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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.

Caregiver and Widow Finds Counseling Support At Duke

Susan Hand, 73, has had it with hospitals and cancer. Her husband Charlie, 79, battled colon cancer, tonsil cancer and unrelated heart trouble during the last year of life. He passed away suddenly last August. At about the same time Hand’s sister’s brain cancer returned, resulting in several...

Tree Lighting Ceremony Shines A Light On Survivorship

Shining a light for supportive care and survivorship, more than 160 guests attended the 27th Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 1. "The event was a wonderful success and symbolized the strength and hope felt by those coping with cancer," said Cheyenne Corbett...

His Light Shines For Survivorship

Tim McKenna, 34, had just recently moved to Durham, North Carolina, when he scheduled an appointment for a routine physical. It was at that appointment that he mentioned to his primary care doctor that he “was lactating.” “My doctor ordered a mammogram,” remembered McKenna. “Although the results...

DCPSP To Host 27th Annual Lighting Ceremony

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) will host the 27th Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony at Duke Cancer Center on Friday, Dec. 1. The event features a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession to the Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility. This...

Survivor Gets Jumpstart On Making Strides

The sky was clear. The sun was bright. And Angie Vega and her husband Dave Izquierdo were in high spirits. Right up near the stage at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, they were animated and sociable. Laughing, Angie posed for photos. She was decked out in a...

June Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Andrew Armstrong, MD; Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD; and Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD.

Locks of Love

Leslie Love, 59, has been volunteering with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for more than 11 years now, assisting patients in the chemo room at the Morris Cancer Clinic. She never thought that she would flip to the other side. But in November 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer...

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

Community Invited To Spring For Support

Benefitting the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program , organizers hope to raise $35,000 at this year’s Spring for Support 5K on Saturday, April 1, at Duke’s East Campus in Durham. In 2015 the event raised a record $17,000 to the support the Duke Cancer patient Support Program. The Duke Cancer...

They're Glad He Came

Duke Retiree-Turned-Cancer-Survivor Brings New Meaning to Service: Plenty busy with fishing, golfing and grandchildren, Jim Slaughter, a Duke retiree, doesn’t just volunteer because he has the time; he volunteers because, as they say, he has the heart. Diagnosed three years ago with stage 4 small...

Hartford-Todd and Alcorn Recognized

The Presidential Award is one of the highest honors given to Duke University faculty and staff. The awards program recognizes full-time employees who have excelled in their positions, having made exceptional contributions to the university and health system during the previous calendar year. The...

DCPSP To Host 25th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) will host the 25th Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony at the Duke Cancer Center on Thursday, Dec. 10. The event features a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession to the Seese-Thornton Garden of Tranquility...

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