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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.

Employee Spotlight: Blair Thornburg

Meet Blair! This Roxboro, NC, native, born at Duke Regional Hospital, refers to herself as “just that old country girl” and spent her entire life in the Triangle area. She met her husband, Brooks, while in high school and after a first date to the Palace Point Movie Theater, the rest was history...

Adventurer Confronts Daunting Cancer Diagnosis

Ron Deranek, 68, loves the adrenaline a great hike brings to him, and he will travel anywhere in North Carolina to seek out the best mountain-top views. When he committed to hiking the Grandfather Trail at Grandfather Mountain, a 2.4-mile ridgetop stretch to Calloway Peak (better known as the “...

Polascik Receives Trent Fund Grant

Thomas J. Polascik, MD, received a Fall 2018 Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund grant for his work — “Image-guided multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging – transrectal ultrasound fusion biopsy: comparison of cancer detection rate and the changes in sexual function between 6...

Duke Hosts Urologic Assembly & Urologic Cancer Symposium

Duke Urology will host the 51st annual Leading Edge Urology: Duke Urologic Assembly & Urologic Cancer Symposium from March 28 — 31 in Orlando, Florida. This educational conference features lectures by Duke faculty and guest urologists, medical and radiation oncologists. “At Duke, we have...

Shave The Date

Things have been quite hairy around Duke University the month of November. Join the MoDukes as they wrap up #Movember on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. for the third annual “Bid Your Face Off” event at Fullsteam brewery. The event, which is a “Bid Your Face Off” auction gala, will feature creative...

DCI Launches Center for Prostate & Urologic Cancers

Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) officially launched the new DCI Center for Prostate & Urologic Cancers, a center of excellence supporting a growing multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research team. The DCI Center for Prostate & Urologic Cancers will be led by a multi-disciplinary...

#MoDukes Ready For Movember

It's the time of year when things get a little hairy. In recognition of Movember, the month otherwise known as November, men far and wide are growing mustaches to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. The Movember Foundation, an Australian-based organization that launched the...

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...

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