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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...

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...

A Small Price to Pay

Kristin Schroeder, MD, MPH, remembers the dad that called to tell her he had found a way to pay for the medicine to treat his son’s lymphoma; he had just sold his cow. He said he would come the next day to get the chemo at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania. “I said, ‘oh my goodness!’ A cow...

Paul Modrich Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Duke Cancer Institute member Paul Modrich, PhD, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Modrich is also a James B. Duke professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Duke University School of Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He shares the prize with Aziz Sancar,...

Fluorescence Lights Up Hidden Cancer

Surgery is a crucial weapon against cancer. But cancer can evade it. A surgeon may think all the tumor has been removed, only to find out from pathology reports that some was left behind. That can mean a second surgery for the patient. Or, if microscopic cancer cells aren’t found by pathologists,...

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