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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.

State of The Science Summit: Treatment of Breast Cancer (9.10.19)

OncLive will host its State of the Science Summit: Treatment of Breast Cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the DoubleTree By Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park. Topics include: • Updates in Metastatic HR+/HER2- • Novel Approaches to HER2-Positive Breast Cancer • Novel Approaches...

Cost of Breast Cancer Surgery Influences Many Women’s Treatment

Even among well-educated women with health insurance coverage, a significant proportion said the costs of cancer treatment influenced the type of surgery they chose for breast cancer treatment, a study led by the Duke Cancer Institute found. The finding, published online in the Journal of Oncology...

Duke Oncologists Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

For a sixth year, Duke Cancer Institute is teaming up with the American Cancer Society (ACS) as local presenting sponsor for its October Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This year's walk will held at Midtown Park at North Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, Oct. 19. The 2018...

What's Best For Breasts?

What's Best For Breasts?, A Conversation with Duke Clinicians, will be held at the Trent Semans Center Grand Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The symposium is free to the public and includes interactive information sessions, Q & A panels and drawings for prizes. Lunch is...

The Long Run: Relay Team Turns Tide For Breast Cancer Patients In Need

Led by Duke breast cancer surgeon Rachel Greenup, MD, MPH, a team of mainly Duke and UNC women's healthcare providers — the BAMRs — will traverse the long and winding rural roads of eastern North Carolina once again this October to aid breast cancer patients who can’t afford their treatments.

Researchers Identify Enzyme That Suppresses Immune System in Breast Cancer

Immunotherapies have transformed cancer care, but their successes have been limited for reasons that are both complex and perplexing. In breast cancer especially, only a small number of patients are even eligible to undergo treatment with immunotherapies, and most see little benefit. But in a pre-...

Overall Cancer Mortality Continues To Decline

Annual Report to the Nation: Overall cancer mortality continues to decline; Special section on adults ages 20 to 49 shows higher cancer incidence and mortality for women than men The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that, for all cancer sites combined, cancer death...

Personal Cancer Experience Drives Nurse’s Passion For Care

For her cancer patients, Valarie Worthy, MSN, RN, is a light in the dark. As a patient navigator for the Duke Cancer Center, Worthy helps patients with transportation, housing, childcare, therapy or spiritual support services while they’re undergoing cancer care. Her passion for helping patients...

One Woman's Gift Creates Respite For Many

Raised in a Jewish home on Long Island, New York, Donna Bernstein was well acquainted with tzedakah , a Hebrew word referring to the moral obligation to do what’s right and just, including works of charity—a principle her father and mother believed in and incorporated into their daily lives while...

Study Uncovers An Unknown Pathway For Breast Cancer Tumors To Recur

For many women who thought they had beaten breast cancer, the news that it has roared back years later comes as an especially cruel diagnosis with no clear answers for why or how it recurs. Now a team of Duke Cancer Institute researchers has filled in some critically unknown details that could lead...

Fayanju Awarded ACS/ASBrS Health Policy And Management Scholarship

The American College of Surgeons and American Society of Breast Surgeons has awarded Duke Cancer Institute breast surgeon Oluwadamilola "Lola" Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, this year's Health Policy and Management Scholarship. The annual scholarship supports the recipient’s attendance and participation in...

Pink Ink Tattoo Lady Revs Up To Ride In 2019 Komen Race

Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tara Dunsmore Williamson, 46, dedicated her most of her adult life to a career as a nurse. However, in 2012 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Williamson traded a nurse’s IV needle for a needle of another kind—a tattoo needle. “After a lumpectomy followed...

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