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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.

When Championing A Cause Size Doesn't Matter

They say it takes no longer than a blink of an eye to “size” up another person. At nearly four-feet, five-inches tall, Barbara Flink, 63, has endured her share of snap judgements. However, it doesn’t take long to discover that what Flink may lack in stature she makes up tenfold in personality and...

Two-Time Cancer Survivor To Make Strides And Light The Night

In 2004, Cary, North Carolina real estate broker and mother-of-two Mary Ann Feagan, then 47, noticed a lump in the outside corner of her left eyelid. Following a biopsy surgery at Duke, she was diagnosed with a slow-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and referred to hematologic oncologist Joseph...

Kenney To Host Wine And Design Benefit

Radiation oncology nurse Nicole Kenney, BSN, RN, OCN, CNIII, and Team Noreen have stepped up their fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Light The Night Walk with a benefit at Wine and Design Durham and two restaurant fundraisers. Proceeds from the fundraisers will be...

Duke Cancer Institute Ready To Light The Night

For a second year, hematologic oncologist Danielle Brander, MD, will lead the way for Team Duke Cancer Center Durham at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night walk. Duke Raleigh Hospital president David Zaas, MD, MBA, and his wife Aimee Zaas, MD, will, also for a second year,...

Sellers Wins LLS Woman Of The Year Title

Catherine Sellers, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC,OCN, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, was recently named the The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2018 Woman of the Year. Having raised $167,098 over a 10-week period (March 27 through June 9), Seller's cinched the local chapter's Woman of the Year title. "...

Sellers Competing For Woman Of The Year, Honors Mothers

Catherine Sellers, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC,OCN, Duke Cancer Center Raleigh, has been nominated to compete in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2018 Woman of the Year campaign. Sellers, 42, an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for a disease that...

Therapist Takes On Endurance Challenge In Support Of Fight Against Blood Cancers

As an oncology recreation therapist, Tiffany Atkinson, MS, LRT, knows first-hand that “bouncing back” from the sometimes destructive effects of cancer treatment can be an uphill climb. However, when it comes to helping her patients transition back to health and wellness, Atkinson urges them on,...

Bringing Denial To Light

After two visits to a local ENT doctor who performed two biopsies – both benign – and then a follow-up visit to her primary care doctor, Joy Wood was at a crossroads. For the past six months she’d been troubled by itchy skin and odd lumps in her neck. Even after two benign biopsies, her primary...

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...

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