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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.

Tulsky Receives American Cancer Society Award

James A. Tulsky, MD, chief of Duke Palliative Care and professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University, has been named the 2014 recipient of the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award. The national award, presented October 21 at the Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Research...

October 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 Nelson Chao, MD; Richard Riedel, MD; Donald McDonnell, PhD; and more.

Clinical Research Appreciation Day

Crystal Cates had a good laugh as she picked out colon-shaped and kidney-shaped gummy candies from the Oncology Research Unit table at this year’s Clinical Research Appreciation day. “I work with biospecimens every day, so these [candies] are quite fun,” said Cates, a clinical trials specialist for...

Study Suggests Heparin May Shrink Neuroblastoma Tumors

A new strategy for treating neuroblastoma has been identified, with researchers at Duke University Health System identifying a modified version of heparin as the treatment. The study, conducted in mice and human cells and published June 17 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation , found that when...

Duke Men To Shave The Date

Several weeks before the first of every Movember men nationwide are asked to shave the date. According to the Movember Foundation, Movember 1 is the day to “shave down and get excited about the hairy month ahead.” “The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the...

Clinical Operations Director To Receive Excellence In Nursing Award

Since 1998 Friends of Nursing has championed the careers and professional development of more than 1,000 Duke University Health System nurses. Each year Friends of Nursing hosts an annual gala in which “extraordinary” nurses from throughout the health system are recognized and awarded educational...

Walking Club, Steps Out for Cancer Survivorship

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), cancer survivors, including those undergoing treatment, can benefit from exercise. “In the past, many physicians prescribed rest for their patients diagnosed with cancer,” said Emily Lewis a fitness specialist with the Duke Cancer...

Eighty-Two-Year-Old Lung Cancer Survivor Jumps In Support Of DCI

This isn’t Bob Norris’s first rodeo. To raise awareness and funds in support of the Duke Cancer Institute, the 82-year-old New Bern resident is once again dropping everything for what has become an annual free-fall adventure. “I thought about all the different ways I could help make a difference,”...

September 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 Ben Weast; Kimberly Blackwell, MD; Steven Patierno, PhD; and many more.

DCI Thanks Former Administrator

On Thursday, Aug. 28, the Duke Cancer Institute hosted a reception for former DCI administrator Carolyn Carpenter, thanking her for her outstanding leadership. More than 120 faculty and staff attended, each offering his or her personal thanks for Carpenter’s exceptional service. Before presenting...

Reducing Health Disparities in Our Communities

Black men face an unfortunate paradox when it comes to prostate cancer. They are the group hit hardest by this common disease, yet they are less likely than other groups to receive screening or medical care for this disease. The National Cancer Institute estimates that black men are 60 percent more...

Blobetrotters Shooting To Score A Cure

Medical oncologist Gerard Blobe, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the fight against neuroblastoma. He has teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand to establish a fundraising team, the Blobetrotters . “We believe we have made great strides in providing potential new therapies for a childhood disease called...

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