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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.

In Canines, A Novel Approach To An Old Drug

Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, with one in four developing the disease in his or her lifetime. For humans, it’s one in three. America’s 83 million pet dogs share our environment, have similar genomes and develop spontaneous tumors much like we do. Canine tumors have similar imaging...

Third Annual C3O Symposium Slated For February (2.23.18)

The Consortium for Canine Comparative Oncology (c3o), a collaboration between Duke Cancer Institute and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will host the Third Annual Canine Comparative Oncology Symposium on Friday, Feb. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Durham...

DCI Research Team Takes On Sarcoma in Dogs and Humans

When 12 years ago Sharon and Bill Feipel went to pick up a fawn-colored pug, Otto, they also ended up taking home his brother, the runt of the litter. “It didn’t look like he was going to survive, so we took him, too,” Sharon recalled. They named him Odin, after the Norse god associated with...

Cyclist Hits The Road For DCI Research

“Hi, I’m Paul and I’m cycling across North America for metastatic cancer research,” reads the tagline on Riding4Research.org , the launch pad for Paul Rudershausen’s campaign to raise funds, in his mother’s memory, for Duke Cancer Institute. “On March 9, 2014, I stood in my boyhood home as I...

Physician-Scientist Looks To Environment For Clues To Bladder Cancer

Matt Vitale, a computer lab engineer for Dell Inc., was only 42 years old when he was diagnosed in 2004 with bladder cancer, the fourth most common cancer in men but a cancer that predominantly affects people in their ‘60s and ‘70s. Then a weight trainer and amateur pilot, Vitale, who for the next...

Mark Dewhirst, “The Human Synapse,” Eases Into Retirement

When a Galapagos tortoise suffering from sarcoma needed help in 1983, zookeepers at the Staten Island Zoo called Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, a young scientist at University of Arizona who had been conducting clinical trials on dogs using radiotherapy. They were hoping radiotherapy might also help the...

Enlisting A Dog In The Fight Against Cancer

For years, dogs have sniffed-out land mines, rescued earthquake victims, and guided the blind. Today our BFFs are teaming up with us to confront a shared formidable foe — cancer. America’s 83 million pet dogs share our environment, have similar genomes and develop spontaneous tumors much like we do...

Duke, NC State To Host Second Annual C3O Symposium

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED The Consortium for Canine Comparative Oncology (C3O), a collaboration between Duke Cancer Institute and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will host its second annual symposium on Friday, Feb. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the new JB Duke Hotel...

The Answer to Cancer May Be Walking Beside Us

Humans and canines have a common enemy in cancer; one in three people and one in four dogs will develop the disease in their lifetimes. "This is an opportunity for us to help the human population with cancer, the canine population with cancer, and the owners of the canines and the family members of...

Consortium For Canine Comparative Oncology

When it comes to cancer, man and his best friend are not that different. With similar genomes and shared environmental triggers leading to spontaneous tumors, dogs can throw us a bone or two when it comes to unraveling the mysteries surrounding cancer. To promote the collaborative study of human...

The Answer on the Other End of the Leash

Will Eward, DVM, MD, works to find better treatments for a cancer called sarcoma. It makes no difference to him that half of his patients walk on four legs and bark at the doorbell. Eward, an assistant professor of orthopaedics, spends the first part of his week treating dogs at Triangle Veterinary...