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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.

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...

Deadly Cancers Show Early, Detectable Differences from Benign Tumors

Do metastatic cancer tumors “break bad” or are they “born bad”? This question is an essential mystery in cancer early detection and treatment. Lacking a clear answer, patients are given the same aggressive therapies when small, abnormal clusters of cells are discovered early, even though they might...

New Advances in Overcoming Prostate Cancer Disparities

African American men are nearly two times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men and nearly three times more likely to die from the disease. In North Carolina, the rate of prostate cancer-related deaths among African Americans is higher than the national average. Researchers at the...

May 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 includes John Sampson, MD, PhD; Daniel George, MD; Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD; Ravi Bellamkonda, PhD; and many others.

A Message To Our DCI Nurses

As we approach the final days of Oncology Nursing Month, I want to thank you for what you do each and every day. This year’s theme is the “The Art of Caring. The Science of Care.” What a wonderfully simple way to describe the complex care oncology nurses provide. You are there with your patients...

McDonnell Team Awarded $7 Million For Breast Cancer Study

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute scientist Donald McDonnell, PhD, has been awarded a Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Innovator Award, totaling $7,368,485, by the United States Department of Defense Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The...

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