DCI-Led Clinical Trial Leads to FDA Approval of Novel Cord Blood Therapy, Expands Stem Cell Transplant Options
On April 17 the FDA approved omidubicel, a new and potentially life-saving stem cell treatment option for adult and pediatric patients (12 years old and up) with certain high-risk blood cancers.
Its approval was backed by promising results from an international phase 3 clinical trial led by Mitchell Horwitz, MD, director, Duke Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. READ
Cancer Takes its Toll on St. Pauls Woman,
but Can’t Steal Her Joy for Life
Eleanor Scott Bell, 79, was born and raised in Lumberton, the capital of Robeson County in North Carolina.
One of her earliest memories is of picking tobacco to supplement the family income. They were a family of nine with a large extended family — part of the Lumbee Tribe of NC, "People of the Dark Water."
“My daddy was in construction. He did brickwork, but he let us work with the local farmers. I started when I was probably 9 years old standing up on a cinder block handing tobacco to my momma,” she said.
Her first full-time job, once she turned 18, was at a local linen supply company. She began working for Temptation Hosiery Mills in Lumberton — maker of L’eggs pantyhose and other Hanes products — after it opened in 1974. READ
LISTEN: Brain Tumor Survivor Sandra Hillburn on the Treatment that Saved Her Life
17 years ago, Sandra Hillburn was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme. She was told she had two or three months to live by a doctor in New York. The family heard through a friend that doctors at DCI were developing new treatments. And the rest, as they say, is history. READ
D'Amico Honored by the Triangle Business Journal with "Surgeon of the Year"
Chief of Thoracic Surgery Thomas D'Amico, MD, is interviewed about why he chose his career, his daily motivations, the most influential people in his professional life, and how his work impacts the healthcare of the community. READ
Gyn-Onc Surgeon Emma Rossi, MD, Joins Duke
Bringing surgical expertise, technological know-how and a bold vision for the future of robotic surgery, renowned gynecologic cancer surgeon Emma Rossi, MD, is now serving patients at Duke Cancer Centers in Raleigh and Durham. Rossi was an early adopter of robotic technology. “I saw that robotic surgery had the potential to change the way I practice surgical care for the better,” she says. “It allows me to perform more complicated procedures minimally invasively than I otherwise could have.” READ
Work Lessons from Duke Surgeons
Three DCI surgeons — including thoracic surgeon Betty Tong, MD, sarcoma and GI surgeon Trey Blazer, MD, and breast surgeon Laura Rosenberger, MD — shared lessons learned from their work and insights for success in this Working at Duke feature. READ
DCI Launches Cancer Health Disparities & Equity Lecture Series
The series is a collaboration between DCI’s Disparities SPORE (National Cancer Institute-designated Specialized Program of Research Excellence) and DCI’s Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity (COEE) Program. The inaugural event, held on March 28, featured Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH, associate director for Community Outreach and Engagement, USC Keck School of Medicine & Norris Compre-hensive Cancer Center. READ
Enhanced Recovery Shortens Hospital Stays, Improves Patient Outcomes
A set of medical guidelines called enhanced recovery after surgery puts patient comfort and safety first — before, during, and after surgery. Since Julie Thacker, MD, a colorectal surgical oncologist, pioneered enhanced recovery at Duke in 2008, it has expanded from one surgical specialty to 12 and is standard practice in hospitals across the U.S. READ
Rapid Advances Shake Up Treatment Considerations in ALL, CML, AML (OncLive)
Features Harry Erba, MD, PhD
Back to An Active Life After CAR T-Cell Therapy for Leukemia (Duke Health Blog)
Features Carlos M. De Castro III, MD, and Ahmed Galal, MD
Patient Profile: A 35-Year-Old Woman with Chronic GVHD (Targeted Oncology)
Features Nelson Chao, MD, MBA
WATCH: Navigating Goals-of-Care Conversations in Gynecologic Oncology (Consultant 360/SGO)
Features Brittany Davidson, MD, at the SGO Meeting
WATCH: Angelo Moore, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Discusses the Importance of Communication at the "A Better Wake DEI Blueprint Town Hall" (Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Twitter)
DCI GU Nurse Sarah Yenser Wood, RN, MSN, ANP, AOCNP, leads a panel discussion about managing toxicities in Kidney Cancer (Oncology Nursing News)
WATCH: Dean Klotman sat down with Julius Wilder, MD, PhD, to discuss the rising rate of colon cancer in young adults
WATCH: Duke Health/DCI Releases PSA on Lung Cancer Screening (Duke Health)
Features Hilary Crittenden, MSN
Ashley: Evidence of Brain Tumor "Seed Cells" During Fetal Development
By studying human fetal atlases and brain tumor tissue, a team led by David Ashley, MD, found evidence of a "seed cell" that initiates glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) — a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumor.
