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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.

Analysis: Survival Benefit for African-Americans with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Contrary to current perceptions, certain African-American men with advanced prostate cancer have as good a chance of survival as white men and might actually have a small advantage, according to a new analysis of more than 8,000 patients who participated in clinical trials. In a study presented...

Black Patients Show Stronger Response to Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

African-American men with advanced prostate cancer might be more responsive than white men to an anti-androgen drug and steroids, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. While median survival was similar for both black and white participants in the study, the findings...

Caregiver and Widow Finds Counseling Support At Duke

Susan Hand, 73, has had it with hospitals and cancer. Her husband Charlie, 79, battled colon cancer, tonsil cancer and unrelated heart trouble during the last year of life. He passed away suddenly last August. At about the same time Hand’s sister’s brain cancer returned, resulting in several...

Wei Receives $200,000 Grant For Lung Cancer Research

In partnership, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina and The V Foundation for Cancer Research have awarded a $200,000 grant to Qingyi Wei , MD, PhD, Duke Cancer Institute. The grant funds research on disparities among African-Americans, with a focus on lung cancer patients in North Carolina...

Legislation Will Help Kids With Cancer Live Longer, Healthier Lives

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is commending Congress for working in a bipartisan fashion to pass the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access & Research (STAR) Act of 2018. The STAR Act passed in the House of Representatives yesterday after having passed in the...

Float Nurse, Cancer Survivor Says A Change Does Him Good

The winds of change—they do blow. This is especially true for Kyle McMichael, RN, an oncology float nurse who on any given day can find himself at a different clinic, hospital floor or cancer center. “I like change,” said McMichael, 28, a native of Columbus, Ohio. “I enjoy that my day is rarely...

Ophthalmic Oncology Center Expands Multidisciplinary Services

To meet growing demand, Duke University Eye Center now offers a vast, full-service Ophthalmic Oncology Center that provides a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment for tumors in and around the eye. The Duke Ophthalmic Oncology Center provides the latest care and treatment for primary...

Bone Scan Software Accurately Calculates Prognosis of Advanced Prostate Cancer

andrewarmstrong.jpg A software tool to automatically calculate how extensively bones have been infiltrated by prostate cancer is both accurate and speedy, capturing key prognostic information related to survival and the development of symptoms over time. The software, called the automated bone scan...

Myeloma Specialist To Pedal Across England And France

Cristina Gasparetto , MD, hematologic malignancies and cellular therapy specialist, has signed on to participate in the road to Victories London to Paris Ride, a challenge event supporting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) mission to fund myeloma research leading to better...

Deshler Named To Head Up DCI Development

Amy Deshler , senior executive director of Duke Children’s, has been named to serve as senior executive director, overseeing Duke Cancer Institute Development. Deshler first joined Duke Children’s in July 2016, overseeing the development team. Over the past two years, Deshler has led her team to...

Cancer Expert Named Chair Of Department of Medicine

Kathleen Cooney, MD, a medical oncologist and internationally known physician scientist, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Cooney joins Duke from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she is the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential...

Staff Recognized For Years Of Service

May is Duke Appreciation month, a celebration of 38,000 staff and faculty members who keep Duke University and Health System thriving. As part of the celebration, Duke honors nearly 4,000 employees who are marking career milestones of 10,15, 20 and more years of service. Ronda Pulliam , radiologic...

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