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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.

Home For Christmas

There was a chill in the late November air, but only warmth in Ashley Reaves Linden’s room in the cancer ward on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when Joe Newberry, one of Ashley’s favorite bluegrass musicians, stopped by to sing her an early Christmas carol. “Snow falls round the manger, love melts it away,...

Suneja Receives NCI Career Development Award

Duke Cancer Institute’s Gita Suneja , MD, MSHP, has received a five-year National Cancer Institute Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) for her project “Cancer Treatment Disparities in the HIV Population: Exploring the Impact of HIV on Physician and Patient Decision-...

You ARE A Superstar!

Previously awarde d at an annual anniversary celebration in Durham, this year’s Duke Cancer Institute Superstar awards went on the road where three deserving recipients — Stacey Lisi, PharmD; Robin Hardie-Hood, MD; and Alicia Johnson, RN; each hailing from a cancer center located at Duke University...

Lisenbee Elected To APSHO Board Of Directors

Kelly Lisenbee, DNP, ANP-C, AOCN, adult nurse practitioner, Department of Urologic Surgery, was recently elected to the board of directors for the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO). “Being elected to APSHO’s board of directors is a great honor,” shared Lisenbee, who...

Duke First In Nation To Offer Post-HSCT At-Home Care

When a 62-year-old man’s chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) progressed to acute myeloid leukemia, his Duke hematologist started him on chemotherapy and referred him to the Duke Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic. Given the patient’s disease progression, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell...

New Clinic Specializes In Cancer’s Effects On Kidneys

A new clinic specializing in onco-nephrology — an emerging medical subspecialty that strives to preserve kidney health in cancer patients — has been established under the leadership of David I. Ortiz-Melo, MD, a Duke nephrologist specializing in chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury and...

November Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Kevin Oeffinger, MD; and many more.

SpOoktacular Happenings At DCI

“She just flew right into the door,” said grants and contracts manager Debra Colpitts, explaining the witch who apparently smashed face first. Chair of the Duke Cancer Institute Finance social committee, Colpitts launched a door decorating and costume contest for the first time this year. At least...

Talking Turkey: Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

Every fall, Wesley Brandt fires up the charcoal smoker in his backyard to make turkey barbecue. First, the turkey is smoked over hickory-flavored briquets and chunks of wood for 12 hours, then it’s brought inside to finish cooking in the oven where the succulent and tender meat falls off the bone...

OHE To Host 50 Hoops

The Office of Health Equity (OHE) will host 50 Hoops , a panel discussion on barriers to enrollment in clinical trials, on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Searle Center. A diverse panel made up of patients, caregivers and community members will anwer questions revolving around barriers...

Duke Team Receives $10.8 Million From NIH

The National Cancer Institute (NIH) awarded $10.8 million to Duke Cancer Institute researchers as part of the Human Tumor Atlas Network , which will work to build a visual model of cancer tumors. The Duke team, led by Shelley Hwang, MD, and Jeffrey R. Marks, PhD, will develop a three-dimensional...

Couple Marry At Duke Five Days After Cancer Diagnosis

In J.K. Rowling’s 1999 Harry Potter novel, “Prisoner of Azkaban,” professor Albus Dumbledore foresees the tough times ahead and reminds the inhabitants of the castle to stay hopeful and optimistic. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,” he...

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