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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.

Taking Steps To Get A Better Look

Having just sent a surgical specimen to pathology, gynecologic cancer surgeon Andrew Berchuck, MD, pauses to call pathologist Shannon McCall, MD, to get her assessment before proceeding further. As she goes into detail about the frozen section projected on her screen, he interrupts, “I’ll be right...

HackBio Brings Together High-Schoolers And Duke Scientists

On March 19 and 20, members of Duke Cancer Institute and The Nicholas School for the Environment held their first-ever HackBio event; a two-day program to engage high school students in experiential learning and broaden their exposure to STEM careers. Twenty-four students from the City of Medicine...

Patient Going Strong Seven Years Past Brain Metastasis Diagnosis

William Blake, 65, worked for the State of West Virginia for about 35 years in the toll division before taking early retirement in 2007 when he got sick with follicular lymphoma. He was treated at Charleston Area Medical Center (WV) and survived that cancer. But when Blake was diagnosed four years...

NCCU & Duke Students Learn Mentor-Mentee Communication Skills

On Wednesday, February 27, a cohort of six graduate students from Duke and six from North Carolina Central University plus one postdoctoral fellow from each school — gathered for a mentor-mentee communications workshop — the third in a series of trainings designed to engage underrepresented...

C3O Drills Down On The Canine-To-Human Biomedical Pipeline

While there have been many successes with newer chemotherapies, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies, many cancer types in the human population don’t respond well to therapy. Of those disease types that do, the short-term and long-term toxicities to the body can be quite significant. There’s a...

For North Durham Nurses, Mentorship Comes Full Circle

Starting around age eight, whenever she had a snow day or holiday, Kelly Murray, CNA, would come to work with her mother Nicki Coates, RN, OCN, CNIII. Murray would volunteer to pass out candy and sit and talk with cancer patients. Aside from a brief childhood dream of being a professional soccer...

SpOoktacular Happenings At DCI

“She just flew right into the door,” said grants and contracts manager Debra Colpitts, explaining the witch who apparently smashed face first. Chair of the Duke Cancer Institute Finance social committee, Colpitts launched a door decorating and costume contest for the first time this year. At least...

Talking Turkey: Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

Every fall, Wesley Brandt fires up the charcoal smoker in his backyard to make turkey barbecue. First, the turkey is smoked over hickory-flavored briquets and chunks of wood for 12 hours, then it’s brought inside to finish cooking in the oven where the succulent and tender meat falls off the bone...

Sea Of Pink: Thousands Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

For a fifth year, Duke Cancer Institute teamed up with the American Cancer Society to serve as local presenting sponsor at the charity’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk held in Raleigh on Oct. 13. Bright sunshine-y skies and cool temps greeted the sea of pink patients, survivors and...

A Call To Service For Clinician Turned Cancer Patient

Just after the New Year in 2017 Duke Cancer Institute physician assistant Scott Balderson, PA, was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church — a milestone in a long spiritual journey that's mission, he said, paired perfectly with his 20 years of clinical service to lung cancer patients. “Deacons...

Pain Management Via Skype Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

Preliminary results of a four-year study led by Duke Cancer Institute clinical psychologist Tamara Somers, PhD, appear to conclude that, when delivered via video chat, a cancer pain therapy protocol her team developed was more accessible than the same therapy delivered in an office setting. This...

Honeycutt Teams With V Foundation In The Race For A Cure

After the loss of her dad, Don Painter, in 2014 to colon cancer, Wanda P. Honeycutt, RN, BSN, CCRP, began running. She participated in her first competitive race a year later when she took part in the 2015 CRUSH Colorectal 5K. That gateway competetive run led to her participation in several half...

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