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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.

Newly Identified Genetic Markers Classify Previously Undetermined GBM Tumors

Most glioblastoma tumors are marked by one or two broad mutation patterns, but about 20 percent of the lethal brain tumors have biomarkers that cannot be identified. Now scientists at Duke Cancer Institute have identified mutations for the vast majority of the remaining 20 percent of...

Patient’s Advice: Nourish The Soul     

Nadine Tolman takes a sip of water from a plastic cup that her husband, Fay, has just brought her from the refreshment station. “Remember, you need to stay hydrated,” he says softly, laying his hand on her shoulder, “and don’t forget to eat your lunch.” The gentle gesture from her husband disrupts...

Tests Identify When Advanced Prostate Cancer Therapies Would Benefit

Two blood tests can predict which subset of men with advanced prostate cancer will likely not benefit from anti-androgen therapies, providing doctors and patient added clarity on treatment options, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute. The blood tests, dubbed “liquid biopsies”, detect...

LeBlanc And Abernethy Patient-Care Paper Recognized

A journal article by hematologic oncologist, palliative care physician, and associate professor of medicine Thomas LeBlanc, MD , and adjunct professor of medicine Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD , has been recognized as a paper that could " Change the World, One Article At A Time " by Springer Nature...

June 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 Matthias Gromeier, MD; Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, plus ASCO coverage, including Susan Halabi, MD; Daniel George,...

Analysis: Survival Benefit for African-Americans with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Contrary to current perceptions, certain African-American men with advanced prostate cancer have as good a chance of survival as white men and might actually have a small advantage, according to a new analysis of more than 8,000 patients who participated in clinical trials. In a study presented...

Black Patients Show Stronger Response to Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

African-American men with advanced prostate cancer might be more responsive than white men to an anti-androgen drug and steroids, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. While median survival was similar for both black and white participants in the study, the findings...

Caregiver and Widow Finds Counseling Support At Duke

Susan Hand, 73, has had it with hospitals and cancer. Her husband Charlie, 79, battled colon cancer, tonsil cancer and unrelated heart trouble during the last year of life. He passed away suddenly last August. At about the same time Hand’s sister’s brain cancer returned, resulting in several...

Wei Receives $200,000 Grant For Lung Cancer Research

In partnership, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina and The V Foundation for Cancer Research have awarded a $200,000 grant to Qingyi Wei , MD, PhD, Duke Cancer Institute. The grant funds research on disparities among African-Americans, with a focus on lung cancer patients in North Carolina...

Legislation Will Help Kids With Cancer Live Longer, Healthier Lives

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is commending Congress for working in a bipartisan fashion to pass the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access & Research (STAR) Act of 2018. The STAR Act passed in the House of Representatives yesterday after having passed in the...

Float Nurse, Cancer Survivor Says A Change Does Him Good

The winds of change—they do blow. This is especially true for Kyle McMichael, RN, an oncology float nurse who on any given day can find himself at a different clinic, hospital floor or cancer center. “I like change,” said McMichael, 28, a native of Columbus, Ohio. “I enjoy that my day is rarely...

Ophthalmic Oncology Center Expands Multidisciplinary Services

To meet growing demand, Duke University Eye Center now offers a vast, full-service Ophthalmic Oncology Center that provides a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment for tumors in and around the eye. The Duke Ophthalmic Oncology Center provides the latest care and treatment for primary...

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