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Duke Prostate & Urologic Cancer Center 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 faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Jessica Hyland, Editor-In-Chief.

Cancer Survivor Takes Back Control

“We know you have cancer, but we can’t find it,” the doctors told William “Bill” Dillard during the early months of 2014. After five prostate cancer biopsies producing the same, inconclusive results and with his PSA level continuing to rise, Dillard’s urologist recommended he undergo an emerging...

New Prostate Cancer Prognostic Model For Enzalutamide

Researchers at the Duke Prostate & Urologic Cancer Center, led by genitourinary oncologist Andrew Armstrong, MD, have recently developed a novel nomogram, a prognostic model that measures overall survival for men with metastatic prostate cancer who were treated with enzalutamide, according to...

Tailgate To Tackle Cancer

The Prostate & Urologic Cancer Center recently announced its first annual Tackle Cancer Tailgate to be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, before the Duke vs UNC Football game. Each year, North Carolina’s two teams in different shades of blue battle it out on the football field to earn the right to...

#RunYourStory: Surviving The Marathon

Physician burnout is at its highest level in history. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Medicine, physician-reported burnout increased significantly from 45.5 percent in 2011 to 54.4 percent in 2014. These numbers are also significantly higher than that of the general workforce...

Over 150 Men Screened For Prostate Cancer

This year, over 150 men participated in the annual Men's Health Initiative. For the past two decades, the Office of Health Equity at Duke Cancer Institute in partnership with Lincoln Community Health Center has co-hosted MHI, an outreach event aimed at screening men, particularly African American...

The Relationship of the B7H3 Immune Checkpoint to Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Prostate cancer is known to be an immune evasive tumor, often coexisting with areas of inflammation in the primary site, but without over-expression of the traditional PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint, unlike many other cancer subtypes. While certain prostate cancer subsets like microsatellite high (...

Biden Cancer Community Summit Hosted At Duke Cancer Center

On Sept. 21, former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, MD, will host the National Biden Cancer Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit will focus on the patient’s journey — from prevention to a cancer diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship — and...

McNamara Receives PCF Young Investigator Award

Megan McNamara, MD, has been named one of 29 Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award recipients for 2018. McNamara is also one of only eleven PCF Young Investigator Awardees conducting research to improve prostate cancer outcomes in U.S. veterans. The award includes three years of...

Duke Researchers Awarded $ 1 Million For Prostate Cancer Research

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute scientists Steven Patierno, PhD; Daniel George, MD; Jennifer Freedman, PhD; Jiaoti Huang, MD, PhD and Amanda Hargrove, PhD have been awarded a Movember Foundation-Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award. The project includes a number of key co-...

Senter Named Administrative Director for Genitourinary Oncology Program

Brian Senter, MBA, was recently named administrative director for Duke Cancer Institute’s Genitourinary (GU) Oncology Program. In his new role, Senter will provide overall administrative leadership for the program as well as provide financial and analytical support for all of the DCI programs. “We...

Prostate Cancer Patient Stays In The Game

It’s an early Monday morning as Robert Dixon, 58, strolls into Duke Cancer Center. He greets the staff behind the information desk before heading over to the elevators, descending down a couple floors to clinic 00. Today is his first appointment with his radiation oncologist. A few months ago,...

Gingrich Appointed Chief of Urology at Durham VA

Jeffrey R. Gingrich, MD, has been appointed Chief of Urology at Durham Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. He will also accept faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery at Duke. After interim coverage by Cary Robertson, MD, he replaces Philip Walther, MD, as Durham Veterans Affairs Medical...

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