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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.

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.

Gold Nanostars and Immunotherapy Vaccinate Mice Against Cancer

By combining an FDA-approved cancer immunotherapy with an emerging tumor-roasting nanotechnology, Duke University researchers improved the efficacy of both therapies in a proof-of-concept study using mice. The potent combination also attacked satellite tumors and distant cancerous cells, completely...

Young Survivor Rebounds From Bladder Cancer

Ever since he was a young boy growing up in Virginia, Anthony Willard, 30, has been a fan of Duke men's basketball. As a young man, he imagined he might one day make the 3.5-hour drive south to Durham, North Carolina, to catch a game. He never expected that instead he’d be traveling to Duke for...

Physician-Scientist Looks To Environment For Clues To Bladder Cancer

Matt Vitale, a computer lab engineer for Dell Inc., was only 42 years old when he was diagnosed in 2004 with bladder cancer, the fourth most common cancer in men but a cancer that predominantly affects people in their ‘60s and ‘70s. Then a weight trainer and amateur pilot, Vitale, who for the next...

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...

May 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 features the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, and also includes Yousuf Zafar, MD and many more.

December 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 Henry Friedman, MD; Beth Perry, RN; Paul Modrich, PhD; John Sampson, MD, PhD; and many more.

August 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 Yousuf Zafar, MD; Dan George, MD; Sita Nair, PhD; Matthias Gromeier, MD; and many more.