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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.

Pretty In Pink, Durham Resident To Strut Her Stuff June 13

On her first day of chemo, Sherry Wallace sashayed into Duke Cancer Center dressed to the nines. (photo above) The bold fashion statement was thanks to Wallace’s support team—her sister Nina Jackson; brother-in-law James Jackson; and husband Lenell Wallace — all of whom took a creative approach to...

Duke’s Mo Bros Brace For A Hairy November

Summer may have just started, but Mo Bros everywhere are already thinking about fall. Having raised almost $20,000 for the Movember Foundation and the fight against prostate cancer, the Mo Bros making up Team MoDukes are shaving down and upping the ante in preparation for the this year’s hairy...

DCI Nurse Named To Serve On ACS Research Grant Team

The American Cancer Society recently selected Ellen Parks, RN, OCN, CBCN, to serve as a research stakeholder. As a stakeholder, Parks will be on the Peer Review Committee where she will join scientists, physicians, and cancer experts as they review research grant proposals and help determine those...

Hundreds Visit For Day Of Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvenation

Hundreds of guests turned out for this year’s Spa Day, a day in which Duke Cancer patients are invited to sit back, relax and prepare for the pamper. The annual event, hosted and organized by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP), featured stylists, cosmetologists from Belk, massage...

May 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 Shelley Hwang, MD; Gayathri Devi, PhD, Valarie Worthy, RN; and many more.

DCI Teen Research Intern Scores At Science Competition

Arjun Arora isn’t an average 17-year-old kid. While many of his peers may be engaged in typical extra curricula activity – watching television, texting friends, playing computer games or prepping for prom – Arjun Arora is in the lab – a Duke Cancer Institute research lab. “I initially started at...

Duke Cancer Center To Host 2015 Spa Day In June

In the battle against cancer, it’s critical to make time to rest, restore and rejuvenate – both body and soul. With that in mind, the Duke Cancer Center will host the 8th annual Spa Day, an event organized by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, on Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last year...

Durham Man Invites You To Give 1 For Dad

When Sam Poley’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer he felt helpless. However, not one able to sit on his haunches Poley was compelled to try to do something – anything. After some lengthy conversations with his dad’s doctor, Poley decided to do everything he could to keep science moving...

Dewhirst To Receive Penn Medicine’s John M. Yuhas Award

Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, Gustavo S. Montana Professor of Radiation Oncology, SoM, and vice director for Basic Sciences, DCI, has been named to receive from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania its 2015 John M. Yuhas Award for Excellence in Radiation Oncology. “I am...

Pierce Added To 2015 Duke Stars Line-Up

Each year Duke pays special tribute to faculty and staff celebrating career service milestones. This special fraternity is known as Duke Stars. This year’s inductees include Antoinette “Toni” Pierce, whose dedicated service has spanned more than two decades. “I really like what I do,” said Pierce,...

After Tragic Loss Hickory Man Says Live Or Die, It’s A Win-Win

Brandon Lail, 32, is known for his upbeat approach to life. Nothing much can get him down. However, when cancer took his entire right arm and shoulder, the blow was almost too much to bear. “I’ve always been known for my ability to bounce back from difficulty,” said Lail, who resides in Hickory,...

Kamal, Abernethy Co-Author Cover Story for Oncology Issues

The DCI's Arif Kamal, MD, and Amy Abernethy, MD, are among the authors of the cover story of the May-June issue of Oncology Issues. Their article details the quality data collection tool (QDACT) developed by a team of software developers, informatics specialists, graphic designers, business...

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