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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.

Deshler Named To Head Up DCI Development

Amy Deshler , senior executive director of Duke Children’s, has been named to serve as senior executive director, overseeing Duke Cancer Institute Development. Deshler first joined Duke Children’s in July 2016, overseeing the development team. Over the past two years, Deshler has led her team to...

Cancer Expert Named Chair Of Department of Medicine

Kathleen Cooney, MD, a medical oncologist and internationally known physician scientist, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Cooney joins Duke from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she is the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential...

Staff Recognized For Years Of Service

May is Duke Appreciation month, a celebration of 38,000 staff and faculty members who keep Duke University and Health System thriving. As part of the celebration, Duke honors nearly 4,000 employees who are marking career milestones of 10,15, 20 and more years of service. Ronda Pulliam , radiologic...

Deadly Cancers Show Early, Detectable Differences from Benign Tumors

Do metastatic cancer tumors “break bad” or are they “born bad”? This question is an essential mystery in cancer early detection and treatment. Lacking a clear answer, patients are given the same aggressive therapies when small, abnormal clusters of cells are discovered early, even though they might...

New Advances in Overcoming Prostate Cancer Disparities

African American men are nearly two times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men and nearly three times more likely to die from the disease. In North Carolina, the rate of prostate cancer-related deaths among African Americans is higher than the national average. Researchers at the...

May 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 John Sampson, MD, PhD; Daniel George, MD; Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD; Ravi Bellamkonda, PhD; and many others.

A Message To Our DCI Nurses

As we approach the final days of Oncology Nursing Month, I want to thank you for what you do each and every day. This year’s theme is the “The Art of Caring. The Science of Care.” What a wonderfully simple way to describe the complex care oncology nurses provide. You are there with your patients...

McDonnell Team Awarded $7 Million For Breast Cancer Study

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute scientist Donald McDonnell, PhD, has been awarded a Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Innovator Award, totaling $7,368,485, by the United States Department of Defense Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The...

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®...

Barrett Named To Receive 2018 Inclusive Excellence Award

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, director of DCI’s Office of Health Equity (OHE), was recently named by the Duke University School of Medicine (SoM) Office of Diversity and Inclusion to receive the 2018 Michelle P. Winn Inclusive Excellence Award. The annual award recognizes individuals within Duke...

Fecci Appointed Associate Deputy Director, Brain Tumor Center

Peter E. Fecci , MD, PhD, has been appointed associate deputy director of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. “Dr. Fecci has had a highly decorated research career,” wrote David Ashley, MBBS (Hon), FRACP, PhD, Director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, in a recent...

Survivor Commits To Changing The Course Of Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that in 2018 there will be 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed — 55,130 of those in North Carolina. In keeping with its mission to...

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