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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.

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...

DCI 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...

November 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 Nelson Jen An Chao, MD, MBA, Krista Rowe-Nichols RN, MSN; Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD; and many more.

Innovative Research the Focus of DCI Scientific Retreat

Duke Cancer Institute hosted the Fourth Annual DCI Scientific Retreat on Friday, Oct. 28, at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District in Durham. The event featured the second-annual *O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, which was presented by Levi A. Garraway, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and...

Screening Saves Biker from Dead End

Ronald Knowles, 68, remembers the day a new patient appointment with Duke Primary Care physician assistant Leanne Owens changed his life. Owens was going over his history, including his COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and asked him if he smoked and how much. He said he guessed two-to-...

Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh Awarded

Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh has received the inaugural “Team of the Year” award from Press Ganey for exceptional teamwork in transforming an outdated facility into a comprehensive clinic that provides a full spectrum of women’s cancer services. “The award justifiably honors an outstanding team...

Ten DCI Faculty Named Duke Health Scholars and Fellows

Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, announced to staff on Wednesday that 38 School of Medicine faculty members have been named Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows. Ten of the named Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows are affiliated with Duke...

Age Should Not Drive Thyroid Cancer Staging

A study from the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) finds a lack of statistical evidence to support the current practice of treating thyroid cancer patients under age 45 differently from those 45 and older. The study, published Oct. 31 by the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that in nearly 32,000 cases...

DCI Teams Raise Thousands for Breast and Blood Cancers

For a third year DCI teamed up with the American Cancer Society to serve as local presenting sponsor at the charity’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk held in Raleigh on Oct. 15. In its 10th year, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month-event attracted more than 1700 participants and to date has...

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