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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.

Chocolatier Turned Oncology Research Coordinator Sweetens The Day For Patients At Caring House

Most people indulge in some sort of hobby — dipping into this and dipping into that. However, for Diane Pinder, a clinical research coordinator, her love of chocolate is more than just an indulgence — it is another way she’s found to reach out and care for others. Pinder, one-time chocolatier, and...

Research Oncology Team Turns The Tables On Obligatory Gift-Giving Tradition

What do you give to someone who has just about everything he or she needs? After years of giving what had become the “same ol’, same ol,’” the Genitourinary Research Oncology Team decided to add a twist to the annual obligatory tradition. Armed with a heart for others, the group wrapped up the...

He Found a Home Away From Home

A recently retired electrician whose roots on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast date back five generations, Ken Baysden loves to take his boat out fishing around the cut banks of Bogue Sound. He grew up on the water and doesn’t like to be away for too long. But last summer a six-week series of...

Caring House To Host 25th Annual Gala

For more than 25 years Caring House has provided a home away from home for cancer patients treated at Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). Caring House features 18 beautiful rooms, a great room, library, laundry room, gym and a fully equipped community kitchen. Guests enjoy a supportive community setting...

Cancer Survivor Steps Out In Fight Against Blood Cancers

After graduating in May 2012 from North Carolina’s High Point University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, Sasha Zabavin moved to New York City for a promising internship with a large retail company. Six months later, on the Friday before Christmas, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin...

Graduation Day Ushers In New Start For Duke Cancer Patient

As seniors across the nation are donning caps and gowns for high school and college graduations, on Friday, April 29, Shannon “Paige” Walker put on her own commencement attire for a graduation of a different kind. “This is my final day of radiation,” declared Walker, a patient at Duke. “I’m...

August Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists and researchers whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Yousuf Zafar, MD; Dan George, MD; Sita Nair, PhD; Matthias Gromeier, MD; and many more.

Guest Apartment For Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

Caring House, a local non-profit dedicated to providing affordable housing for Duke cancer patients and their caregivers, held a ribbon cutting July 16 to celebrate its newly-renovated guest apartment — an apartment dedicated exclusively to bone marrow transplant patients. “You’re looking at the...