November Newsmakers

Can a probiotic prevent COVID-19? (MD Edge)
Features Anthony Sung, MD

LISTEN: How I treat NSCLC in the era of PD-L1 inhibitors and the COVID-19 pandemic (MD Edge)
Features Jeffrey Crawford, MD, and Susan Blackwell, PA

WATCH: Keeping yourself healthy against coronavirus? The answer may be in your gut (WRAL)
Features Anthony Sung, MD, and Paul Wischmeyer, MD

Half of women treated for gynecologic cancers miss or skip doses of oral drugs (MD Edge)
Features Catherine Watson, MD

'This is my why' | Teen battling brain cancer and Duke Health nurse singing together captured in touching video (WCNC)
Features Duke Health nurses David Duckett and Grace Perry

Heartwarming video shows teen battling cancer dancing with nurse (Newsweek)

Incorporating Genomics into Lymphoma Classification Can Improve Care (Targeted Oncology)
Features Sandeep Dave, MD

Dr. Michaela Dinan Named Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center (Yale Medicine)
Features Michaela Dinan, PhD

The Combination of LAG525 and Spartalizumab in Advanced Malignancies (Onc Live)
Features Tian Zhang, MD

WATCH: Duke University professor honored for breast cancer research (WRAL)
Features Donald McDonnell, PhD

American Cancer Society still fighting cancer during pandemic (WNCN)
Features Gayle DiLalla, MD, FACS

Doctors may have found a set of previously unidentified organs in the center of your head (The New York Times)
Features Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD

Doctors may have found a set of previously unidentified organs in the center of your head (Orlando Sentinal) *also carried by 6 other outlets including in Baltimore, Chicago and Richmond
Features Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD

After a breast cancer diagnosis, many Black women face barriers that delay their care (STAT)
Features Lola Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, FACS

READ THE RECAP: Family Reach's Imagine Cancer Equity Series Leads Conversation About Social Determinants of Health   REGISTER to WATCH the Recording (Family Reach)
Features Lola Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, FACS

Cure’s Inaugural Lung Cancer Heroes Program Honors Several Individuals Who Have Dedicated Their Lives and Careers to Improving Care for Patients (Cure Today)
Features Jennifer Garst, MD

4 Women Get Real About Numbness Post Mastectomy and Regaining Their Confidence  (POPSUGAR-Fitness)
Features Shelly Hwang, MD, MPH

Dr. Christina Cone Honored With The Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Oncology by APSHO (ASCO Post)
Features Christina Cone, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCNP

Black patients less likely to receive H. pylori eradication testing (MDEdge and Clinician Reviews)
Julius Wilder, MD, PhD; David A. Leiman, MD, MSHP 

First NIH/NICHD Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development K12 Award Recipients Announced Duke (OBGyn)
Features Rebecca Previs, MD, MS, and Jonas Swartz, MD, MPH

VA, Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine Launch Partnership to Enhance Breast Cancer Treatment for Veterans (My ChesCo (PA))

Regionalized Therapies Can Prolong Life for Patients with Metastatic Cancer (Duke Health)
Michael Lidsky, MD, Georgia M. Beasley, MD, MHSc, and Dan Blazer III, MD

Transcription factors may inadvertently lock in DNA mistakes (Duke SoM)
Features Hashim Al-Hashimi, PhD, Raluca Gordan PhD, Maria Schumacher, PhD

Christina Cone wins prestigious award (Dept. of Neurosurgery)
Features Christina Cone, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCNP

WATCH: Virtual Tour of Duke Radiation Oncology: Duke Cancer Center & Durham VA Medical Center (Duke Department of Radiation Oncology)

Twenty-two School of Medicine Faculty Named to the Annual List "Most Cited Researchers" (Duke SoM)
Charles A. Gersbach, PhD (Cross-Field) and Jason Locasale, PhD (Cross-Field) and Christopher Newgard, PhD


Phase II Single-Arm Study of Preoperative Letrozole for Estrogen Receptor-Positive Postmenopausal Ductal Carcinoma In Situ: CALGB 40903 (Alliance). Journal of Clinical Oncology. April 2020.
E Shelley Hwang, Terry Hyslop, Laura H Hendrix, Stephanie Duong, Isabelle Bedrosian, Elissa Price, Abigail Caudle, Tina Hieken, Joseph Guenther, Clifford A Hudis, Eric Winer, Alan P Lyss, Diana Dickson-Witmer, Richard Hoefer, David W Ollila, Timothy Hardman, Jeffrey Marks, Yunn-Yi Chen, Gregor Krings, Laura Esserman, Nola Hylton.
*This paper was chosen this month as one of 2020's Most Significant Manuscripts by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Adherence to Oral Anticancer Therapeutics in the Gynecologic Oncology Population. Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dec. 2020. Watson, Catherine H. MD; Fish, Laura J. MPH, PHD; Falkovic, Margaret MSW; Monuszko, Karen BS; Lorenzo, Amelia MS; Havrilesky, Laura J. MD, MHSc; Secord, Angeles Alvarez MD, MHSc; Davidson, Brittany A. MD.

