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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.

September 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 Kevin Oeffinger, MD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Mark Dewhirst, MD, PhD; and many others.

August 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 Tian Zhang, MD; Arif Kamal, MD, MHS; Kim Slusser, MSN, BSN; Fumiko Chino, MD; and many others.

Duke To Host Living With Melanoma Symposium

Duke Cancer Institute, in partnership with the AIM at Melanoma Foundation , will host Living With Melanoma on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The event, which will be held at the Great Hall in the Trent Semans Center, is FREE. According to AIM, melanoma accounts for about one percent of all...

Zafar Named To The Samfund Advisory Council

Yousuf Zafar, MD, associate professor of medicine and public policy, has been named to The Samfund Advisory Council . In his role on the council, Zafar will provide guidance on research and outcomes so as to enhance the organization's ability to navigate the financial aftermath of cancer care. The...

Out-of-Pocket Costs Exceed What Many Insured Cancer Patients Expect to Pay

A third of insured people with cancer end up paying more out-of-pocket than they expected, despite having health coverage, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute have found. The data showed that costs such as copays and deductibles could lead to financial distress among insured patients of all...

June 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 Andrew Armstrong, MD; Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD; and Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD.

May 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 Kimberly Blackwell, MD; Daniel George, MD; H. Kim Lyerly, MD, and Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH.

March 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 Steven Patierno, PhD; Charles Gersbach, PhD; E. Shelley Hwang, MD; Donald McDonnell, MD; and many more.

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

DCI Cancer Clinicians Tackle Financial Toxicity

Financial toxicity. Google it and you’ll find it’s the new catchphrase to describe the escalating costs of cancer care. The leading killer of patients under 85, the national expenditure on cancer is in the $200 billion range and overall patient spending on cancer treatment can easily reach tens of...

November Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists and researchers whose work was featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list includes Nelson Jen An Chao, MD, MBA, Krista Rowe-Nichols RN, MSN; Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD; and many more.

Mobile Financial Assistance Tool in Development

Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, and healthcare technology company Vivor are the recent recipients of a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute six-month grant of $224,997, which will fund initial development of a novel technology-based method designed to reduce cancer patients’ financial...

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