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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.

Strike Out For Sarcoma

Step out on Sunday, Sept. 9, for the 9th Annual Strike Out For Sarcoma 5K and Family Run . The event, hosted by the Duke Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Program, takes place WakeMed Soccer Field in Cary, North Carolina. According to the American Cancer Society a sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops...

Patient’s Advice: Nourish The Soul     

Nadine Tolman takes a sip of water from a plastic cup that her husband, Fay, has just brought her from the refreshment station. “Remember, you need to stay hydrated,” he says softly, laying his hand on her shoulder, “and don’t forget to eat your lunch.” The gentle gesture from her husband disrupts...

Two-Time Cancer Survivor, Jazz Artist, Gives DCI Benefit Concert

The Calvin Edwards Trio invites the public to “A Night of Jazz to Benefit Cancer Research at Duke” on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. at Duke University’s Nelson Music Room. International jazz and blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Calvin Edwards organized the concert — with bandmates Doug...

Young Cancer Researchers Selected To Attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Three young Duke scientists who research cancer have been selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in June, to be held in Germany. Mark Chen, Amy Wisdom, and Jeffrey Smith, are all MD/PhD candidates in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Duke University School of...

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-...

DCI Research Team Takes On Sarcoma in Dogs and Humans

When 12 years ago Sharon and Bill Feipel went to pick up a fawn-colored pug, Otto, they also ended up taking home his brother, the runt of the litter. “It didn’t look like he was going to survive, so we took him, too,” Sharon recalled. They named him Odin, after the Norse god associated with...

Ask The Experts: What Is Sarcoma?

Duke Cancer Institute, in partnership with the Sarcoma Foundation of America, will host a patient education conference, What is Sarcoma?, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Patients, caregivers and survivors will have an opportunity to submit...

Help Strike Out Sarcoma!

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 10, for the 2017 Strikeout For Sarcoma 5K and Family Run , hosted by Duke Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Program. The event, celebrating lives touched by sarcoma, will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. "You can help strike out sarcoma!" According to the...

Eward Receives Hyundai Hope On Wheels Award

William Eward , MD, DVM, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been named to receive a 2017 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Award, a $250,000 Hyndai Scholar grant. Eward treats complex sarcomas in both humans and animals. His laboratory focuses on comparative oncology — cancer discoveries made by...

Researchers ID Genes That Make Sarcomas Less Aggressive

Duke Cancer Institute and Rice University researchers have identified a network of regulatory genes (the microRNA-200 family, ZEB1, and GRHL2) they believe are driving some sarcomas toward a different cell lineage — a condition that seems to predict better patient outcomes.

Kirsch Promoted

David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD, was recently promoted to Professor of Radiation Oncology and Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. Kirsch received his MD and PhD degrees in 2000 from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Then, Kirsch...

Scientists Trace Origin Cell of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors

Scientists at Duke Health are part of a team that has discovered a type of cell surrounding blood vessels can also serve as a starting point for sarcoma, a form of cancer that occurs in bones and connective tissues. The findings, made through studies of mice, offer insights that could aid in the...

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