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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.

Kirsch Leads First Trial of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors For Non-Metastatic Sarcoma

A multi-institutional team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) radiation oncologist David Kirsch, MD, PhD, has been awarded an eight-year, $2.5 million grant from Stand Up to Cancer . The funds support a clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of treatment of patients with high-...

Kirsch Receives J.W. Osborne Award

The Radiation Research Society recently presented the 2017 J.W. Osborne Award to David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD, the Barbara Levine University professor of Radiation Oncology and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at Duke. The J.W. Osborne Award honors a member of the Radiation Research Society who has...

NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium Available, Free Through March 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has announced the release of the newly-completed NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium™. This comprehensive new addition to NCCN’s Library of Compendia includes information designed to support clinical decision-making around the use of radiation...

Mark Dewhirst, “The Human Synapse,” Eases Into Retirement

When a Galapagos tortoise suffering from sarcoma needed help in 1983, zookeepers at the Staten Island Zoo called Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, a young scientist at University of Arizona who had been conducting clinical trials on dogs using radiotherapy. They were hoping radiotherapy might also help the...

Reducing Radiation May Cut Breast Cancer Treatment Costs

More than half of older women with early stage breast cancer received more radiation therapy than what might be medically necessary, adding additional treatment and health care costs, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. The researchers found that the annual estimated cost...

Kirsch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award to David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD, professor in the departments of Radiation Oncology and Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke Health. The $6.6 million award, covering seven years, will fund ongoing research in...

Ellis Promoted To Administrative Manager

Miriam H. Ellis, formerly financial analyst for Radiation Oncology, has been promoted to administrative manager for Radiation Oncology. Ellis, who has been affiliated with Duke for more than 20 years, received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from East Carolina University...

Dewhirst To Receive Penn Medicine’s John M. Yuhas Award

Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, Gustavo S. Montana Professor of Radiation Oncology, SoM, and vice director for Basic Sciences, DCI, has been named to receive from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania its 2015 John M. Yuhas Award for Excellence in Radiation Oncology. “I am...