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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.

Rossitch Named Administrative Director For GI, Sarcoma And Melanoma

Eugene Rossitch III, MHA, has been named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Gastrointestinal (GI), Sarcoma and Melanoma disease groups. In his new role, Rossitch will provide overall administrative leadership for the groups. “We are pleased that Eugene has accepted the role of...

Abbruzzese To Be Honored At Caring House Gala

Caring House, a lodging facility for Duke cancer patients receiving outpatient care, will host its annual Benefit Gala at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. This year's gala honors James Abbruzzese, MD, chief of the Division of Medical Oncology and director of...

Pain Management Via Skype Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

Preliminary results of a four-year study led by Duke Cancer Institute clinical psychologist Tamara Somers, PhD, appear to conclude that, when delivered via video chat, a cancer pain therapy protocol her team developed was more accessible than the same therapy delivered in an office setting. This...

Team Spirit: Over One Thousand Join CRUSH 2018

About a thousand people and 50 plus dogs rose early on Saturday morning, March 24, to attend an unseasonably cold CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk — held for the first time at Durham’s Northgate Mall. The spring freeze couldn’t crush the team spirit that rippled through the event, organized...

Survivors & Staff Come Together to CRUSH Colorectal Cancer

Greenwood, South Carolina, native Tina Escalona, was young — only 45 years-old — when she was diagnosed with rectal cancer. The average age of diagnosis for women is 72 years old. She didn’t have a family history of the disease and led a healthy and active lifestyle; playing competitive tennis,...

Cancer Survivor Credits Care Team for Second and Third Chance at Life 

In the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, mother and homemaker Charlotte Miller was always on the move. Married to a textile manager, the couple married right out of high school in their home state of Pennsylvania. They relocated several times for his career — to North Carolina, then Ohio, Wisconsin,...

Pancreatic Cancer: Facing a Formidable Foe

In February 2016, Tara Wilkes left her job as a decorator and furniture sales associate, locked the door of her second home on Lake Waccamaw and moved back inland to the family home in Rockingham, North Carolina. “I just couldn’t do my job,” said Wilkes, a petite and active 56-year-old grandmother...

Adhikari Receives PanCAN-NCI Fellowship

Duke postdoctoral fellow Hema Adhikari, PhD, has been awarded a $100,000 two-year grant, the 2017 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – NCI, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research KRAS Fellowship. Adhikari aims to identify novel therapeutic vulnerabilities in pancreatic cancer in her...

CRUSH Raises Record $100,000

The 2017 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk , held March 25 in Downtown Durham, attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised a record $102,273 and counting — breaking last year’s record of around $70,000. Organized annually by the Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease...

New Tools In The Battle Against Bile Duct Cancer

Often by the time bile duct cancer is diagnosed, it’s already metastasized. Highly aggressive, bile duct cancer usually comes with limited treatment options and a poor prognosis. Because it’s a relatively rare cancer — only about 8,000 cases are diagnosed each year — additional therapies have not...

They're Glad He Came

Duke Retiree-Turned-Cancer-Survivor Brings New Meaning to Service: Plenty busy with fishing, golfing and grandchildren, Jim Slaughter, a Duke retiree, doesn’t just volunteer because he has the time; he volunteers because, as they say, he has the heart. Diagnosed three years ago with stage 4 small...

DCI Cancer Clinicians Tackle Financial Toxicity

Financial toxicity. Google it and you’ll find it’s the new catchphrase to describe the escalating costs of cancer care. The leading killer of patients under 85, the national expenditure on cancer is in the $200 billion range and overall patient spending on cancer treatment can easily reach tens of...