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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.

Caring House To Host 25th Annual Gala

For more than 25 years Caring House has provided a home away from home for cancer patients treated at Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). Caring House features 18 beautiful rooms, a great room, library, laundry room, gym and a fully equipped community kitchen. Guests enjoy a supportive community setting...

Mutation Could Be Vulnerable to Drugs

Breast cancer cells that carry a certain gene mutation can be induced to die using a combination of an existing targeted therapy along with an investigational molecule tested by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. When used together in preclinical experiments, the drugs shut down two of the key...

Researchers Make Cervical Cancer Screening Accessible

In September, Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) researchers presented their cervical cancer research to the Minister of Health in Peru. Pictured here are (from left) Dr. Gino Venegas (La Liga Contra el Cancer), Dr. Patricia Garcia (Minister of Health), Dr. Maribel Almonte (International Agency...

Trial Launches for Veterans with Liver Cancer

Primary liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is the world’s third most common cause of cancer death. In the United States, the incidence of HCC is increasing. While surgery is the optimal treatment, less than a third of HCC patients are medically fit for surgery or liver...

December 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 Henry Friedman, MD; Michael Morse, MD, David Rizzieri, MD; and many more.

Oeffinger Appointed

Kevin Charles Oeffinger, MD, has been named director of the Duke Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship Center at Duke Cancer Institute. He has also been charged with establishing the Duke Center for Onco-Primary Care, an innovative program within the Duke Cancer Institute, in partnership with the...

Breast Cancer Cells Starve for Cystine

Cancer rewires the metabolism of tumor cells, converting them into lean, mean, replicating machines. But like Olympic athletes who rely on special diets to perform, tumor cells’ amped-up metabolism can also make them dependent on specific nutrients for survival. For years, scientists have been...

Superstars Announced

Duke Cancer Institute held its Sixth Annual Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Hosted by DCI executive director Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, the event, which celebrates the previous year’s milestones, recognized achievements and exceptional service in the form of Superstar Awards,...

Wilkins Now HC Administrator

Jennifer Wilkins, RN, has been named health center administrator for Duke Cancer Center North Durham. A native of Henderson, North Carolina, Wilkins has more than 17 years of experience in healthcare, including nine years in oncology nursing and management. She completed her Bachelor of Science...

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