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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.

Greater Exposure To Flame Retardants May Be Associated With Thyroid Cancer

Higher exposure to chemicals used to reduce the flammability of furniture, carpets, electronics and other household items appears to be associated with papillary thyroid cancer, according to study conducted by the Duke Cancer Institute and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University...

Women's Cancer Care Hosting Benefit Garage Sale

Team Duke Women's Cancer Care Raleigh "Rack Pack," led by medical oncologist Michael Spiritos, MD, is raising funds to support the 2017 Komen Race For The Cure. The team, which to date has raised more than $800, will host a Rack Pack Garage Sale on Saturday, April 22. Team Rack Pack invites Duke...

DCI, BTC Launch Newly Designed Websites

There are numerous reasons for having a web presence, but many would argue visibility and credibility rank at the top of the list. Nowadays the Internet is the primary go-to for information of all kinds — including information on science and medicine. In an effort to stay in front of its multiple...

Study Shows How BPA May Affect Inflammatory Breast Cancer

The chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, appears to aid the survival of inflammatory breast cancer cells, revealing a potential mechanism for how the disease grows, according to a study led by researchers in the Department of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Cancer Institute ...

CRUSH Raises Record $100,000

The 2017 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk , held March 25 in Downtown Durham, attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised a record $102,273 and counting — breaking last year’s record of around $70,000. Organized annually by the Duke Cancer Institute Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal...

Genetic Study Identifies 12 New Variants For Ovarian Cancer

A genetic examination of the DNA of almost 100,00 people, including 17,000 patients with the most common type of ovarian cancer, has identified 12 new genetic variants that increase risk of developing the disease and confirmed the association of 18 of the previously published variants. Published...

New Comprehensive Guide on Thyroid Nodules and Cancer

DCI surgeons Sanziana Roman, MD, and Julie Ann Sosa, MD, together with Carmen Solórzano, MD (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), have produced a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid nodules and cancer. The guide, titled "Management of Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer,"...

Slusser Appointed AVP/Chief Nurse

Kim M. Slusser, MSN, BSN, has been appointed assistant vice president, DUHS/Chief Oncology Nursing Services for Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Health System. In her new role, Slusser is responsible for leading Nursing, Quality, Safety & Outcomes and Care Redesign, within the oncology...

Reducing Radiation May Cut Breast Cancer Treatment Costs

More than half of older women with early stage breast cancer received more radiation therapy than what might be medically necessary, adding additional treatment and health care costs, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. The researchers found that the annual estimated cost...

Brain Tumor Survivor Moms Are Angels Among Us

Behind every team photo and supportive hug at the annual Angels Among Us 5K and family fun run are stories of personal struggle and hope, love and new friendship. New teams form. Old ones dissolve. And some, persistent and resolute, stay in it for the long-haul. For a third year, two women, both of...

Duke Campus Club Wants You!

Duke Campus Club, an organization connecting Duke-affiliated women, is offering a number of activities this spring. The club's Annual Trip will take place in Winston Salem on Wednesday, April 5. Participants will spend a full day exploring interesting sights in this charming city with German roots...

Kastan, Modrich Elected Fellows Of AACR Academy Class Of 2017

Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director, Duke Cancer Institute, and Paul Modrich, PhD, recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, have been elected as Fellows of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Academy Class of 2017. The AACR Academy serves to recognize and honor...

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