"This implies that the earliest steps in forming a glioblastoma are occurring when patients are a still-developing fetus," Ashley said. READ
Gregory Among Those Honored for Breast Cancer Gene Discovery
DCI neurogenomicist Simon Gregory, PhD, was among 40 researchers recently honored for their role in the discovery of the BRCA2 mutation 25 years ago; a discovery that revolutionized cancer research and screening in breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. “It isn’t something I speak of often, but it's one of my most proud achievements. It was the first time I appreciated the impact of my research on people’s lives,” says Gregory. He was a PhD student at the time. READ
In the photo above, Simon Gregory, PhD, points to a plaque placed this year at the laboratories of The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the BRCA2 mutation.
New Prognostic Staging System for De Novo Metastatic Breast Cancer
In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Jennifer K. Plichta, MD, MS, director of the Duke Breast Risk Assessment Clinic, and colleagues formulated a novel prognostic staging system for de novo metastatic breast cancer.
The staging model was assessed in two validation cohorts — from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry and the National Cancer Database. The research was funded by NCI/NIH. READ
Trudy Oliver Tracks a Deadly, Shapeshifting Tumor
Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology Trudy Oliver, PhD, investigates small cell lung cancer, which is almost always linked to cigarette smoking. "Some people think 'Oh, you smoked. You got what you deserved.’ Why do we need to put money into this?’” she said. Whatever you think about that statement, Oliver’s work suggests that it doesn’t matter. READ
"From Bench to Bedside to Curbside and Back: Addressing Rare Cancer Health Disparities focusing on IBC"
Gayathri Devi, PhD, program director for the Duke Consortium for Inflammatory Breast Cancer presented at the 2023 Association for Clinical and Translational Science Annual Meeting. WATCH
ICYMI: Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD, MHSc, Installed as New President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (DCI Blog)
Whole-Slide Cytometric Feature Mapping for Distinguishing Tumor Genomic Subtypes in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Whole-Slide Images (Am J Pathol)
Features Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD, and Tammara Watts, MD, PhD
The Affordable Care Act and suicide incidence among adults with cancer (J Cancer Surviv)
Features Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, BDS, MPH, PhD; David Brizel, MD; Junzo Chino, MD; and Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD
A research team airs the messy truth about AI in medicine — and gives hospitals a guide to fix it (STAT News)
(strictly academic or clinical)
(general public welcome)
MAY 3 (virtual 12p to 1p): Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention presented by SAICEP & featuring Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine College of Medicine, University of Arizona
*CE Credit Available
LEARN MORE & REGISTER
MAY 6 (8:30a.m. to 10 a.m.) (in-person): Komen Triangle Race for the Cure Presented by Duke Cancer Institute
LOCATION: The Boxyard RTP/Research Triangle Park
**JOIN TEAM DCI or one of DCI's subteams:
Check Them Out!
Duke Breast Surgery: Cut It Out
The Dubble Bubbles
Duke Breast Imaging Pink Ribbon Runners
Clinic 2-2 Boob Crew
MAY 13 (12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) (in-person): LLS Presents: "Mind Yourself! Using Mindfulness to Manage Symptoms of Cancer Treatment, featuring Hannah Fisher, PhD
LOCATION: Harris Conference Center, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Charlotte, NC
MAY 19 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) (in-person & via Zoom): Hilliard Seigler Duke Melanoma Consortium The annual melanoma consortium will host providers, researchers, patients and supporters for a day of education.
