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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...

Metastatic Cancer Survivor Dismisses Fear; Embraces “Eye Of The Tiger”

Join us at facebook.com/dukecancerinstitute on Wednesday, May 1, at noon for a live panel discussion featuring cancer survivor and cycling enthusiast Tom Vibert, his oncologist John Strickler and Katie Sweet, senior manager of communications with The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Our own...

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...

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,...

Valentine's Candy-Grams for Sale to CRUSH Colorectal Cancer

It's that time of year again to share the love. One of Duke Cancer Institute's CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K Run/Walk teams — the GI Clinical Trials Team: Partners with Painters in Awareness of CRC (PIA's) — is selling Valentine's Day candy-grams in support of this year's forthcoming walk, to be held...

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...

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