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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.

One Man’s Genetic Testing Inspires Pioneering Discovery

The Symons family has taken the famous song lyric “from sea to shining sea” to an entirely new level. Rather than simply traveling from state-to-state to see America, the family committed to literally running from coast-to-coast by competing in each of the 50 states. However, along the way they...

Duke Nurse Turned Cancer Survivor

Bethany Clements, 54, has been an oncology nurse at Duke Cancer Institute for the past 25 years. Clements dedicated her career to helping others battling cancer, but in May 2011 she found herself facing her own personal battle with the disease. During one evening work shift, Clements, in an ironic...

Duke Cancer Institute Authorized To Offer Commercial CAR T-Cell Therapy  

On Jan. 31, Duke Cancer Institute joined a select group of medical centers across the country (34 to date) certified and trained to administer Yescarta, the first Food and Drug Administration-approved CAR T-cell therapy for the treatment of adult patients with certain types of relapsed or...

IBC Consortium Translates Research Into Action

The Duke Consortium for Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) recently hosted its first-ever annual meeting — “Engaging Our Community in IBC Research and Awareness .” Held in partnership with the IBC Network Foundation , Duke Cancer Institute, Duke, Duke University School of Medicine, Department of...

Brain Tumor Center Names New Director

David M. Ashley, PhD, was recently named director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. He succeeds Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, who became director emeritus on Feb. 1. Before leaving Australia to join Duke in 2017 as professor of neurosurgery and director of the pediatric neuro-oncology...

March 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 Michael Morse, MD; Daniel George, MD; Gita Suneja, MD, Thomas Stinchcombe, MD; and many others.

Therapist Takes On Endurance Challenge In Support Of Fight Against Blood Cancers

As an oncology recreation therapist, Tiffany Atkinson, MS, LRT, knows first-hand that “bouncing back” from the sometimes destructive effects of cancer treatment can be an uphill climb. However, when it comes to helping her patients transition back to health and wellness, Atkinson urges them on,...

The Year Of The Dog

More than one million of the 4.5 million pet dogs in the U.S. that get cancer this year will be brought to the vet by their owners for treatment. Fortunately, as new human therapies for cancer have opened up, expanded treatment options for our four-pawed friends have, too. “Pet owners are very...

Deputy Director Receives Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Award

Deputy director of Duke Cancer Institute Steven Patierno, PhD, recently received the 2018 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award from the Duke Office for Institutional Equity. Patierno wears many hats, so to speak. He is responsible for overseeing all of DCI's initiatives in the realms of...

Tidwell Named Director of Operations

Lisa Tidwell, MHA, FACHE, was recently named director of operations for Oncology Services at Duke University Hospital (DUHS). "In her new role, Lisa will provide overall administrative direction and coordination for the operational and financial management of oncology services at DUH for our...

With New Center, DCI Tackles Brain Metastasis Head-On

During the summer of 2016 Dave and Lisa VanTress retired from their jobs in Syracuse, New York, and headed south to the sunny shores of South Carolina, where they could be close to family and indulge their passion for fishing. They bought a townhouse in Little River, a five-minute drive to the...

Ashley Awarded V Foundation Grant for Poliovirus Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded David Ashley, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, a three-year $600,000 grant for his proposed research project “Poliovirus-Instigated APC Responses Against BRaf (V600E) for Pedatric Brain Tumor Immunotherapy.” In July 2017 Ashley was named director of Pediatric Neuro...

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