DCI Blog


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.

Diversity Training Pilot For Research Teams Launched

Low participation in cancer research and clinical trials is an ongoing national problem that contributes to cancer health disparities. Nationally, only about two to five percent of minorities participate in clinical trials. One primary reason most patients don’t participate in clinical trials,...

Miltier Named AD For Breast And GYN Oncology

Tonya Miltier, MBA, formerly performance services team lead, Duke Health, has been named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Breast and GYN disease groups. “We are delighted Tonya has accepted the role of administrative director for our women’s cancers,” said Laura Sample, MHA,...

Survivor CRUSHes Cancer, Raises Awareness About Young CRC Patients 

Husband and father-of-three Andy Riley, 42, was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer in May 2017. Valentine’s Day this year was the one-year anniversary of his final surgery. “It’s a pretty big milestone because they tell you that it takes a year, after having the surgery I had, for your system to...

DCI Virologist Pursues EBV Pathways To Cancer

Cancer Institute virologist Micah A. Luftig, PhD, was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was recognized for his contributions to biological science in the field of viral oncology at the AAAS meeting on February 16.

Poillucci Named To TBJ List Of Top 20 Health Care Heroes

Victoria M. Poillucci, MSN, Med, ACNP-BC, APP team lead for Wake County oncology, has been named a 2019 Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) Health Care Hero. “Working with cancer patients is a privilege that I am proud of every day,” shared Poillucci, who is also the recipient of a 2018 Duke Friends of...

Metastatic Cancer Survivor Dismisses Fear; Embraces “Eye Of The Tiger”

As an industrial engineer, Tom Vibert, 56, has excelled in his career by identifying waste and streamlining production processes; all the while, without jeopardizing quality. It’s no surprise then that when diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer, Vibert dismissed the emotions that didn't...

Study Signals Survival Benefit for Black Men On New Prostate Cancer Drugs

It used to be a statistical fact that African-American men fared worse than whites when battling prostate cancer. But recent research led by scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute has been challenging that notion. Added evidence will be presented Feb. 11 at a meeting of the American Society of...

February Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Yvonne Mowery; Cristina Gasparetto, MD; Andrew West, PhD; Jiatoi Huang, MD, PhD; Betty Tong, MD; and many more.

Tobin’s Daughter Nominated For LLS Student Of The Year

Each year The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosts its Student of The Year campaign, a philanthropic leadership development program in which high school students raise funds to help support those in their communities battling blood cancers. Quinn Tobin, the youngest daughter of Jim and Kathy...

CRUSHing For A Cause

The Duke Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Program will host its annual CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Walk on Saturday, March 9, at the Shops at Northgate in Durham. The event raises funds to support colorectal cancer research at Duke. Last year's event attracted more than 1,000...

Patient With Rare Pancreas Cancer Beats The Odds

Tom Dinwiddie, 69, was featured in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer four years ago for having survived 30 months past an end-stage cancer diagnosis. He’s now lived nearly six years with no evidence of recurrent or metastatic disease. Just after Thanksgiving last year, he made a special trip...

January Newsmakers

Read here for a sample of some of the DCI physicians, physician-scientists, researchers and nurses whose work is featured in the media and academic journals this month. This list features Edward Patz, Jr., MD; Charles Gersbach, PhD; John Strickler, MD; Daniel George, MD; and many more.