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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.

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...

Scheri Named Director of Endocrine Neoplasia

Randall P. Scheri, MD, associate professor of Surgery and chief of Endocrine Surgery, has been appointed the director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Endocrine Neoplasia disease group. "In his new role as director of the Endocrine Neoplasia disease group, Dr. Scheri will help to expand the breadth of...

Home For Christmas

There was a chill in the late November air, but only warmth in Ashley Reaves Linden’s room in the cancer ward on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when Joe Newberry, one of Ashley’s favorite bluegrass musicians, stopped by to sing her an early Christmas carol. “Snow falls round the manger, love melts it away,...

Greater Exposure To Flame Retardants May Be Associated With Thyroid Cancer

Higher exposure to chemicals used to reduce the flammability of furniture, carpets, electronics and other household items appears to be associated with papillary thyroid cancer, according to study conducted by the Duke Cancer Institute and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University...

New Comprehensive Guide on Thyroid Nodules and Cancer

DCI surgeons Sanziana Roman, MD, and Julie Ann Sosa, MD, together with Carmen Solórzano, MD (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), have produced a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid nodules and cancer. The guide, titled "Management of Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer,"...

Miller Named Administrative Director

Nolan Miller , MHA, was recently named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Thoracic, Endocrine Neoplasia, and Head & Neck programs. In his new role, Miller will provide overall administrative leadership for the programs. This will include program development, space and...

New Lymph Node Dissection Guidance for Thyroid Cancer

A new study by Duke cancer researchers is providing the first-ever guidance for physicians and patients on what constitutes an adequate lymph node dissection, especially in cases of intermediate-risk papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). Cancer of the thyroid (a gland located at the base of the neck that...