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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.

Blood Biomarkers ID'd in Drug-Resistant Cancer Tumor Cells

While searching for a non-invasive way to detect prostate cancer cells circulating in blood, Duke Cancer Institute researchers have identified some blood markers associated with tumor resistance to two common hormone therapies. In a study published online this month in the journal Clinical Cancer...

Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Families Help Advance Research

It’s been called the silent killer because it spreads fairly quietly, before causing painful symptoms. By the time many women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, its already advanced through the abdominal cavity. This is what happened to Gail Parkins, who, at the age of 54, was eventually diagnosed...

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. The culmination of a...

Duke Nurse Launches Album For A Cure Campaign

Music has always played an important role in Daniel Nickels’ life. Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, he was surrounded by musicians. His mother taught him to play piano when he was young. By sixteen his dad had Nickels shredding a guitar. He would go on to master other instruments, including the...

Leaders Make Collaboration Focus of Cancer Moonshot Summit

As a part of Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, DC last month, leaders from North Carolina’s three comprehensive cancer centers gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to convene their own regional summit. “The goal of the ‘moonshot’ is to propel us...

A Community of Supporters

On Valentine’s Day 2009, Meg Lindenberger was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her treatment—a bilateral mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy—Duke surgeon Randall Scheri, MD, and his team ensured that Meg never endured nausea or missed a day of work at IBM. The day after her...

The Patient Who Changed Cancer

Peter Morrissette’s life was changed forever by cancer. The father of three who loved to play ice hockey and compete in triathlons lost a leg to sarcoma (soft tissue cancer). But Morrissette, of Cary, North Carolina, has also helped change cancer. He was one of 15 patients who were the first to...

Houff Family Outraces Cancer

Quin Houff (pronounced “howf”) of Weyers Cave, Virginia, fell in love with racing at age eight, driving go-karts with his dad, Zane. “Our family has a trucking business, and they say driving is in our blood,” Quin says. By age nine, Quin was racing mini-cup cars (half-size stock cars). “I’m just...

Fluorescence Lights Up Hidden Cancer

Surgery is a crucial weapon against cancer. But cancer can evade it. A surgeon may think all the tumor has been removed, only to find out from pathology reports that some was left behind. That can mean a second surgery for the patient. Or, if microscopic cancer cells aren’t found by pathologists,...

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