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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.

'Angels Among Us' Funds Research, Celebrates Hope

Every spring, come rain or come shine, patients, survivors, caregivers, loved ones, and Duke faculty and staff gather at the Angels Among Us 5K and Walk of Hope to celebrate hope and raise funds to fight brain cancer. In its 25-year history, the event has raised nearly $25 million for the cause...

Hanks Receives ASCI Young Physician-Scientist Award

Duke Cancer Institute medical oncologist Brent Hanks, MD, PhD , has been recognized with an ASCI 2019 Young Physician-Scientist Award by the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Hanks is one of 35 “outstanding physician-scientists” being recognized by ASCI nationally and one of two at Duke...

Strike Out Sarcoma, Starting With Dinner At Panera (3.26.19)

The Duke Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Program has thrown out the first pitch in their 10th Annual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K & Family Fun Walk fundraising efforts with a dinner benefit at Panera Bread, to be held on Tuesday, March 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 3603 Witherspoon Blvd., in Durham,...

C3O Drills Down On The Canine-To-Human Biomedical Pipeline

While there have been many successes with newer chemotherapies, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies, many cancer types in the human population don’t respond well to therapy. Of those disease types that do, the short-term and long-term toxicities to the body can be quite significant. There’s a...

Antonia Appointed Director Of DCI Center For Cancer Immunotherapy

Scott Antonia, MD, PhD, who joined Duke on Monday, Feb. 25, has been appointed director of the newly formed DCI Center for Cancer Immunotherapy, a DCI Strategic Plan priority that aims to enhance the institute’s ability to develop and test novel immunotherapeutic approaches. In addition to his...

Book Your Facebook Live Panel Discussion Now

Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Communications is now hosting Facebook live panel discussions on a monthly basis. These discussions, known as #LunchAndLearn, a Recipe for Knowledge, usually take place at the Duke Cancer Center Patient Resource Room at noon on weekdays. Broadcasts are 15 minutes...

Diversity Training Pilot For Research Teams Launched

Low participation in cancer research and clinical trials is an ongoing national problem that contributes to cancer health disparities. Nationally, only about two to five percent of minorities participate in clinical trials. One primary reason most patients don’t participate in clinical trials,...

Miltier Named AD For Breast And GYN Oncology

Tonya Miltier, MBA, formerly performance services team lead, Duke Health, has been named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Breast and GYN disease groups. “We are delighted Tonya has accepted the role of administrative director for our women’s cancers,” said Laura Sample, MHA,...

February Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Jay Baker, MD; Yousuf Zafar, MD; Cristina Gasparetto, MD; Betty Tong, MD; and many more.

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...

DCI Virologist Pursues EBV Pathways To Cancer

Cancer Institute virologist Micah A. Luftig, PhD, was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was recognized for his contributions to biological science in the field of viral oncology at the AAAS meeting on February 16.

Poillucci Named To TBJ List Of Top 20 Health Care Heroes

Victoria M. Poillucci, MSN, Med, ACNP-BC, APP team lead for Wake County oncology, has been named a 2019 Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) Health Care Hero. “Working with cancer patients is a privilege that I am proud of every day,” shared Poillucci, who is also the recipient of a 2018 Duke Friends of...

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