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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.

Mother’s Cancer Battle Prompts Turning Tables For Onetime Textile Designer

Susan C. Hicks Hope Charities To Host Benefit Golf Tournament Having earned a degree in textile design from North Carolina State University, Anderson Garrett was working for a textile manufacturing company when in April 2006 her mother learned she had adenocarcinoma, a non-small cell lung cancer...

Dorry Receives $25,000 From Lung Cancer Initiative

Michael Dorry , MD, Duke Cancer Institute, is one of five 2019-2020 recipients of the Lung Cancer Initiative Research Grant. Grantees receive $25,000 and are selected based on the measurable impact of their proposal and commitment to the lung cancer field. “We are pleased to support Dr. Dorry and...

Drug Makes Tumors More Susceptible To Chemo

Compound that knocks out a DNA repair pathway enhances cisplatin treatment and helps prevent drug-resistance CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Many chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells by severely damaging their DNA. However, some tumors can withstand this damage by relying on a DNA repair pathway that not only...

Taking Steps To Get A Better Look

Having just sent a surgical specimen to pathology, gynecologic cancer surgeon Andrew Berchuck, MD, pauses to call pathologist Shannon McCall, MD, to get her assessment before proceeding further. As she goes into detail about the frozen section projected on her screen, he interrupts, “I’ll be right...

Once Upon A Time

The Lung Cancer Initiative of NC will host its annual Evening of Hope Gala, Once Upon A Time , on Saturday, April 27, at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. last year's gala raised $132,500 to help support lung cancer research in North Carolina. The Lung Cancer Initiative of North...

Suneja Receives NCI Career Development Award

Duke Cancer Institute’s Gita Suneja , MD, MSHP, has received a five-year National Cancer Institute Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) for her project “Cancer Treatment Disparities in the HIV Population: Exploring the Impact of HIV on Physician and Patient Decision-...

Kaufman Awarded $25,000 For Lung Cancer Research

Jacob Kaufman, MD, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine is one of five 2018-19 recipients of the Lung Cancer Initiative (LCI) Research Grant. Grantees receive $25,000 and are selected based on the measurable impact of their proposal and commitment to the lung cancer field. “We are proud of our...

Pain Management Via Skype Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

Preliminary results of a four-year study led by Duke Cancer Institute clinical psychologist Tamara Somers, PhD, appear to conclude that, when delivered via video chat, a cancer pain therapy protocol her team developed was more accessible than the same therapy delivered in an office setting. This...

Cancer Patient looks Beyond Own Plight To Champion Outcome For Others

Patricia “Trish” Mackey and her husband, Michael, love nothing more than to rally friends and family around their dining room table for an evening of lively conversation and fabulous food. For a period of time, they hosted an annual gathering in which they whipped up huge spreads fit for royalty,...

Lung Cancer Initiative To Host Evening of Hope Gala

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina will host its 10th Annual Evening of Hope Gala at the North Ridge Country Club , in Raleigh, on Saturday, April 1. The event includes dinner and a live auction. More than 219,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. It is the leading cause...