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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.

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...

Breast Cancer Patients Prefer Knowing Costs Prior to Starting Treatment

patientfinancialtoxicity.jpg Even when they had good health insurance coverage, women with breast cancer reported having financial worries related to their care, and the vast majority said they preferred to know about treatment costs at the time of diagnosis. The findings from a study by Duke...

When Championing A Cause Size Doesn't Matter

They say it takes no longer than a blink of an eye to “size” up another person. At nearly four-feet, five-inches tall, Barbara Flink, 63, has endured her share of snap judgements. However, it doesn’t take long to discover that what Flink may lack in stature she makes up tenfold in personality 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...

Two-Time Cancer Survivor To Make Strides And Light The Night

In 2004, Cary, North Carolina real estate broker and mother-of-two Mary Ann Feagan, then 47, noticed a lump in the outside corner of her left eyelid. Following a biopsy surgery at Duke, she was diagnosed with a slow-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and referred to hematologic oncologist Joseph...

Heroes In Pink To Strut Their Stuff

The Duke Breast Program is rolling out the fushia carpet and inviting its Heroes In Pink to strut their stuff — to both raise awareness and funds to support breast health education. On Friday, Sept. 21, the Duke Breast Program will host its first-ever Pink Runway Fashion Show to benefit the Duke...

No One Should Battle Cancer Alone, Community Helps

Diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer and admitted to a local hospital, Laura Gould-White, 48, a wife and mother of three, found herself besieged by bill collectors even as she was fighting for her life. “As a stay-at-home mom it’s been my responsibility to handle the finances,” she said, tears...

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;...

Get In The Game. Know Your Scores.

Get in the game — know your scores. Duke Cancer Institute's Office of Health Equity (OHE) and its partner Lincoln Community Health Center will offer FREE prostate cancer screenings on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9. Men between the ages of 45 and 75, who have never been diagnosed with...

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,...

Tim McGraw Sends Video Message To Cancer Patient

Kathy Wolf was hospitalized at Duke in late June due to a complication from end-stage ovarian cancer. The Youngsville resident kept asking whether she’d be able to leave the hospital in time to go see one of her favorite singers, country music star Tim McGraw, at his concert in Raleigh on Friday,...

Hundreds Attend Supportive Care & Survivorship Days

Hundreds of patients, caregivers, survivors and loved ones attended Duke Cancer Institute’s annual Supportive Care and Survivorship Day held in two locations on two different days — at Duke Raleigh Cancer Center on June 5 and at Duke Cancer Center in Durham on June 6. More than 300 total visitors (...

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