Category Archive: Features

Mar 20

Brain Tumor Survivor Moms Are Angels Among Us

Behind every team photo and supportive hug at the annual Angels Among Us 5K and family fun run are stories of personal struggle and hope, love and new friendship. New teams form. Old ones dissolve. And some, persistent and resolute, stay in it for the long-haul. For a third year, two women, both of whom …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/brain-tumor-survivor-moms-are-angels-among-us/

Mar 14

Duke Researchers Reveal Genetic Causes of Rare, But Lethal HSTL

Led by a team from Duke, an international group of 56 researchers has found new mutations identifying potential treatments and new hope for patients with hepatosplenic T cell lymphoma (HSTL or HSCTL) — one of the deadliest cancers known. Through whole exome sequencing of 68 human tissue samples from more than 20 institutions, researchers were …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/duke-researchers-reveal-genetic-causes-of-rare-but-lethal-hstl/

Mar 10

Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Turned ABMT Nurse Awarded

At their annual meeting last month, the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) presented the “Blood Marrow & Transplant Clinical Trials Network Coordinator of the Year Award” to Matt Williamson, BSN, RN, a clinical research nurse coordinator for Duke Medical Center’s Adult Blood & Marrow Transplant Program (ABMT). A cancer survivor who …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/bone-marrow-transplant-patient-turned-abmt-nurse-awarded/

Mar 08

Enlisting A Dog In The Fight Against Cancer

For years, dogs have sniffed-out land mines, rescued earthquake victims, and guided the blind. Today our BFFs are teaming up with us to confront a shared formidable foe — cancer. America’s 83 million pet dogs share our environment, have similar genomes and develop spontaneous tumors much like we do. Researchers say opportunities for specialists in canine and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/enlisting-a-dog-in-the-fight-against-cancer/

Mar 08

New Tools In The Battle Against Bile Duct Cancer

Often by the time bile duct cancer is diagnosed, it’s already metastasized. Highly aggressive, bile duct cancer usually comes with limited treatment options and a poor prognosis. Because it’s a relatively rare cancer — only about 8,000 cases are diagnosed each year —  additional therapies have not been well-studied. But a team of nine researchers …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/new-tools-in-the-battle-against-bile-duct-cancer/

Mar 08

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer. He credits his wife with “nagging” him to see …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/victorious-giving-back-seems-right-for-this-cancer-survivor/

Feb 24

Faculty Spotlight: Dina Randazzo, DO

Dina Randazzo, DO, was 13 when she was told that her father had less than three months to live. This event inspired her to become a neuro-oncologist, both to help people with brain tumors and to provide compassion and honesty to patients and their loved ones. In this interview, Randazzo talks to us about how …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/faculty-spotlight-dina-randazzo-do/

Feb 21

Prostate Cancer Cells Grow with Malfunction of Cholesterol Control in Cells

Advanced prostate cancer and high blood cholesterol have long been known to be connected, but it has been a chicken-or-egg problem. Now a team led by researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute have identified a cellular process that cancer cells hijack to hoard cholesterol and fuel their growth. Identifying this process could inform the development of better …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/prostate-cancer-cells-grow-with-malfunction-of-cholesterol-control-in-cells/

Feb 20

Tackling Human Brain Tumors by First Growing Them in a Dish

Duke and UNC researchers receive CTSA Consortium Collaborative Pilot Award to develop a new way to study cancer For doctors and patients, the fight against cancer can be a lot like an exceedingly tricky version of the classic arcade game of whack-a-mole. You might beat back a tumor or part of a tumor, only to …

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Permanent link to this article: https://sites.duke.edu/dukecancerinstitute/tackling-human-brain-tumors-by-first-growing-them-in-a-dish/

Jan 30

Houff Gears Up To Fuel Breast Cancer Research

In February Quin Houff will live out a lifelong dream when he competes in the ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona International Speedway. His drive to win is two-fold. A first-place finish would be a dream come true; however, it’s his commitment to help fund a cure that keeps his eye on the prize. The …

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