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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.

Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Turned ABMT Nurse Awarded

At their annual meeting last month, the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) presented the “Blood Marrow & Transplant Clinical Trials Network Coordinator of the Year Award" to Matt Williamson, BSN, RN, a clinical research nurse coordinator for Duke Medical Center’s...

New Tools In The Battle Against Bile Duct Cancer

Often by the time bile duct cancer is diagnosed, it’s already metastasized. Highly aggressive, bile duct cancer usually comes with limited treatment options and a poor prognosis. Because it’s a relatively rare cancer — only about 8,000 cases are diagnosed each year — additional therapies have not...

Enlisting A Dog In The Fight Against Cancer

For years, dogs have sniffed-out land mines, rescued earthquake victims, and guided the blind. Today our BFFs are teaming up with us to confront a shared formidable foe — cancer. America’s 83 million pet dogs share our environment, have similar genomes and develop spontaneous tumors much like we do...

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

Lung Cancer Initiative To Host Evening of Hope Gala

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina will host its 10th Annual Evening of Hope Gala at the North Ridge Country Club , in Raleigh, on Saturday, April 1. The event includes dinner and a live auction. More than 219,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. It is the leading cause...

March Ushers In $5 Discount For Duke Faculty & Staff

During the month of March organizers are offering a $5 discount to Duke faculty and staff registering for the 24th Annual Angels Among Us. The annual run takes place Saturday, April 29, at Duke University. The certified 5K begins at 8 a.m. Survivor recognition takes place at 10:30 a.m. and the 3K...

A Better Way to Measure the Stiffness of Cancer Cells

Laser technique developed by Adam Wax peers through individual cells to gauge stiffness with unprecedented speed Biomedical engineers at Duke University have discovered a way to detect signs of cancer on a cell-by-cell basis using two lasers and a camera. Several medical devices currently in use...

Duke Cardio-Oncology Publications

Cardio-oncology is the evolving discipline focused on the intersection of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. Cardiovascular diseases increase the risk of complications of cancer treatment, and cancer treatment itself can cause cardiovascular diseases. On average, 20 percent of patients...

Neuro-Onc Faculty Spotlight: Dina Randazzo, DO

Dina Randazzo, DO, was 13 when she was told that her father had less than three months to live. This event inspired her to become a neuro-oncologist, both to help people with brain tumors and to provide compassion and honesty to patients and their loved ones. In this interview, Randazzo talks to us...

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