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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.

Use of Supportive Palliative Care Lags For Heart Patients

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, relatively few of these patients receive a referral to palliative care focusing on quality of life and value-based treatment decisions. When heart patients are referred to palliative care, they are typically nearing death and...

Palliative Care Research Group Receives $8 Million Grant

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus received an $8 million, five-year continuation grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, to refine and expand the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC). As the nation’s...

LeBlanc Receives International Clinical Impact Award

Thomas LeBlanc, MD , a practicing hematologic oncologist and palliative care physician at Duke Cancer Institute, recently received the 2018 European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Clinical Impact Award. The European Association for Palliative Care is a membership organization dedicated to...

For Leukemia Patients, Transfusion Needs May Delay Hospice Care

Leukemia patients who received frequent transfusions had short stays in hospice, suggesting that transfusion dependence presents a barrier to end-of-life care. Toward the end of life, some leukemia patients depend on blood transfusions to ease their suffering, but those very measures are often not...

Kamal Named Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Arif Kamal , MD, MBA, MHS, associate professor of Medicine and Business Administration and physician director of Quality at the Duke Cancer Institute, was recently named by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) as one of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and...

Thomas LeBlanc Appointed AAHPM Fellow

Thomas LeBlanc , MD, MA, MHS, was recently appointed a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). LeBlanc, a cell therapy and hematologic malignancies specialist as well as a medical oncologist and palliative medicine specialist, was also recognized by AAHPM in 2015...

"Mystery Shopping" for Supportive Care

Using a “mystery shopper” approach, researchers at Duke Cancer Institute anonymously called most of the nation’s comprehensive cancer centers to ask whether palliative care was available, and found barriers to accurate information nearly 40 percent of the time.

Kamal Earns Fellow Status

Arif Kamal, MD, MHS, FACP, recently earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The Academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness. Advancement to fellowship status within the academy honors dedication...

Kamal, Abernethy Co-Author Cover Story for Oncology Issues

The DCI's Arif Kamal, MD, and Amy Abernethy, MD, are among the authors of the cover story of the May-June issue of Oncology Issues. Their article details the quality data collection tool (QDACT) developed by a team of software developers, informatics specialists, graphic designers, business...

Kamal Receives 2015 AAHPM’s Inspirational Leaders Award

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has named Arif Kamal, MD, a 2015 Inspirational Leader In Hospice and Palliative Medicine. “Through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care, LeBlanc and others are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families...

LeBlanc Receives AAHPM Inspirational Leader Award

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has named Thomas W. LeBlanc , MD, MA, a 2015 Inspirational Leader Under 40. “Through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care, these individuals are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families,” said academy...

Tulsky Receives American Cancer Society Award

James A. Tulsky, MD, chief of Duke Palliative Care and professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University, has been named the 2014 recipient of the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award. The national award, presented October 21 at the Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Research...

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