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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.

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...

Farmer Remains True To His Roots During Cancer Treatment

As a child growing up in the 1950s, Ernest “Otto” Griffin, spent a great deal of time outdoors working on his family’s farm in Seven Springs, North Carolina. Those years sparked a love of agriculture in Griffin, who eventually became the head forester at Duke Forest. As famous forester Jack C...

Get In The Game. Know Your Scores.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. Moreover, men of African descent are 73 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men and are nearly 2.3 times...

Somarelli Awarded Prostate Cancer Research Funding

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute scientist Jason Somarelli, PhD, has been awarded a Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Idea Development Award — New Investigator, totaling $350,000, by the United States Department of Defense Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research...

Sound Waves Could Provide New Tool To Fight Cancer

Sound waves may become the next effective tool to help doctors diagnose cancer and develop more personalized diagnostics and treatments. A new study conducted by researchers from Duke University, MIT and Singapore's Nanyang Technological University shows that sound waves are capable of rapidly and...

Can Your Treatment Regimen Affect Your Cardiovascular Health?

Nestled in the woods of Duke Forest, you will find the Center for Living Campus at Duke University. It’s an early spring morning as Harry “Randy” Chambers arrives for his weekly exercise appointment. Once inside the building’s walls, Chambers begins to warms up with a brisk walk around the track. “...

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