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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.

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...

DCI Nurse Is Bright Spot For Patients

What does it take to be a great oncology nurse? Joey Misuraca, RN, the nurse manager on the 9100 unit of Duke University Hospital, where seriously ill blood cancer patients are treated, is clear. “What I’m looking for as I hire these new nurses is someone who’s coming out enthusiastic to learn;...

Duke Surgeon Champions Equity In Breast Cancer Support And Care 

On an icy day in January a diverse group of female veterans – eight in all – braved the elements to attend the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) for the hospital’s first-ever Breast Cancer Support Group gathering. Duke breast surgical oncologist Oluwadamilola “Lola” Fayanju, MD, MA,...

Cancer Patient looks Beyond Own Plight To Champion Outcome For Others

Patricia “Trish” Mackey and her husband, Michael, love nothing more than to rally friends and family around their dining room table for an evening of lively conversation and fabulous food. For a period of time, they hosted an annual gathering in which they whipped up huge spreads fit for royalty,...

Patient’s Advice: Nourish The Soul     

Nadine Tolman takes a sip of water from a plastic cup that her husband, Fay, has just brought her from the refreshment station. “Remember, you need to stay hydrated,” he says softly, laying his hand on her shoulder, “and don’t forget to eat your lunch.” The gentle gesture from her husband disrupts...

Float Nurse, Cancer Survivor Says A Change Does Him Good

The winds of change—they do blow. This is especially true for Kyle McMichael, RN, an oncology float nurse who on any given day can find himself at a different clinic, hospital floor or cancer center. “I like change,” said McMichael, 28, a native of Columbus, Ohio. “I enjoy that my day is rarely...

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