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.

February 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 Michael B. Kastan, MD, Phd; Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD; Paul modrich, PhD; and many more.

Vice President Biden Visits Duke As Part Of "Moonshot" Initiative

Invoking the aspirational spirit that put U.S. astronauts on the moon, Vice President Joe Biden visited Duke Health today as part of the national “moonshot” initiative he is leading to advance cancer research.

Patient, Doctor Duo Ready To CRUSH Cancer

Erin Wood, an IT analyst for Duke, was diagnosed nine years ago with stage 4 colon cancer. She was just 42 years old. Despite lifesaving treatment, Wood’s cancer has returned twice. Buoyant and resilient, Wood refuses to let cancer get the best of her. She does her part to support research by...

Study Aims to Resolve How To Manage Pre-Cancers of the Breast

The first large U.S. study aimed at resolving an ongoing debate about the best way to treat an early sign of breast cancer will launch later this year under the direction of a Duke Cancer Institute investigator. The study, entitled COMET (Comparison of Operative to Medical Endocrine Therapy) for...

Local Teens To Host Charity Polo Match

Teens For The Cure is partnering with Triangle Area Polo to host Teens For The Cure Charity Polo Match on Sunday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Governor James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. General admission (bleacher seating) is $15 per person or $10 per person when purchased in groups of...

Spector Joins Global Lyme Alliance Scientific Advisory Board

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the nation’s leading nonprofit funder of Lyme and tick-borne disease research and education, recently announced the appointment of Neil L. Spector, MD, to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). One of the nation’s top oncologists, Spector is associate professor of Medicine...

Duke Eye Center To Host Lookin' For a Cure 5K

Duke Eye Center will host its first-ever Lookin' For A Cure Ocular Melanoma 5K and Fun Walk on Saturday, March 26, at Duke University. The event will feature speakers, food trucks and vendors. Participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds. Proceeds benefit ocular melanoma research at...

January 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 Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA; Christopher Mantyh, MD, FACS; Anne Beaven, MD; Kimberly Blackwell, MD; and more.

Drug Shows Promise for Controlling Cancer Virus

When the cancer-causing Epstein-Barr virus moves into a B-cell of the human immune system, it tricks the cell into rapidly making more copies of itself, each of which will carry the virus. To satisfy a sudden increase in demand for more building parts, rapidly dividing host cells will chew up their...

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...