LOCATION: Searle Conference Center
LEARN MORE & REGISTER
MAY 20 (in-person): V Foundation Victory Ride cycling fundraiser
REGISTER for TEAM DCI
LOCATION: Knightdale Station Park
MAY 22 (in-person): Strike Out FORE Sarcoma Golf Tournament Fundraiser benefiting Duke Sarcoma Center
LOCATION: Club at 12 Oaks, Holly Springs,
*The course will include 18 holes of golf, as well as a scramble-style foursome tournament, and fun on-course games for exciting prizes. Learn more
JUNE 3 & JUNE 4 (in-person): DCI COEE Men's Health Screening
LOCATIONS: Lincoln Community Health Center and Duke Primary Care Croasdaile
*Find details in blue block below
JUNE 6, 7, 8 (in-person & via Zoom): Survivorship Day
LOCATIONS: Duke Cancer Center North Durham (Duke Regional), Duke Cancer Center Durham, Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh
*Find details in purple block below
Meet Us for Men's Health Screening (JUNE 3 & 4)
The annual DCI COEE Men's Health Screening event will be held in person on June 3 and June 4. DCI Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity (COEE) team members, including patient navigators, will work with Duke and DCI clinicians and staff to provide on-site cancer screenings & health checks, including PSA screening, colon cancer screening, blood pressure checks, diabetes risk assessment, tobacco cessation counseling, skin cancer screening, and nutrition counseling.
Collaborators include Duke Urology, Duke Gastroenterology, Duke Outpatient Phlebotomy, Duke Endocrinology and Metabolism, Duke Dermatology, and the Durham County Department of Public Health.
Site sponsors include Lincoln Community Health Center and Duke Pimary Care Croasdaile.
June 3 | 8 a.m. to Noon
Lincoln Community Health Center
1301 Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27707
June 4 | Noon to 4 p.m.
Duke Primary Care Croasdaile
1821 Hillandale Rd
Durham, NC 27705
No appointment necessary!
VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME !
Sign up for Lincoln Community Health Center :: Sign up for Duke Primary Care Croasdaile
See You at Survivorship Day
(JUNE 6, 7, & 8)
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Survivorship Day is back in-person! Four DCI locations will share education, resources, and strategies to help improve health and wellness. There will also be a full day of virtual events for those who can't attend in person, including an expert panel. Details below.
Duke Cancer Center North Durham (Duke Regional)
June 6, Noon to 2 p.m.
Duke Cancer Center Durham
June 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Duke Raleigh Cancer Center
June 8, Noon to 3 p.m.
Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh
June 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June 7, 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
(yoga, tai chi, and interactive sessions on emotional health, physical health, sound healing, and more)
VIEW SCHEDULE & REGISTER
June 7, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Cancer Survivorship Panel:
"Looking Toward the Future"
including Q & A
Kevin Oeffinger, MD
Director, DCI Supportive Care & Survivorship Center and DCI Center for Onco-Primary Care, Family Physician
Mustafa Khasraw, MD, FRCP, FRACP
Professor of Neurosurgery, Deputy Director of the Center for Cancer Immunotherapy
Andrew Berchuck, MD
Co-Director of Duke Clinical Cancer Genetics, James M. Ingram Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Ranee Chatterjee, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine Physician
Nicole Larrier, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncologist
Cheyenne Corbett, PhD
Co-Director, DCI Supportive Care & Survivorship Center and DCI Center for Onco-Primary Care
Women's Health Awareness Event:
That's a Wrap
Dalia Antunez, MSW, LCSWA, (bilingual community-facing patient navigator, DCI COEE) and DCI program coordinator Tahmeko McDonald welcomed guests to the cancer screening room for colon, skin, lung, and oral cancer screenings and education; smoking cessation counseling information; and patient navigation services. More than 80 people individuals participated in the screenings.
DCI breast cancer providers Kathy Trotter, DNP; Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH; Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS; and Connie Kim, MD; volunteered at the WHA (Women's Health Awareness) conference held on the NCCU campus in Durham. Joan Packenham, PhD, (center) is WHA founder & director of OHRCE at the NIEHS, which was the event's lead sponsor.
Akiko Chiba, MD (left), shared this photo of a DCI breast education station set up at WHA. MORE PHOTOS
The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center "Angels Among Us" Event Turned 30, Raised $2.4 Million for Brain Tumor Research
DCI H & N Team Delivered Free Screenings & Shared Resources at Mudcats and Bulls Games
Medical students Melissa White and Sydney Record with the Carolina Mudcat mascot.
Head & Neck Surgeon Trinitia Cannon, MD (above) threw out the first pitch at the Mudcats game.
Duke GI Team Raised Nearly Double Their Goal at PanCAN
The "Duke Pancreas Protestors" team, captained by gastro-enterologist Darshan Kothari, MD, raised $3,535, at the PanCAN PurpleStride fundraiser to benefit PanCAN’s resources and free support for patients. The event was held April 29 at NC State University. MORE PHOTOS
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