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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.

Ovarian Cancer Screening: Cost Effective?

A group of Duke Cancer Institute gynecologic oncology researchers has published a new paper this month with their projections on the cost-effectiveness of ovarian cancer screening in the U.S., based on their analysis of published results of the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (...

A Value-Based Approach To The Use Of PARP Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancer

A group of Duke Cancer Institute gynecologic oncologists, led by Andrew Berchuck, MD, are advising, in a perspectives article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology , that an evidence- and biomarker guided strategy-offers the best value-based approach to the use of oral PARP inhibitor drugs as...

Ovarian Cancer Walk Raises $250K for DCI Research

The 15th annual Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk and 5K Run, held on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Raleigh, raised more than $250,000 this year for ovarian cancer research at Duke Cancer Institute. Andrew Berchuck, MD, who directs the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Duke Cancer Institute’s...

Risk-Reducing Surgery Questioned For Some BRCA Mutation Carriers

Mutations in the BRCA gene correspond to a higher lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, and many women who carry these mutations consider undergoing mastectomy or removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes as preventive measures. But for the subset of women with BRCA mutations who...

Lace Up For The 2017 Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run

The 2017 Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk and 5K Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at Sanderson High School, located at 5500 Dixon Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event, which raises both awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research at Duke, features a 5K run and a 2-mile...

Genetic Study Identifies 12 New Variants For Ovarian Cancer

A genetic examination of the DNA of almost 100,00 people, including 17,000 patients with the most common type of ovarian cancer, has identified 12 new genetic variants that increase risk of developing the disease and confirmed the association of 18 of the previously published variants. Published...

Nationwide Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Shows Promise

When IBM IT architect Laura Elzie, 60, was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago by her long-time primary care physician she was momentarily stunned when she heard, “Some of us never know how we are going to leave this world, but at least you know.” For months she’d been told her pain...

Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Families Help Advance Research

It’s been called the silent killer because it spreads fairly quietly, before causing painful symptoms. By the time many women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, its already advanced through the abdominal cavity. This is what happened to Gail Parkins, who, at the age of 54, was eventually diagnosed...

Women with BRCA1 Gene Mutation at Higher Risk of Deadly Uterine Cancer

Women who carry the BRCA1 gene mutation that dramatically increases their risk of breast and ovarian cancers are also at higher risk for a lethal form of uterine cancer, according to a study led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher. This newly defined risk -- the first to show a conclusive link...

Lace Up & Step Out

The 2016 Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk and 5K Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at Sanderson High School, located at 5500 Dixon Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event, which raises both awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research at Duke, features a 5K run and a 2-mile...

Lace Up & Step Out For 2015 Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run

The 2015 Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk and 5K Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 12, at Sanderson High School, located at 5500 Dixon Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event, which raises both awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research at Duke, features a 5K run and a 2-mile...

Local Artist Paints Shades Of Hope

When Julie Cardillo was diagnosed with cancer she turned to a soothing sanctuary where for most of her lifetime she has best been able to express the emotions within. With richly pigmented tools of the trade, Cardillo began to detail her journey with careful sweeps on the blank canvas before her. A...

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