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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.

C3O Drills Down On The Canine-To-Human Biomedical Pipeline

While there have been many successes with newer chemotherapies, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies, many cancer types in the human population don’t respond well to therapy. Of those disease types that do, the short-term and long-term toxicities to the body can be quite significant. There’s a...

Antonia Appointed Director Of DCI Center For Cancer Immunotherapy

Scott Antonia, MD, PhD, who joined Duke on Monday, Feb. 25, has been appointed director of the newly formed DCI Center for Cancer Immunotherapy, a DCI Strategic Plan priority that aims to enhance the institute’s ability to develop and test novel immunotherapeutic approaches. In addition to his...

Book Your Facebook Live Panel Discussion Now

Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Communications is now hosting Facebook live panel discussions on a monthly basis. These discussions, known as #LunchAndLearn, a Recipe for Knowledge, usually take place at the Duke Cancer Center Patient Resource Room at noon on weekdays. Broadcasts are 15 minutes...

Diversity Training Pilot For Research Teams Launched

Low participation in cancer research and clinical trials is an ongoing national problem that contributes to cancer health disparities. Nationally, only about two to five percent of minorities participate in clinical trials. One primary reason most patients don’t participate in clinical trials,...

Miltier Named AD For Breast And GYN Oncology

Tonya Miltier, MBA, formerly performance services team lead, Duke Health, has been named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Breast and GYN disease groups. “We are delighted Tonya has accepted the role of administrative director for our women’s cancers,” said Laura Sample, MHA,...

February Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Jay Baker, MD; Yousuf Zafar, MD; Cristina Gasparetto, MD; Betty Tong, MD; and many more.

Survivor CRUSHes Cancer, Raises Awareness About Young CRC Patients 

Husband and father-of-three Andy Riley, 42, was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer in May 2017. Valentine’s Day this year was the one-year anniversary of his final surgery. “It’s a pretty big milestone because they tell you that it takes a year, after having the surgery I had, for your system to...

DCI Virologist Pursues EBV Pathways To Cancer

Cancer Institute virologist Micah A. Luftig, PhD, was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was recognized for his contributions to biological science in the field of viral oncology at the AAAS meeting on February 16.

Poillucci Named To TBJ List Of Top 20 Health Care Heroes

Victoria M. Poillucci, MSN, Med, ACNP-BC, APP team lead for Wake County oncology, has been named a 2019 Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) Health Care Hero. “Working with cancer patients is a privilege that I am proud of every day,” shared Poillucci, who is also the recipient of a 2018 Duke Friends of...

Study Signals Survival Benefit for Black Men On New Prostate Cancer Drugs

It used to be a statistical fact that African-American men fared worse than whites when battling prostate cancer. But recent research led by scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute has been challenging that notion. Added evidence will be presented Feb. 11 at a meeting of the American Society of...

Tobin’s Daughter Nominated For LLS Student Of The Year

Each year The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosts its Student of The Year campaign, a philanthropic leadership development program in which high school students raise funds to help support those in their communities battling blood cancers. Quinn Tobin, the youngest daughter of Jim and Kathy...

CRUSHing For A Cause

The Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease group will host its annual CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Walk on Saturday, March 9, at the Shops at Northgate in Durham. The event raises funds to support colorectal cancer research at Duke. Last year's event attracted more than 1,000...

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