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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.

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...

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...

DCI Teams Raise Thousands for Breast and Blood Cancers

For a third year DCI teamed up with the American Cancer Society to serve as local presenting sponsor at the charity’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk held in Raleigh on Oct. 15. In its 10th year, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month-event attracted more than 1700 participants and to date has...

Cancer Survivor Steps Out In Fight Against Blood Cancers

After graduating in May 2012 from North Carolina’s High Point University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, Sasha Zabavin moved to New York City for a promising internship with a large retail company. Six months later, on the Friday before Christmas, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin...

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...