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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.

Mother’s Cancer Battle Prompts Turning Tables For Onetime Textile Designer

Susan C. Hicks Hope Charities To Host Benefit Golf Tournament Having earned a degree in textile design from North Carolina State University, Anderson Garrett was working for a textile manufacturing company when in April 2006 her mother learned she had adenocarcinoma, a non-small cell lung cancer...

Two Are Better Than One

The communal dining room was filled mostly with couples chatting somberly with one another at their individual tables—fitting given the enormity of each of their circumstances. One table, however, right up front, was completely occupied with people who were engaged in lively conversation accented...

School of Hard Knocks Results In Hair-Raising Twist of Fate

Ray Lingle, 42, graduated in the 1990s from Campbell University with a degree in music education, but he wasn’t in the classroom long before he realized that although he enjoyed both music and kids, disciplining mischievous and unruly youngsters was not his strong suit. “Basically, I let the kids...

Survivorship Day Attracts Hundreds of Guests

Hundreds of patients, their loved ones and caregivers—more than 500 altogether—attended Survivorship Day activities in Wake County, on June 4, and in Durham, on June 5. Both events featured activities designed to help guest relax, rejuvenate and educate. Approximately 30 local businesses...

Bringing To Light Topics of Global Relevance: Healthcare Access, Equity and Real-World Data

In January 2019, Sylvia Rice’s life changed when the mother of four was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer. “The nurse walked in and she looked at my mom and said, ‘you have cancer, it’s metastatic but we do not know yet where the primary tumor is coming from,” recalled Sylvia Rice...

One Woman's Gift Creates Respite For Many

Raised in a Jewish home on Long Island, New York, Donna Bernstein was well acquainted with tzedakah , a Hebrew word referring to the moral obligation to do what’s right and just, including works of charity—a principle her father and mother believed in and incorporated into their daily lives while...

A Place Of Hope: Celebrating The Bernstein Family Garden

A few dozen grateful patients, providers and staff came together on Wednesday, May 15, for a sunny reception to honor Donna Bernstein for her gracious gift that seven years ago founded The Bernstein Family Garden. “Today is an opportunity to celebrate Donna’s vision, her passion for making the...

Pink Ink Tattoo Lady Revs Up To Ride In 2019 Komen Race

Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tara Dunsmore Williamson, 46, dedicated her most of her adult life to a career as a nurse. However, in 2012 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Williamson traded a nurse’s IV needle for a needle of another kind—a tattoo needle. “After a lumpectomy followed...

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...

Zaas Named Triangle Student Of The Year

When Jake Zaas, 15, learned he was a bone marrow match for his dad, David Zaas , MD, president of Duke Raleigh Hospital, there was no hesitation. David was battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the bone marrow and blood caused by a rare genetic mutation. In early 2017, Jake donated to...

Ready, Set, CRUSH!

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in men and in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. says the American Cancer Society. One in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The Duke Cancer Institute...

Metastatic Cancer Survivor Dismisses Fear; Embraces “Eye Of The Tiger”

Join us at facebook.com/dukecancerinstitute on Wednesday, May 1, at noon for a live panel discussion featuring cancer survivor and cycling enthusiast Tom Vibert, his oncologist John Strickler and Katie Sweet, senior manager of communications with The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Our own...

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