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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.

August Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Danielle Brander, MD; Paul Mosca, MD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Amy Abernethy, MD; and many more.

Duke Team Finds Missing Immune Cells That Could Fight Lethal Brain Tumors

Glioblastoma brain tumors can have an unusual effect on the body’s immune system, often causing a dramatic drop in the number of circulating T-cells that help drive the body’s defenses. Where the T-cells go has been unclear, even as immunotherapies are increasingly employed to stimulate the body’s...

Senter Named Administrative Director for Genitourinary Oncology Program

Brian Senter, MBA, was recently named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Program. In his new role, Senter will provide overall administrative leadership for the program as well as provide financial and analytical support for all of the DCI programs. “We...

NCCN Publishes First-Ever U.S. Guidelines for Rare Cancers Associated with Pregnancy 

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® ( NCCN ®) has released new treatment guidelines for a group of rare cancers that impact women during pregnancy. Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN), also known as gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), can occur when tumors develop in the cells...

No One Should Battle Cancer Alone, Community Helps

Diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer and admitted to a local hospital, Laura Gould-White, 48, a wife and mother of three, found herself besieged by bill collectors even as she was fighting for her life. “As a stay-at-home mom it’s been my responsibility to handle the finances,” she said, tears...

DCI Nurse Is Bright Spot For Patients

What does it take to be a great oncology nurse? Joey Misuraca, RN, the nurse manager on the 9100 unit of Duke University Hospital, where seriously ill blood cancer patients are treated, is clear. “What I’m looking for as I hire these new nurses is someone who’s coming out enthusiastic to learn;...

Get In The Game. Know Your Scores.

Get in the game — know your scores. Duke Cancer Institute's Office of Health Equity (OHE) and its partner Lincoln Community Health Center will offer FREE prostate cancer screenings on Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9. Men between the ages of 45 and 75, who have never been diagnosed with...

Norboge Named Director, Oncology Clinical and Research IT

Emily Norboge, MPA, was recently named director for Oncology Clinical and Research Information Technology (IT), a newly created position supporting Duke Cancer Institute Health Information Technology. “Emily will help DCI leverage IT resources across Duke Health to help DCI achieve its strategic...

Duke Cancer Institute Ready To Light The Night

For a second year, hematologic oncologist Danielle Brander, MD, will lead the way for Team Duke Cancer Center Durham at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night walk. Duke Raleigh Hospital president David Zaas, MD, MBA, and his wife Aimee Zaas, MD, will, also for a second year,...

Researchers Solve Mystery Of How ALL Enters the Central Nervous System

A deadly feature of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is its invasion of the central nervous system. ALL in the central nervous system is very difficult to treat, because most drugs are blocked from the organ system due to a "blood-brain barrier" designed to protect the brain. How cancer cells...

Duke Surgeon Champions Equity In Breast Cancer Support And Care 

On an icy day in January a diverse group of female veterans – eight in all – braved the elements to attend the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) for the hospital’s first-ever Breast Cancer Support Group gathering. Duke breast surgical oncologist Oluwadamilola “Lola” Fayanju, MD, MA,...

What's Best For Breasts?

What's Best For Breasts?, A conversation with Duke Clinicians , will be held at the Trent Semans Center Grand Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The symposium is free to the public and includes interactive information sessions, Q & A panels and drawings for prizes. Lunch is...

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