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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.

Brain Tumor Survivor Saddles Up In Quest For Cure

Benjamin “Ben” Turits was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1984, when he was just 4 years old. Living with his family in Cooperstown, New York, Tutits’ surgical team was able to succesfully remove his tumor. “I am so fortunate,” he reflected. “I feel I am lucky because I haven’t had to deal with any...

Anniversary Party Celebrates Best In Cancer Care

Duke Cancer Institute held its Seventh Annual Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 2. Hosted by DCI executive director Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, the event, celebrating the previous year’s milestones, recognized the institute’s superstar achievements. The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, the...

October Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Daniel George, MD; Nadine Barrett, PhD; Neil Spector, MD; Brant Inman, MD, MS; Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MS; and...

Duke Cancer Institute Saddles Up With The V Foundation

With the support and collaboration of the state's three comprehensive cancer centers, The V Foundation announced on Wednesday, Sept. 27, its new signature fundraising event, Victory Ride to Cure Cancer. The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer is a one-day cycling event. The ride, traversing the rolling...

Duke Health Launches New Research Initiative

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and trainees gathered Wednesday, Sept. 13, to launch Translating Duke Health . The multi-year, multidisciplinary program will focus on areas where Duke Health can make the most significant contributions to health and healthcare. "We are here to talk about the...

Executive Director To Host 7th Annual Anniversary Celebration

Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director, Duke Cancer Institute, will host the Seventh Annual DCI Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of Duke Cancer Center. The annual event celebrates the previous year’s milestones while also recognizing the...

April Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Michael Kastan, MD, PhD; Julie Sosa, MD, MA, FACS; Andrew Berchuck, MD; and many more.

Duke Health, WakeMed Agree to Collaborate on Cancer Care

Duke Health and WakeMed Health & Hospitals have announced the signing of agreements to create Cancer Care Plus+, an innovative cancer care collaboration that will serve the growing cancer care needs of patients in Wake County. Cancer Care Plus+ will become effective May 1, 2017. Similar to the...

Kastan, Modrich Elected Fellows Of AACR Academy Class Of 2017

Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director, Duke Cancer Institute, and Paul Modrich, PhD, recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, have been elected as Fellows of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Academy Class of 2017. The AACR Academy serves to recognize and honor...

Enlisting A Dog In The Fight Against Cancer

For years, dogs have sniffed-out land mines, rescued earthquake victims, and guided the blind. Today our BFFs are teaming up with us to confront a shared formidable foe — cancer. America’s 83 million pet dogs share our environment, have similar genomes and develop spontaneous tumors much like we do...

DCI's Gosselin Assumes Duke Hospital CNO Position

When she began her nursing career, Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN, the new chief nursing and patient care services officer for Duke University Hospital (DUH), chose right away to specialize in oncology. As a student nurse in her native Boston, she had worked with many cancer patients. Why cancer? “...

Collaboration Focus at Cancer Moonshot Summit

As a part of Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, DC last month, leaders from North Carolina’s three comprehensive cancer centers gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to convene their own regional summit. “The goal of the ‘moonshot’ is to propel us...

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