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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...

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...

New Insight Illuminates How Cells Respond to Stress

Duke Cancer Institute scientists have described a previously unknown series of steps that cells undergo when stressed, adding crucial information to the understanding of DNA damage that is at the heart of research into aging and cancer. The finding is reported online in the journal Cancer Discovery...

Personalized Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Equals Peace of Mind

Shanel Wilson-Poe, 43, knows that one-in-eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and she doesn’t want to be one of them. So, when her annual mammogram — her first ever mammogram — and a biopsy back home revealed abnormalities, she was concerned. Following the...

Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma Well Tolerated; Survival Gains Observed

A phase one study of 11 patients with glioblastoma who received injections of an investigational vaccine therapy and an approved chemotherapy showed the combination to be well tolerated while also resulting in unexpectedly significant survival increases, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute...

For Testicular Cancer Survivor, Early Detection Was Key

After months of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, Eric and Katherine Hall were celebrating the news that she was pregnant with their first child. Eric Hall, a professor of exercise science at Elon University, and Katherine, a geriatrics researcher and assistant professor with the Duke...

Teacher, Melanoma Survivor, Thanks Her DCI “Dragonslayer”

Fourth grade teacher Tricia Gallagher was 43 when she felt something like a scab — smaller than a sunflower seed — on her head. She didn’t think much of it. “I thought it was a tick, because my boys and I hike,” said the energetic mother of two active teenagers. Her doctor in Winston Salem, North...

Leaders Make Collaboration Focus of Cancer Moonshot Summit

As a part of Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, DC last month, leaders from North Carolina’s three comprehensive cancer centers gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to convene their own regional summit. “The goal of the ‘moonshot’ is to propel us...

Duke Breast Cancer Expert Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Shelley Hwang, MD , chief of breast surgery at the Duke Cancer Institute, has been named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people for 2016 as a pioneer in her field. One of the world’s foremost experts in early-stage breast cancers, Hwang has become an international leader calling for research to...

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