DCI Blog


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.

Duke Campus Club Wants YOU!

Duke Campus Club will host a Happy Hour event for new and prospective members on Monday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Parizade. All women affiliated with Duke are invited to attend. "Duke Campus Club is a flexible way to boost your options for fun and make friendships," said Marie Abbruzzese,...

Duke Medicine Transitions To Duke Health

As of Thursday, Jan. 14, Duke Medicine began a transition to a new name: Duke Health. As with Duke Medicine, Duke Health is not a legal entity but will serve as an overarching brand name that conceptually refers to all assets and entities within the Duke University Health System, the Duke...

For Your Patients: Art Therapy

While there seems to be a medical test for all that ails, emotional pain or elements of fear can’t be spotted by ultrasound or x-ray. Emotions are difficult to measure and equally difficult, sometimes, to verbalize. With that in mind, the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program is now offering art...

Injectable Agent Illuminates Cancer During Surgery

Doctors at Duke Medicine have tested a new injectable agent that causes cancer cells in a tumor to fluoresce, potentially increasing a surgeon’s ability to locate and remove all of a cancerous tumor on the first attempt. The imaging technology was developed through collaboration with scientists at...

Local 5K To Deliver CRUSHing Blow

The Duke Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal Cancer Program is ready to deliver another CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer. Having raised a record $54,000 last year, the 2016 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk expects to raise at least $60,000 for colorectal cancer research.

Duke HMCT Division Team Raises $6,000

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted its annual Light The Night in Durham on Saturday, Oct. 24. Led by co-captains Arati Rao, MD, and Melanie Wright, Duke HMCT Division Team raised more than $6,000 to support the society and its quest to fund blood cancer research.

Getting On Track Toward Lasting Weight Loss

Most Americans know excess weight is a risk factor for developing serious medical conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease and stroke. Those extra pounds can also affect self-esteem, limit fun-filled activities and reduce overall quality of...

December Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists and researchers whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Henry Friedman, MD; Beth Perry, RN; Paul Modrich, PhD; John Sampson, MD, PhD; and many more.

You're Invited To Run With Angels

In its 22-year history, Angels Among Us, a 5K and family fun run, has raised more than $18 million to support the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. Last year Angels Among Us raised $2 million, surpassing its $1.9 million goal. The 23rd Annual Angels Among Us is expected to surpass yet...

Medical Oncologist To Visit Prostate Cancer Support Group

William “Bill” Berry, MD, a medical oncologist at Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, will be available to meet with patients and answer questions at the next Prostate Cancer Support Group on Monday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Berry has specialized in treating prostate cancer for more than 35 years. He is...

New Year’s Resolution Made Easy

Each year at the stroke of midnight Americans ring in the New Year with thoughtful resolutions intended to improve overall health and wellbeing. Recent studies now suggest exercise is both safe and beneficial for cancer patients. Researchers say exercise seems to help temper the effects of...

Ellis Promoted To Administrative Manager

Miriam H. Ellis, formerly financial analyst for Radiation Oncology, has been promoted to administrative manager for Radiation Oncology. Ellis, who has been affiliated with Duke for more than 20 years, received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from East Carolina University...