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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.

June 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 Kimberly Blackwell, MD; Dan George, MD; Andrew Berchuk, MD; and many more.

Here By Design

Duke Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary And 5,000th Transplant Gerald Madren was just 29 and newly married when in 1997 he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous blast crisis leukemia. An amateur body builder and admittedly somewhat concerned about his appearance,...

Shared Resource: Biospecimen Repository Processing Core

Around the world, volunteers save thousands of lives by donating everything from organs, blood, platelets, and even bone marrow to patients in need. Patients at the Duke Cancer Institute are making their own life-saving impact by making a more unusual donation–cancerous tissue removed during...

Senator Thom Tillis Visits Duke Cancer Institute

On Friday, June 5, Duke University Office of Government Relations hosted Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director, DCI; Steve Patierno, PhD, deputy director; and DUHS chief operating officer Carolyn Carpenter, MHA, welcomed Tillis and his wife, Susan. Kastan and...

Pretty In Pink, Durham Resident To Strut Her Stuff June 13

On her first day of chemo, Sherry Wallace sashayed into Duke Cancer Center dressed to the nines. (photo above) The bold fashion statement was thanks to Wallace’s support team—her sister Nina Jackson; brother-in-law James Jackson; and husband Lenell Wallace — all of whom took a creative approach to...

Duke’s Mo Bros Brace For A Hairy November

Summer may have just started, but Mo Bros everywhere are already thinking about fall. Having raised almost $20,000 for the Movember Foundation and the fight against prostate cancer, the Mo Bros making up Team MoDukes are shaving down and upping the ante in preparation for the this year’s hairy...

DCI Nurse Named To Serve On ACS Research Grant Team

The American Cancer Society recently selected Ellen Parks, RN, OCN, CBCN, to serve as a research stakeholder. As a stakeholder, Parks will be on the Peer Review Committee where she will join scientists, physicians, and cancer experts as they review research grant proposals and help determine those...

Hundreds Visit For Day Of Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvenation

Hundreds of guests turned out for this year’s Spa Day, a day in which Duke Cancer patients are invited to sit back, relax and prepare for the pamper. The annual event, hosted and organized by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP), featured stylists, cosmetologists from Belk, massage...

May 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 Shelley Hwang, MD; Gayathri Devi, PhD, Valarie Worthy, RN; and many more.

DCI Teen Research Intern Scores At Science Competition

Arjun Arora isn’t an average 17-year-old kid. While many of his peers may be engaged in typical extra curricula activity – watching television, texting friends, playing computer games or prepping for prom – Arjun Arora is in the lab – a Duke Cancer Institute research lab. “I initially started at...

Duke Cancer Center To Host 2015 Spa Day In June

In the battle against cancer, it’s critical to make time to rest, restore and rejuvenate – both body and soul. With that in mind, the Duke Cancer Center will host the 8th annual Spa Day, an event organized by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, on Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last year...

Durham Man Invites You To Give 1 For Dad

When Sam Poley’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer he felt helpless. However, not one able to sit on his haunches Poley was compelled to try to do something – anything. After some lengthy conversations with his dad’s doctor, Poley decided to do everything he could to keep science moving...

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