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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.

Onetime Grant Recipient Sheds Light On Financial Assistance Opportunities

Sylvia Foushee, 71, was due for an annual physical. It was early September 2016. A native of Bahama, North Carolina, Sylvia visited her Duke primary care physician. During an examination, her doctor felt a mass that appeared to be in or close to her stomach. Her blood test revealed her white blood...

DCI's Brander Inspired By Her Patients, LLS, To Light The Night

Hematologic oncologist Danielle Brander, MD, has signed on as honorary team captain to lead Team Duke Cancer Institute at this year's The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Triangle Light the Night walk. She’s attended the walk for the last two years with her family, and has been talking up the walk...

Duke Raleigh Hospital President Ready To Light The Night

Duke Raleigh Hospital president and leukemia survivor David Zaas, MD, and his wife Aimee Zaas, MD, an infectious diseases specialist, have signed on as honorary team captains to lead Team Duke Cancer Center Raleigh at this year's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Triangle Light the Night walk. On...

Kenney Offering Novelty Tees And Wine And Design Outing (Sept. 16)

Radiation oncology nurse Nicole Kenney, BSN, RN, OCN, CNIII, and Team Noreen are raising funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night Walk in October. Kenny has been stepping out for the walk since 2010 when her mother, Noreen, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML...

DCI Teams Up To Light The Night (Oct. 28)

The 2017 Light The Night walk, hosted by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Booth Ampitheatre in Cary, North Carolina. According to LLS, approximately every three minutes one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. An estimated combined...

New Antibody May Re-Activate Immune System in Cancer Therapy

Adding an investigational antibody to the chemotherapy rituximab appears to restore its cancer-killing properties in certain leukemia patients with a natural resistance to the drug, according to a small, proof-of-concept study by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. The study, published June 28 in...

Be The Match

You're invited to Be The Match on Friday, March 17, at 8 a.m. at Duke Hospital Medical Library on the 8th floor of Duke North in Durham, North Carolina. This is your opportunity to be involved — to transplant hope. On Feb. 14, David Zaas, MD, president, Duke Raleigh Hospital, was diagnosed with...

Goins Competes For Woman Of The Year

Jennifer Goins, a program coordinator for Duke Department of Immunology, has been nominated to compete in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2017 Woman of the Year campaign. Goins hopes to help bring leukemia, a disease to which she lost her two-year-old nephew, to its proper end. “It is a...

Dream Vacation Turns Nightmare For Virginia Couple

Celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary, in May 2016 Greg Ryan and his wife, Terry, took off for a dream vacation to Kauai, a Hawaiian island boasting a tropical rainforest, towering cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls. While travel guides promised the legends of the Na Pali Coast would transport...

Blood Cancer Survivors and Fighters to Light the Night

Pat Luke, a volunteer with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, had walked in the society’s Light the Night fundraiser for 16 years — long before she became a volunteer. She began when she was the head executive administrator for the vice president of the Raleigh-based EMC Corporation, which...

Radiation Oncology Nurse Honors Mother’s Memory

New Hampshire native Nicole Kenney, 31, already had one undergraduate degree under her belt when she applied in 2009 for enrollment in Duke University School of Nursing’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program. Kenney was accepted, but halfway into the program during the summer...

Duke Oncologist Going For Woman Of The Year

Man and Woman of the Year candidates compete for the title by raising funds in honor of two local pediatric survivors, a boy and a girl. Boy of the Year Benjamin Byers, photographed here with Woman of the Year candidate Stefanie Sarantopoulous, MD, PhD, was treated at Duke for lymphoblastic...

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