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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.

BCAN To Step Out In Fight Against Bladder Cancer

There are more than 75,000 new cases of bladder cancer in the U.S. each year. More than 15,000 Americans will die this year as a result of bladder cancer. According to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) even though bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer, there have been...

New Chancellor Takes The Reins

An internationally renowned clinical investigator, health-policy scholar and former executive at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLAA), A. Eugene Washington, MD, has assumed his new role as Duke University chancellor for health affairs and the president and chief executive officer of...

Brain Cancer Survivor Runs With Angels

Marathon runner and brain cancer survivor Tom O’Donnell presents a check to Ellen Stainback, director of External Relations at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. O’Donnell, who was diagnosed with a grad 2 oligoden-droglioma in 2009, recently participated in the 2015 Tobacco Road...

Brain Tumor Center Featured On '60 Minutes'

The CBS News program 60 Minutes follows brain cancer patients in a Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center clinical trial of a therapy that uses a re-engineered polio virus to kill cancer cells. Anchor Scott Pelley reports on the promising experimental treatment which aired on Sunday, March 29...

Youngster Raises More Than $1,000

Eight-year-old Declan heads up Dashing for David , a fundraising team he put together in honor of his dad who battles leukemia. To date the team has raised $3,012, with Declan raising $1,377 on his own. Dashing for David won the prize for the 2015 top fundraising team. Declan is active at the Duke...

Kamal Receives 2015 AAHPM’s Inspirational Leaders Award

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has named Arif Kamal, MD, a 2015 Inspirational Leader In Hospice and Palliative Medicine. “Through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care, LeBlanc and others are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families...

Schneider Elected ONS President

Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor, Duke University School of Nursing, was recently elected as the presidentof the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) by the ONS board of directors. Schneider received her Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1981 from the University of Akron...

Becher Named To Receive 2015 Young Physician-Scientist Award

The American Society For Clinical Investigation (ASCI) has named Oren J. Becher , MD, to receive the 2015 Young Physician-Scientist Award. Initiated in 2013, the award recognizes young physician-scientists who at the time of their nomination are supported by any NIH K award or equivalent, are early...

Annual St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving Raises $26,000

The 2015 St. Baldrick’s Foundation annual head-shaving benefit was hosted on Friday, March 20, at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. The event, which was organized by Jessica Heath, MD, and Waitman Aumann, MD, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Duke Children’s Hospital, attracted...

March 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 Kastan, MD, PhD; Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD; Matthias Gromeier, MD; and many more.

Duke Wrestling Team Ditching Mat To Spring For Support

The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program is ready to Spring For Support with their annual 5K run and walk. Recently, the Duke Wrestling team, coached by Glen Lanham, produced a video demonstrating their enthusiastic participation and support. "Both my parents and mother in law passed away from...

Erin Wood Featured On ABC Affiliate

The Triangle's ABC affiliate aired a story March 12 featuring Ivy Altomare, MD, and DCI IT analyst Erin Wood. Wood was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2006. Learn more about her courageous battle and her valiant efforts to raise awareness and support research by going to WTVD ABC 11...

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