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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.

Ready, Set, CRUSH!

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in men and in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. says the American Cancer Society. One in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The Duke Cancer Institute...

Survivor CRUSHes Cancer, Raises Awareness About Young CRC Patients 

Husband and father-of-three Andy Riley, 42, was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer in May 2017. Valentine’s Day this year was the one-year anniversary of his final surgery. “It’s a pretty big milestone because they tell you that it takes a year, after having the surgery I had, for your system to...

CRUSHing For A Cause

The Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease group will host its annual CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Walk on Saturday, March 9, at the Shops at Northgate in Durham. The event raises funds to support colorectal cancer research at Duke. Last year's event attracted more than 1,000...

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...

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

Local 5K To Deliver CRUSHing Blow

Members of the Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease group is ready to deliver another CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer as they prepare to lace up and step out for the Fourth Annual CRUSH Colorectal 5K Run on Saturday, March 25, in Durham. According to the American Cancer Society...

Candy-Grams for Sale to CRUSH Colorectal Cancer

The Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease group is ready to deliver a CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer. And doing it with heart. One of the program's CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K Run/Walk teams — the GI Clinical Trials Team — is selling Valentines Day candy-grams in support of the...

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...

Patient, Doctor Duo Ready To CRUSH Cancer

Erin Wood, an IT analyst for Duke, was diagnosed nine years ago with stage 4 colon cancer. She was just 42 years old. Despite lifesaving treatment, Wood’s cancer has returned twice. Buoyant and resilient, Wood refuses to let cancer get the best of her. She does her part to support research by...

Local 5K To Deliver CRUSHing Blow

The Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease group is ready to deliver another CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer. Having raised a record $54,000 last year, the 2016 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk expects to raise at least $60,000 for colorectal cancer research.

Recent 5K Delivers CRUSHing Blow To Colorectal Cancer

The 2015 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk, held March 14 at the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, attracted almost 500 participants and raised a record $54,055. Organized annually by the Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease group, the 2014 event raised $30,000. “We had...