DCI 50th anniversary

DUKE CANCER INSTITUTE: Celebrating 50 Years of Life-Changing Care

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This year we are celebrating 50 years of outstanding research, breakthrough treatments, exceptional cancer care, and support services that focus on the whole person, not just their cancer.

Duke was one of the first National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S. and has maintained this designation for 50 years. Now ranked as the #1 cancer program in the Carolinas and beyond by U.S. News and World Report, Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) serves more than 66,000 patients from across the nation each year and receives over $115 million annually in cancer research funding.

Advanced Personalized Care

As a leader in patient-centered care, we bring together individuals' clinical teams and treatment resources in one convenient location. Our physicians, researchers, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, counselors, and other specialists work together to meet the needs of every patient.

Our digital health services are improving the patient experience. These innovations include 24/7 access to experts and information, a network of virtual options that provides more complete and equitable care for all, remote monitoring and symptom management, and the creation of an artificial intelligence platform to enhance on-demand services.

Discoveries that Lead to Advanced Treatments

Our experts are recognized leaders in cancer prevention and detection tactics, and new treatments that are less invasive, less toxic, more precise, and last longer. We have more than 350 clinical research studies currently enrolling participants. They give patients access to new, personalized treatments that ultimately, may result in an end to cancer.

Community Outreach, Health Equity

Our Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity program (COEE) addresses inequities in prevention and treatment. We partner with community organizations to offer free-of-charge prevention and screening programs, educational webinars, and outreach events. In addition, our personalized care approach ensures our discoveries, clinical trials, and advanced therapies benefit people of all backgrounds.

Educating the Next Generation of Health Professionals

DCI is fully integrated with the Duke University School of Medicine. Through our graduate and residency programs, we are equipping the next generation of health care professionals to handle the challenges of cancer research and clinical care.  Our “patient first” school of medicine curriculum puts students in the clinic earlier and trains them in social determinants of health, data science, and leadership. 

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