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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.

Angels Among Us Raises $1.8 Million

Thousands of people from throughout the country laced up on Saturday, April 23, for the 23rd annual Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk. The event, organized by Ellen Stainback, director of external relations with the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Cancer Center and Mary Woodall, a coordinator with...

Sarantopoulos Named 2016 LLS Woman Of The Year

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) annual Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign calls on Triangle community leaders to demonstrate gritty resolve in the quest to find a cure. At the close of this year’s ten-week campaign on April 30, Duke’s Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD, was...

Antibody Preferentially Attacks Cancer Cells

A research team from Duke Health has developed an antibody from the body’s own immune system that preferentially attacks cancer cells. The antibody works by targeting a natural defense mechanism that cancer tumors exploit. Cells in the body essentially use a home security system that relies on...

Garst Named To Top Cancer Doctors List

Newsweek magazine online recently published the Castle Connolly Medical LTD list of “Top Cancer Doctors." Medical oncologist Jennifer Garst, MD, professor of medicine, was among those named to the 2015 list. Garst, who practices at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, received her medical degree in 1990...

Abbruzzese Awarded Distinguished Professorship

James L. Abbruzzese, MD, is a professor in the Department of Medicine and chief of the Division of Medical Oncology. He is a member of the Duke Cancer Institute and serves as its associate director of Clinical Research and Training. Abbruzzese is one of the world's foremost leaders in the clinical...

Kirsch Awarded Distinguished Professorship

David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. Kirsch serves as the vice chair for Basic and Translational Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He is also the leader of the Duke Cancer Institute...

Executive Director Elected To National Academy Of Sciences

In recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research, Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He is one of only 84 new members.

Hwang Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Shelley Hwang, MD, chief of breast surgery at the Duke Cancer Institute, has been named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people for 2016 as a pioneer in her field. One of the world’s foremost experts in early-stage breast cancers, Hwang has become an international leader calling for research to...

Hartford-Todd and Alcorn Recognized

The Presidential Award is one of the highest honors given to Duke University faculty and staff. The awards program recognizes full-time employees who have excelled in their positions, having made exceptional contributions to the university and health system during the previous calendar year. The...

Dalton Recognized For Excellence In Clinical Writing

Kerri A. Dalton, MSN, RN, AOCNS,® has been named to receive this year’s Susan Baird Excellence in Clinical Writing Award from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). The award recognizes and rewards excellence in the authorship of a paper advancing oncology nursing. Dalton will receive the award as a...

April 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 Daniel S. Wechsler, MD, PhD; Annick Desjardins, MD, PhD; Thomas D'Amico, MD; and many more.

Radiation Recommendations in Early Prostate Cancer

Giving early-stage prostate cancer patients a slightly higher daily dose of radiation can cut more than two weeks from the current treatment regimen without compromising cancer control, according to a national study led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher. Publishing April 4 in the Journal of...

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