Duke Cancer Fund


The Road Less Traveled

Pastor Ronald Godbee and Meira Epplein, PhD
Partners in Prevention: Pastor Ronald L. Godbee and researcher Meira Epplein, PhD, worked together as part of an effort to spread the word in the Durham Community about a simple test and preventative treatment to eradicate a common stomach bacterium that is the leading cause of stomach cancer.

Inspired by the bravery of our patients, we have become unafraid to pursue even outrageous possibilities. Is the risk higher? Yes. And sometimes we fall short. But when we succeed, we unleash game-changing breakthroughs that seldom occur in the hallways of any other cancer center.

Duke Cancer Institute is a collaborative powerhouse providing the perfect incubator for high-reward discovery, rapid innovation and improved patient outcomes.

Rising stars and renowned leaders alike come here to join our global front-runners in science, medicine and technology.

We encourage these brilliant investigators and physicians with an ethos of original thinking and collaboration to accelerate and expand their pioneering work.

At Duke Cancer Institute, you’ll find remarkable stories everywhere you look. As you read about these ground-breaking discoveries, innovative treatments and courageous lives, don’t be surprised if you feel a restless energy and a rising determination.

We now seek the ultimate collaboration—the partnership that will allow us to fully realize the potential of every step we have taken to transform cancer research and care.

Andrew Armstrong biopsy
A Landmark Trial: Andrew Armstrong and other Duke researchers are using “liquid biopsies” to personalize cancer treatment. Results from a clinical trial led by Armstrong, called PROPHECY, showed that a blood test that detects circulating cancer cells could help guide the selection of treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer.

The Duke Cancer Fund ensures that science keeps moving forward to better treatments and, ulimately, cures. When you partner with us and support this fund, you provide us with resources we can apply quickly and dramatically to fund our most important work:

  • removing regulatory roadblocks between novel therapies and patients
  • fast-tracking frontier research and innovative treatments
  • enabling leading-edge cancer surgeries and procedures
  • attracting and energizing the brightest young minds in cancer research

Best of all, your donation fosters even more working partnerships between our patients and our scientists, pushing back the frontiers of cancer research while giving patients the gift of another cherished month, another treasured season, another priceless year.

The Duke Cancer Fund provides the opportunity to make remarkable impact by uniting the gifts of many individuals to provide resources where they are most needed. Your donations go directly to cutting-edge cancer research, education and integrated patient care at Duke Cancer Institute. Your generous support will provide hope to patients and families battling cancer and ensures that we can continue the breakthrough work we’ve already begun.

We welcome gifts to all areas of cancer research, including our Duke Cancer Fund that supports priority areas of greatest need across Duke Cancer Institute.  

All of us at the DCI earnestly invite you to consider a philanthropic partnership with us—to join us on the road less traveled.

We excitedly—and impatiently—await your answer.