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We invite you to share your story to help raise awareness. If you have been or are being treated for cancer at Duke or if you are a caregiver, we'd like to know how cancer care, research or clinical trials at Duke has affected your life. Are you a donor? If so, please consider sharing you story. Tell us why you choose to team up with Duke Cancer Institute. For more information or to share your story, please contact Sara Wajda, Director of Annual Giving, DCI Development.

He Found a Home Away From Home

A recently retired electrician whose roots on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast date back five generations, Ken Baysden loves to take his boat out fishing around the cut banks of Bogue Sound. He grew up on the water and doesn’t like to be away for too long. But last summer a six-week series of...

Tumor-Seeking Salmonella Treats Brain Tumors

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have recruited an unlikely ally in the fight against the deadliest form of brain cancer — a strain of salmonella that usually causes food poisoning. Clinicians sorely need new treatment approaches for glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain 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...

Mutation Could Be Vulnerable to Drugs

Breast cancer cells that carry a certain gene mutation can be induced to die using a combination of an existing targeted therapy along with an investigational molecule tested by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. When used together in preclinical experiments, the drugs shut down two of the key...

Trial Launches for Veterans with Liver Cancer

Primary liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is the world’s third most common cause of cancer death. In the United States, the incidence of HCC is increasing. While surgery is the optimal treatment, less than a third of HCC patients are medically fit for surgery or liver...

Sustenance for the Cause

Durham chef Scott Howell has been throwing the annual "Nana's Dinner" to benefit the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for so many years, he can’t quite remember how it got started. He recalls that one of his regular customers at Nana’s, his upscale restaurant near Duke University, asked him...

A Small Price to Pay

Kristin Schroeder, MD, MPH, remembers the dad that called to tell her he had found a way to pay for the medicine to treat his son’s lymphoma; he had just sold his cow. He said he would come the next day to get the chemo at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania. “I said, ‘oh my goodness!’ A cow...

Innovative Research the Focus of DCI Scientific Retreat

Duke Cancer Institute hosted the Fourth Annual DCI Scientific Retreat on Friday, Oct. 28, at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco District in Durham. The event featured the second-annual *O. Michael Colvin Memorial Lecture, which was presented by Levi A. Garraway, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and...

Screening Saves Biker from Dead End

Ronald Knowles, 68, remembers the day a new patient appointment with Duke Primary Care physician assistant Leanne Owens changed his life. Owens was going over his history, including his COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and asked him if he smoked and how much. He said he guessed two-to-...

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