Tumor Mutational Burden as a Predictor of Immunotherapy Response: Is More Always Better ? Clinical Cancer Research. Nov. 16, 2020. John H Strickler, Brent A. Hanks and Mustafa Khasraw.

G9a Promotes Breast Cancer Recurrence through Repression of a Pro-inflammatory Program. Cell Reports. Nov. 3, 2020. Nathaniel W. Mabe, Nina Marie G. Garcia, Shayna E. Wolery, Rachel Newcomb, Ryan C. Meingasner, Brittany A. Vilona, Ryan Lupo, Chao-Chieh Lin, Jen-Tsan Chi, James V. Alvarez.

DNA mismatches reveal conformational penalties in protein–DNA recognition. Nature. Oct. 21, 2020. Ariel Afek, Honglue Shi, Atul Rangadurai, Harshit Sahay, Alon Senitzki, Suela Xhani, Mimi Fang, Raul Salinas, Zachery Mielko, Miles A. Pufall, Gregory M. K. Poon, Tali E. Haran, Maria A. Schumacher, Hashim M. Al-Hashimi & Raluca Gordân.

Cue-based treatment for light smokers: A proof of concept pilot Addict Behav. October 17, 2020. Pollak, Kathryn I., Jason A. Oliver, Carl Pieper, James M. Davis, Xiaomei Gao, Devon Noonan, Danielle Kennedy, Isa Granados, and Laura J. Fish.

Adaptation and selection shape clonal evolution of tumors during residual disease and recurrence. Nature. Oct. 6, 2020. Communications. Andrea Walens, Jiaxing Lin, Jeffrey S. Damrauer, Brock McKinney, Ryan Lupo, Rachel Newcomb, Douglas B. Fox, Nathaniel W. Mabe, Jeremy Gresham, Zhecheng Sheng, Alexander B. Sibley, Tristan De Buysscher, Hemant Kelkar, Piotr A. Mieczkowski, Kouros Owzar & James V. Alvarez.

KRASG12C Inhibition with Sotorasib in Advanced Solid Tumors New England Journal of Medicine. Sept. 24, 2020. David S. Hong, M.D., Marwan G. Fakih, M.D., John H. Strickler, M.D., Jayesh Desai, M.D., Gregory A. Durm, M.D., Geoffrey I. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., Gerald S. Falchook, M.D., Timothy J. Price, M.B., B.S., D.Hlth.Sc., Adrian Sacher, M.D., M.M.Sc., Crystal S. Denlinger, M.D., Yung-Jue Bang, M.D., Ph.D., Grace K. Dy, M.D., John C. Krauss, M.D., Yasutoshi Kuboki, M.D., James C. Kuo, M.D., Andrew L. Coveler, M.D., Keunchil Park, M.D., Ph.D., Tae Won Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Fabrice Barlesi, M.D., Ph.D., Pamela N. Munster, M.D., Suresh S. Ramalingam, M.D., Timothy F. Burns, M.D., Ph.D., Funda Meric-Bernstam, M.D., Haby Henary, M.D., Jude Ngang, Pharm.D., Gataree Ngarmchamnanrith, M.D., June Kim, Ph.D., Brett E. Houk, Ph.D., Jude Canon, Ph.D., J. Russell Lipford, Ph.D., Gregory Friberg, M.D., Piro Lito, M.D., Ph.D., Ramaswamy Govindan, M.D., and Bob T. Li, M.D., M.P.H.

I Already Know That Smoking Ain't Good for Me": Patient and Clinician Perspectives on Lung Cancer Screening Decision-Making Discussions as a Teachable Moment. Chest  September 2020. Golden, Sara E., Sarah S. Ono, Anne Melzer, James Davis, Steven B. Zeliadt, Jaimee L. Heffner, Hasmeena Kathuria, Ginny Garcia-Alexander, and Christopher G. Slatore.

Strategies for Referring Cancer Patients in a Smoking Cessation Program. Int J Environ Res Public Health August 21, 2020. Davis, James M., Leah C. Thomas, Jillian E. H. Dirkes, and H Scott Swartzwelder.

Health benefits and economic advantages associated with increased utilization of a smoking cessation program. J Comp Eff Res August 2020: 817–28. Datta, Santanu K., Paul A. Dennis, and James M. Davis.