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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.

Join Duke Campus Club For Duke Women's LAX Game (5.5.19)

Join Duke Campus Club on Sunday, May 5, for an action-packed women’s lacrosse game. Cheer on the Duke team from the comfort of the hospitality suite at Koskinen Stadium’s Kennedy Tower (106 Whitford Drive, Durham). Duke, currently ranked 13th in the country, will celebrate Senior Day as it takes on...

Taking Steps To Get A Better Look

Having just sent a surgical specimen to pathology, gynecologic cancer surgeon Andrew Berchuck, MD, pauses to call pathologist Shannon McCall, MD, to get her assessment before proceeding further. As she goes into detail about the frozen section projected on her screen, he interrupts, “I’ll be right...

Pink Ink Tattoo Lady Revs Up To Ride In 2019 Komen Race

Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tara Dunsmore Williamson, 46, dedicated her most of her adult life to a career as a nurse. However, in 2012 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Williamson traded a nurse’s IV needle for a needle of another kind—a tattoo needle. “After a lumpectomy followed...

HackBio Brings Together High-Schoolers And Duke Scientists

On March 19 and 20, members of Duke Cancer Institute and The Nicholas School for the Environment held their first-ever HackBio event; a two-day program to engage high school students in experiential learning and broaden their exposure to STEM careers. Twenty-four students from the City of Medicine...

Patient Going Strong Seven Years Past Brain Metastasis Diagnosis

William Blake, 65, worked for the State of West Virginia for about 35 years in the toll division before taking early retirement in 2007 when he got sick with follicular lymphoma. He was treated at Charleston Area Medical Center (WV) and survived that cancer. But when Blake was diagnosed four years...

Docs To Make A SplAsh For Prostate And Urologic Cancer Research

Duke oncologists agree that if people think they can hit the bullseye, there’s no denying it—they’re all wet—and there’s nothing wrong with that. Ready for a good soaking, oncologists from the DCI Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers have signed on to take a chilly plunge to ensure breakthrough...

A Meeting Of Nobel Minds 

Thomas R. Cech, PhD, director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, delivered the Paul L. Modrich, PhD, Distinguished Lecture today at the Bryan Research Building to a packed auditorium of faculty and staff. The topic: “Shedding Some light on the Dark Matter of the...

Zaas Named Triangle Student Of The Year

When Jake Zaas, 15, learned he was a bone marrow match for his dad, David Zaas , MD, president of Duke Raleigh Hospital, there was no hesitation. David was battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the bone marrow and blood caused by a rare genetic mutation. In early 2017, Jake donated to...

Cancer Centers Invited To Participate In Hill Day (4.30.19)

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) and American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual Hill Day will take place in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 30. Participation in Hill Day is critical to sharing that stable, predictable funds are needed to advance cancer research and...

NCCU & Duke Students Learn Mentor-Mentee Communication Skills

On Wednesday, February 27, a cohort of six graduate students from Duke and six from North Carolina Central University plus one postdoctoral fellow from each school — gathered for a mentor-mentee communications workshop — the third in a series of trainings designed to engage underrepresented...

Genomic Testing Associated with Significantly Lower Health Care Costs in High-Risk Breast Cancer Patients

New research from Duke University, published in the March 2019 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network , provides evidence that genomic recurrence score (RS) testing using the 21-gene assay is associated with decreased cancer care costs in real-world practice among...

Famiglietti Appointed DCI Chief Administrator

Robin Famiglietti, PhD, MBA, FACHE, has been appointed chief administrator of Duke Cancer Institute and associate vice president of Oncology Services for Duke University Health System (DUHS). "We are excited to have Dr. Famiglietti join the DCI leadership team. She brings significant experience,...

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