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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 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...

School Of Medicine Announces New Strategic Plan

Last year Duke University School of Medicine began the process of developing a new strategic plan. According to the School of Medicine, the new 10-year plan outlines five major themes and provides a review of accomplishments achieved since 2006, when the last strategic plan was launched. "The new...

High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients

Most high-risk lung cancer patients might not need annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screenings if they are cleared of disease in their initial test, according to a study led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher. The researchers found that even former heavy smokers appear to have a...

Duke Campus Club Wants You!

Duke Campus Club will host many activities this spring, including a day trip to Wilmington, an outing to an upcoming Durham Bulls baseball game and an opportunity to attend the club's Annual Meeting and Garden Party. Club membership is $25. Members are able to participate in a variety of interest...

Duke Health Launches Star Rating for Doctors

Patients and consumers now have the ability to see how most Duke Health providers score on a new five-star rating scale that is part of a physician’s public profile at dukehealth.org. Star ratings for each health care provider, along with verbatim patient comments, are based on feedback to a...

Kirsch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award to David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD, professor in the departments of Radiation Oncology and Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke Health. The $6.6 million award, covering seven years, will fund ongoing research in...

Pre-Clinical Translational Research Unit

Led by Greg Palmer, PhD, chief director, and Gabi Hanna, MD, executive director, the Duke Pre-clinical Translational Research Unit provides Duke Cancer Institute members the opportunity to perform critical in vivo experiments in a semi-independent laboratory, with input and oversight from experts...

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...

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