest overall survival, while those with liver involvement fare worst. Lung and bone metastasis fall in the middle. “Smaller studies had given doctors and patients indications that the site of metastasis in prostate cancer affects survival, but...

DCI Seminar Series / New Location (3.2.16)

William R. Sellers, MD, vice president and global head of Oncology at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, will present "The Genetic Basis for Cancer Therapy" at the next DCI Seminar Series, which will be held on Wednesday, March 2. Sellers directs cancer drug discovery and early cancer...

The Double Agent Drug

Duke Cancer Institute member Ines Batinic-Haberle, PhD, holds a vial of liquid up to the light, revealing its red hue. This liquid is the product of 25 years of her work. In a few weeks, it will be injected into human cancer patients for the first time. The hope: during treatment with radiation,...

Shared Resource: Primary Tumor Cell Culture

A developing CCSG Shared Resource, Primary Tumor Cell Culture (PTCC), is creating hundreds of new primary malignant and normal epithelial cell lines. These additional cell lines will provide for novel investigations, including those involving cancer subtypes. “For many cancer researchers, the...

February Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists and researchers whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Michael B. Kastan, MD, Phd; Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD; Paul modrich, PhD; and many more.

Vice President Biden Visits Duke As Part Of "Moonshot" Initiative

Invoking the aspirational spirit that put U.S. astronauts on the moon, Vice President Joe Biden visited Duke Health today as part of the national “moonshot” initiative he is leading to advance cancer research.

Patient, Doctor Duo Ready To CRUSH Cancer

Erin Wood, an IT analyst for Duke, was diagnosed nine years ago with stage 4 colon cancer. She was just 42 years old. Despite lifesaving treatment, Wood’s cancer has returned twice. Buoyant and resilient, Wood refuses to let cancer get the best of her. She does her part to support research by...

Study Aims to Resolve How To Manage Pre-Cancers of the Breast

The first large U.S. study aimed at resolving an ongoing debate about the best way to treat an early sign of breast cancer will launch later this year under the direction of a Duke Cancer Institute investigator. The study, entitled COMET (Comparison of Operative to Medical Endocrine Therapy) for...

Local Teens To Host Charity Polo Match

Teens For The Cure is partnering with Triangle Area Polo to host Teens For The Cure Charity Polo Match on Sunday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Governor James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. General admission (bleacher seating) is $15 per person or $10 per person when purchased in groups of...