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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.

March Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Steven Patierno, PhD; Charles Gersbach, PhD; E. Shelley Hwang, MD; Donald McDonnell, MD; and many more.

André To Retire After More Than 20 Years Of Service

Duke Cancer Institute congratulates Alison André on her retirement from the Duke University Health System. Alison André first came to Raleigh Community (now Duke Raleigh) Hospital in 1991 as a weekend physical therapist during graduate school before joining the team full time as the director of...

Be The Match

You're invited to Be The Match on Friday, March 17, at 8 a.m. at Duke Hospital Medical Library on the 8th floor of Duke North in Durham, North Carolina. This is your opportunity to be involved — to transplant hope. On Feb. 14, David Zaas, MD, president, Duke Raleigh Hospital, was diagnosed with...

Duke Researchers Reveal Genetic Causes of Rare, But Lethal HSTL

Led by a team from Duke, an international group of 56 researchers has found new mutations identifying potential treatments and new hope for patients with hepatosplenic T cell lymphoma (HSTL or HSCTL) — one of the deadliest cancers known. Through whole exome sequencing of 68 human tissue samples...

Goins Competes For Woman Of The Year

Jennifer Goins, a program coordinator for Duke Department of Immunology, has been nominated to compete in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2017 Woman of the Year campaign. Goins hopes to help bring leukemia, a disease to which she lost her two-year-old nephew, to its proper end. “It is a...

Thomas LeBlanc Appointed AAHPM Fellow

Thomas LeBlanc , MD, MA, MHS, was recently appointed a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). LeBlanc, a cell therapy and hematologic malignancies specialist as well as a medical oncologist and palliative medicine specialist, was also recognized by AAHPM in 2015...

Miller Named Administrative Director

Nolan Miller , MHA, was recently named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Thoracic, Endocrine Neoplasia, and Head & Neck programs. In his new role, Miller will provide overall administrative leadership for the programs. This will include program development, space and...

Breast Wellness Sessions

The Breast Risk Assessment Clinic team and DCI invite patients to monthly breast wellness sessions through March at the Duke Cancer Center.

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...

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