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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.

Blobetrotters Shooting To Score A Cure

Medical oncologist Gerard Blobe, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the fight against neuroblastoma. He has teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand to establish a fundraising team, the Blobetrotters . “We believe we have made great strides in providing potential new therapies for a childhood disease called...

Shared Resources: Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field in which scientists develop methods and software tools for storing, retrieving, organizing and analyzing biological data. Informatics integrates computer science, statistics, mathematics and engineering to study and process biological data. The Duke...

DCI Woman Steps It Up In Memory Of Her Aunt

After losing her beloved aunt in 2009 to breast cancer, Kim Malugen pledged to continue her aunt’s fight by raising both awareness and funds in the battle for a cure. Malugen, 47, joined Duke in Breast Oncology in 2008, a year after her aunt, Sherry Nance Como, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast...

DCI Transforms Future With Launch Of New Triage Call Service

As part of an ongoing health system-wide initiative to pursue care delivery innovations, advancements in quality and safety and operational efficiencies, in August the Duke Cancer Institute led the way by launching a new telephone triage service at the cancer center. The service, a response to...

Duke Investigator To Guest On ABC Affiliate

A recent study published in the journal Science reveals that a byproduct of cholesterol behaves similar to the hormone estrogen, stimulating the growth and spread of most common types of breast cancers. “Obesity is a well-established risk factor for most cancers,” said Donald McDonnell, Ph.D.,...

Kamal Receives 2014 Sojourns Award

The Duke Cancer Center palliative care team. Pictured from left to right: Arif Kamal, M.D., director of quality outcomes with the Duke Cancer Institute; Mark Waters, M.P.H., A.N.P.-B.C., A.C.H.P.N., Center for Palliative Care; and R. Morgan Bain, M.D., medical director for Duke Outpatient...

Jersey Woman Spins Flare For After Cancer Care

Rebecca Wilson, 36, left Canada 11 years ago to work in the U.S., eventually signing on with Wake Med as an ICU nurse. A few years after arriving, Wilson married. She and her husband settled in Garner, North Carolina, and it wasn’t long before she became a mother to a son, and then a daughter. Just...

Eat Mor Chikin'

Congratulations to Kristina Shuford, Clinical Pharmacist, and Cassandra Mendez, Clinical Services Nurse III, who both won the August DCI eNews contest inviting the DCI audience to chime in and share their favorite things about summer. Shuford and Mendez each won a $10 gift certificate to the Duke...

Duke Cancer Wins 2014 Innovator Award

The Association of Community Cancer Centers named a palliative care initiative led by the Duke Cancer Institute’s Cancer Network among this year’s recipients of its 2014 Innovator Award. The association cited the Carolinas Palliative Care Database Consortium, a partnership between the Duke Cancer...

Commitment To Care For Our Patients, Their Loved Ones

Unless you go through the process firsthand as a patient or family member, it’s difficult to fully comprehend all the emotions and stress involved with a cancer diagnosis. Newly diagnosed cancer patients are often in the midst of one of the scariest, more vulnerable, and anxiety filled times of...

DCI Tests "Now"-Centered Approach to Quitting Tobacco

James M. Davis, M.D., medical director of Duke’s Center for Smoking Cessation, had his first lesson on the addictive powers of tobacco 30 years ago. Growing up in the mountains outside of Asheville, Davis and his brother were one of many local children who helped to weed, hang and dry the tobacco...

Team-Up, And You Could WIN An iPad Mini

Join our team and you just might win an Apple iPad Mini from Best Buy. The Duke Cancer Institute has teamed up this year to serve as local presenting sponsor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a 3.1-mile walk to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at North Hills Mall, in Raleigh. Team DCI, led by team...

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