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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.

NCCN Publishes First-Ever U.S. Guidelines for Rare Cancers Associated with Pregnancy 

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® ( NCCN ®) has released new treatment guidelines for a group of rare cancers that impact women during pregnancy. Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN), also known as gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), can occur when tumors develop in the cells...

No One Should Battle Cancer Alone, Community Helps

Diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer and admitted to a local hospital, Laura Gould-White, 48, a wife and mother of three, found herself besieged by bill collectors even as she was fighting for her life. “As a stay-at-home mom it’s been my responsibility to handle the finances,” she said, tears...

DCI Nurse Is Bright Spot For Patients

What does it take to be a great oncology nurse? Joey Misuraca, RN, the nurse manager on the 9100 unit of Duke University Hospital, where seriously ill blood cancer patients are treated, is clear. “What I’m looking for as I hire these new nurses is someone who’s coming out enthusiastic to learn;...

Get In The Game. Know Your Scores.

Get in the game — know your scores. Duke Cancer Institute's Office of Health Equity (OHE) and its partner Lincoln Community Health Center will offer FREE prostate cancer screenings on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9. Men between the ages of 45 and 75, who have never been diagnosed with...

Norboge Named Director, Oncology Clinical and Research IT

Emily Norboge, MPA, was recently named director for Oncology Clinical and Research Information Technology (IT), a newly created position supporting Duke Cancer Institute Health Information Technology. “Emily will help DCI leverage IT resources across Duke Health to help DCI achieve its strategic...

Duke Cancer Institute Ready To Light The Night

For a second year, hematologic oncologist Danielle Brander, MD, will lead the way for Team Duke Cancer Center Durham at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night walk. Duke Raleigh Hospital president David Zaas, MD, MBA, and his wife Aimee Zaas, MD, will, also for a second year,...

Researchers Solve Mystery Of How ALL Enters the Central Nervous System

A deadly feature of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is its invasion of the central nervous system. ALL in the central nervous system is very difficult to treat, because most drugs are blocked from the organ system due to a "blood-brain barrier" designed to protect the brain. How cancer cells...

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,...

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