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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.

New Year’s Resolution Made Easy

Each year at the stroke of midnight Americans ring in the New Year with thoughtful resolutions intended to improve overall health and wellbeing. Recent studies now suggest exercise is both safe and beneficial for cancer patients. Researchers say exercise seems to help temper the effects of...

Ellis Promoted To Administrative Manager

Miriam H. Ellis, formerly financial analyst for Radiation Oncology, has been promoted to administrative manager for Radiation Oncology. Ellis, who has been affiliated with Duke for more than 20 years, received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from East Carolina University...

Hematology Oncology Support in North Durham

Duke has long been committed to providing surrounding communities with the same leading-edge cancer care offered by top-ranked Duke Cancer Institute. On the heels of its recent expansion in Wake County, Duke Cancer Institute continues to expand the community’s access to convenient, high quality...

Restauranteurs To Be Honored With Light of Hope Award

Durham chef Scott Howell has been throwing the annual “Nana’s Dinner” to benefit the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for so many years, he can’t quite remember how it got started. He recalls that one of his regular customers at Nana’s, his upscale restaurant near Duke University, asked him...

Eight Up And Coming Researchers Recognized

Duke Cancer Institute hosted the Third Annual DCI Scientific Retreat on Friday, Nov. 6, at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District in Durham. The event featured the first-ever O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, which was presented by John Mendelsohn, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center at the...

Duke Campus Club Want YOU!

Duke Campus Club offers a flexible way for women affiliated with Duke to boost their options for fun and friendship. Members can choose from a variety of activities, including family friendly tailgating and interest groups such as book clubs, private art gallery tours and docent-led museum tours,...

DCPSP To Host 25th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) will host the 25th Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony at the Duke Cancer Center on Thursday, Dec. 10. The event features a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession to the Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility...

DCI Executive Director Announces 2015 Superstars

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director of the DCI, hosted the Fifth Annual DCI Anniversary Celebration in the Duke Cancer Center lobby. The event featured live music by the Tim Smith Trio, refreshments, giveaways, a photo booth and a drawing for various prizes. Kastan...

November 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 Jeffrey Clarke, MD; Kimberly Blackwell, MD; Michael Kastan, MD, PhD; Arif Kamal, MD; and many more.

Bigner Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Two novel immune approaches developed at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center to treat deadly brain tumors have received nearly $7 million in funding under the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award program. The award recognizes the work of principal...

Trotter to Receive ONS Excellence in Cancer Prevention Award

Kathryn Trotter, DNP, CNM, FNP-C, DCI Breast Program, has been named to receive the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Excellence in Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Award. “It’s quite special to be honored by my colleagues,” said Trotter, who joined Duke in 2005. “Nurses are an important...

Kamal Earns Fellow Status

Arif Kamal, MD, MHS, FACP, recently earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The Academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness. Advancement to fellowship status within the academy honors dedication...

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