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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.

DCI Members Named To NAM

Duke Cancer Institute members Donald P. McDonnell, PhD, and Allan Douglas Kirk, MD, PhD, are among the three Duke faculty members recently named to the National Academy of Medicine, an independent advisory organization made up of leading professionals in health, medicine and the natural, social,...

Cancer Survivor Steps Out In Fight Against Blood Cancers

After graduating in May 2012 from North Carolina’s High Point University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, Sasha Zabavin moved to New York City for a promising internship with a large retail company. Six months later, on the Friday before Christmas, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin...

DCI Welcomes New Assistant VP, Community Oncology, DUHS

Effective Oct. 3, David Nalepinski assumed the role of assistant vice president of Community Oncology, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Health System (DUHS). “Cancer is a complex and progressive disease, often requiring resources from many parts of our healthcare system,” said Nalepinski. “...

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor Making Strides

Bonita Holliday-Guy was just kicking back watching TV one hot August night three years ago when she felt a small lump high up on her breast. She promptly had it checked out by her primary care physician who suspected a cyst and referred her for an ultrasound. A radiologist at Duke Raleigh Hospital...

October 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. The list includes Shelley Hwang, MD; Daniel Nickels, RN; Matthew Boyer, MD, PhD; H. Kim Lyerly, MD; and many more.

Mobile Financial Assistance Tool in Development

Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, and healthcare technology company Vivor are the recent recipients of a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute six-month grant of $224,997, which will fund initial development of a novel technology-based method designed to reduce cancer patients’ financial...

Duke Campus Club Wants You!

Duke Campus Club is a vibrant, inclusive and active organization connecting Duke-affiliated women who are employees, spouses of employees, alumnae, OLLI participants, Duke volunteers, and family members. High-profile speakers, behind-the-scenes tours, excursions, and an annual trip are on the event...

Nationwide Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Shows Promise

When IBM IT architect Laura Elzie, 60, was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago by her long-time primary care physician she was momentarily stunned when she heard, “Some of us never know how we are going to leave this world, but at least you know.” For months she’d been told her pain...

Poliovirus Trial for Pediatric Brain Tumors Funded

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Matthias Gromeier, MD; Eric Thompson, MD; and Darell Bigner, MD, PhD; received a check for $208,408 from The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (The B+ Foundation) and Solving Kids’ Cancer (SKC) in honor of Steph Bader, a 13-year-old-girl who passed away from glioblastoma. The...

On-Site Hospice Coordinator Hired

Duke Homecare and Hospice now has a clinical care coordinator, focused primarily on hospice services, assigned full-time to the Duke Cancer Center. This past July, long-time nurse and nurse manager Cecilia Thornton Wood, RN, BSN, MA, transitioned from assistant director for home health at Duke...

Blood Biomarkers ID'd in Drug-Resistant Cancer Tumor Cells

While searching for a non-invasive way to detect prostate cancer cells circulating in blood, Duke Cancer Institute researchers have identified some blood markers associated with tumor resistance to two common hormone therapies. In a study published online this month in the journal Clinical Cancer...

myRESEARCHhome Offers Personalized Dashboards

myRESEARCHhome, a new web-based portal targeted at Duke researchers that puts relevant applications, resources, and information specific to researchers and their projects at their fingertips, launched late last month and continues to add useful features. Developed by Duke School of Medicine and...

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