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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.

FON Announces 2018 Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Since 1998, the DUHS Friends of Nursing (FON) Program has championed the careers and professional development of more than 1,000 Duke University Health System nurses. Each year Friends of Nursing hosts an annual gala in which “extraordinary” nurses from throughout the health system are recognized...

Kendra Scott IBC Fundraiser

Kendra Scott is hosting a "Kendra Gives Back" reception on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its shop at the Streets at Southpoint, located at 8030 Renaissance Parkway, in Durham. The event features sips and sweets. Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to the Duke Consortium for...

Abbruzzese To Be Honored At Caring House Gala

Caring House, a lodging facility for Duke cancer patients receiving outpatient care, will host its annual Benefit Gala at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. This year's gala honors James Abbruzzese, MD, chief of the Division of Medical Oncology and director of...

Florida Golf Tournament Raises $50,000 For Brain Tumor Research

Jacksonville, Florida, resident Oren Margol loved nothing more than getting out with his buddies for a game of golf. In fact, he and his friends eventually formed an informal once-a-year tourney they deemed, in good humor, the “Catholics Versus the Jews.” And although it was admittedly a little lop...

Prepare To Shine, Superstar

For the first time ever, Duke Cancer Institute will present DCI Superstar Awards in person at cancer centers in Durham and Wake County. In the past, the awards have been presented at an annual celebration held at the flagship cancer center in Durham. “To better reach all DCI faculty and staff, this...

Breast Cancer Patients Prefer Knowing Costs Prior to Starting Treatment

patientfinancialtoxicity.jpg Even when they had good health insurance coverage, women with breast cancer reported having financial worries related to their care, and the vast majority said they preferred to know about treatment costs at the time of diagnosis. The findings from a study by Duke...

Cancer Patients Much Less Likely To Die From Opioids Than General Public

A team of Duke Cancer Institute researchers led by radiation oncologist Fumiko Chino, MD, has found that death from opioids in the U.S. are 10 times less likely to occur in cancer patients and survivors versus the general population. These findings, Chino said, should “reinforce current policy that...

Dent Named Associate Director For Clinical Research, Breast Oncology

Medical oncologist Susan F. Dent, MD, FRCPC, was recently named associate director for clinical research for Breast Oncology and co-director of Duke Cardio-Oncology. “We are extremely excited to welcome Susan Dent, a world-class breast cancer researcher and physician, to Duke Cancer Institute and...

Previs Awarded Scholarship for Ovarian Cancer Research

Rebecca Previs, MD , has been selected as a recipient of a 2019 American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF) and GOG Foundation Scholarship Award. The $120,000 scholarship will support her research-training program and project “Immune Modulation of CaMKK2 in the...

When Championing A Cause Size Doesn't Matter

They say it takes no longer than a blink of an eye to “size” up another person. At nearly four-feet, five-inches tall, Barbara Flink, 63, has endured her share of snap judgements. However, it doesn’t take long to discover that what Flink may lack in stature she makes up tenfold in personality and...

A Call To Service For Clinician Turned Cancer Patient

Just after the New Year in 2017 Duke Cancer Institute physician assistant Scott Balderson, PA, was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church — a milestone in a long spiritual journey that's mission, he said, paired perfectly with his 20 years of clinical service to lung cancer patients. “Deacons...

Pretty In Pink To Host Pink Pumps And Bow Ties

The Pretty in Pink Foundation will host its annual gala, Pink Pumps and Bow Ties, on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. Founded in 2006 by beast surgeon Lisa Tolnitch, MD, Duke Women's Cancer Care Raleigh, the event benefits vital programs and services offered by the Pretty...

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