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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.

January Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Ray Barfield, MD; E. Shelley Hwang, MD; Henry S. Friedman, MD; Thomas LeBlanc, MD; Angeles Secord, MD; and...

Caring House Gala To Honor Nelson Chao

Caring House will host its 27 Annual Gala on Saturday, Jan. 27. This year’s gala honors Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular division chief Nelson Chao, MD, MBA, the Donald D. and Elizabeth G. Cooke Cancer Research Professor. For more than 26 years Caring House has provided a home away from home...

Brain Tumor Survivor Saddles Up In Quest For Cure

Benjamin “Ben” Turits was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1984, when he was just 4 years old. Living with his family in Cooperstown, New York, Turits’ surgical team was able to succesfully remove his tumor. “I am so fortunate,” he reflected. “I feel I am lucky because I haven’t had to deal with any...

Ovarian Cancer Screening: Cost Effective?

A group of Duke Cancer Institute gynecologic oncology researchers has published a new paper this month with their projections on the cost-effectiveness of ovarian cancer screening in the U.S., based on their analysis of published results of the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (...

Local Theater Professor Rewrites The Script On Cancer

William Shakespeare said it best when he penned “All the world’s a stage.” No doubt, no one knows this better than Johnny Alston, a 41-year theater professor at North Carolina Central University. Throughout the years he’s played many characters – sometimes the salty antagonist, other times the...

Lyme Study Uses Drug Discovery Methods That Have Fueled Cancer Breakthroughs

Antibiotics are currently the only treatments available for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, but researchers at Duke Health are working to expand the medical toolkit by identifying vulnerable areas of the disease-causing bacteria that could lead to innovative therapies. The research...

For Leukemia Patients, Transfusion Needs May Delay Hospice Care

Leukemia patients who received frequent transfusions had short stays in hospice, suggesting that transfusion dependence presents a barrier to end-of-life care. Toward the end of life, some leukemia patients depend on blood transfusions to ease their suffering, but those very measures are often not...

DCI's Kirk and Diehl Honored

The Duke Medical Alumni Association honored six highly accomplished alumni and faculty with 2017 Distinguished Awards during Medical Alumni Weekend this November. Duke Cancer Institute's Allan D. Kirk, MD, and Anna Mae Diehl, MD, were among the awardees. Kirk, MD’87, PhD’92, HS’87-’95, one of three...

DCI Investigators Showcase Research At ASH

Duke Cancer Institute researchers are attending the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) 59th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta this week. Here are some highlights from the ASH meeting: Updated Prognostic Tools Needed in the Era of Novel Therapies for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia...

A Value-Based Approach To The Use Of PARP Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancer

A group of Duke Cancer Institute gynecologic oncologists, led by Andrew Berchuck, MD, are advising, in a perspectives article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology , that an evidence- and biomarker guided strategy-offers the best value-based approach to the use of oral PARP inhibitor drugs as...

Third Annual C3O Symposium Slated For February (2.23.18)

The Consortium for Canine Comparative Oncology (c3o), a collaboration between Duke Cancer Institute and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will host the Third Annual Canine Comparative Oncology Symposium on Friday, Feb. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Durham...

Tree Lighting Ceremony Shines A Light On Survivorship

Shining a light for supportive care and survivorship, more than 160 guests attended the 27th Annual Nancy Weaver Emerson Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 1. "The event was a wonderful success and symbolized the strength and hope felt by those coping with cancer," said Cheyenne Corbett...

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