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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.

Duke Surgeon Champions Equity In Breast Cancer Support And Care 

On an icy day in January a diverse group of female veterans – eight in all – braved the elements to attend the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) for the hospital’s first-ever Breast Cancer Support Group gathering. Duke breast surgical oncologist Oluwadamilola “Lola” Fayanju, MD, MA,...

What's Best For Breasts?

What's Best For Breasts?, A conversation with Duke Clinicians , will be held at the Trent Semans Center Grand Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The symposium is free to the public and includes interactive information sessions, Q & A panels and drawings for prizes. Lunch is...

Duke Raleigh Nurse Rallies For Annual Showdown Against Lung Cancer

It was September 2016 and by the looks of it, Kristen Walden could give birth at any moment. No matter how heavy with child she was, Walden would not miss this run. For her, the event was so much more than just another 5K It was a memorial of sorts — an opportunity to remember the one person who...

After 50 Years Of Nursing, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Life Goes On

Laura Houchin, MSN, RN, who retires later this month after 48 years of nursing, has worked many “a hard-day’s night.” If there’s one thing she won’t miss, it’s her alarm clock. But leaving is bittersweet. Few know better than Houchin how to pilot the many challenges new nurses encounter after...

Cancer Patient looks Beyond Own Plight To Champion Outcome For Others

Patricia “Trish” Mackey and her husband, Michael, love nothing more than to rally friends and family around their dining room table for an evening of lively conversation and fabulous food. For a period of time, they hosted an annual gathering in which they whipped up huge spreads fit for royalty,...

Diehl Receives National Award For Inspiring Students 

Anna Mae E. Diehl, MD, the Florence McAllister Professor of Medicine and professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, was recently named to receive the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, a national award given annually by the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust. The award is given to current...

July 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 features Annick Desjardins, MD; Darell Bigner, MD, PhD; April Salama, MD; Danielle Brander, MD; and many more.

DiLalla Named To ACS Board Of Directors

The American Cancer Society recently announced the appointment of Gayle DiLalla, MD, Duke Women's Cancer Care Raleigh, to the newly established American Cancer Society Area Board of Directors supporting central and east North Carolina chapters. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Gayle DiLalla to the...

LeBlanc Receives International Clinical Impact Award

Thomas LeBlanc, MD , a practicing hematologic oncologist and palliative care physician at Duke Cancer Institute, recently received the 2018 European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Clinical Impact Award. The European Association for Palliative Care is a membership organization dedicated to...

Sound Waves Could Provide New Tool To Fight Cancer

Sound waves may become the next effective tool to help doctors diagnose cancer and develop more personalized diagnostics and treatments. A new study conducted by researchers from Duke University, MIT and Singapore's Nanyang Technological University shows that sound waves are capable of rapidly and...

Tim McGraw Sends Video Message To Cancer Patient

Kathy Wolf was hospitalized at Duke in late June due to a complication from end-stage ovarian cancer. The Youngsville resident kept asking whether she’d be able to leave the hospital in time to go see one of her favorite singers, country music star Tim McGraw, at his concert in Raleigh on Friday,...

Join DCI In Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Duke Cancer Institute, for a fifth year, is partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to serve as local presenting sponsor for its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, to be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Midtown Park at North Hills, Raleigh, North Carolina. Last year’s event...

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