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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.

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”

As an industrial engineer, Tom Vibert, 56, has excelled in his career by identifying waste and streamlining production processes; all the while, without jeopardizing quality. It’s no surprise then that when diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer, Vibert dismissed the emotions that didn't...

Survivor CRUSHes Cancer, Raises Awareness About Young CRC Patients 

Husband and father-of-three Andy Riley, 42, was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer in May 2017. Valentine’s Day this year was the one-year anniversary of his final surgery. “It’s a pretty big milestone because they tell you that it takes a year, after having the surgery I had, for your system to...

Patient With Rare Pancreas Cancer Beats The Odds

Tom Dinwiddie, 69, was featured in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer four years ago for having survived 30 months past an end-stage cancer diagnosis. He’s now lived nearly six years with no evidence of recurrent or metastatic disease. Just after Thanksgiving last year, he made a special trip...

DCI Receives Funds for Teen/Young Adult Cancer Patients

A festive event at Duke Cancer Institute on Wednesday morning celebrated a $400,000 award from First Citizens Bank and Teen Cancer America to support programs for teens and young adult cancer patients. “We are delighted to join with Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank to continue to expand...

Home For Christmas

There was a chill in the late November air, but only warmth in Ashley Reaves Linden’s room in the cancer ward on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when Joe Newberry, one of Ashley’s favorite bluegrass musicians, stopped by to sing her an early Christmas carol. “Snow falls round the manger, love melts it away,...

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...

Couple Marry At Duke Five Days After Cancer Diagnosis

In J.K. Rowling’s 1999 Harry Potter novel, “Prisoner of Azkaban,” professor Albus Dumbledore foresees the tough times ahead and reminds the inhabitants of the castle to stay hopeful and optimistic. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,” he...

Florida Golf Tournament Raises $50,000 For Brain Tumor Research

Jacksonville, Florida, resident Oren Margol loved nothing more than getting out with his buddies for a game of golf. In fact, he and his friends eventually formed an informal once-a-year tourney they deemed, in good humor, the “Catholics Versus the Jews.” And although it was admittedly a little lop...

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