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DCI Center for Prostate & Urologic Cancers 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.

For Virginia Man, The New Year Was Nothing To Toast

As a new year ushers in, so does a time of renewed hope and new beginnings. Instead of ringing in the new year as is customary, Curtis Garbett found himself during the waning hours of 2015 learning he had cancer. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” said Garbett. “I was only 39 years old; my...

Genetic Testing Inspires Pioneering Discovery

The Symons family has taken the famous song lyric “from sea to shining sea” to an entirely new level. Rather than simply traveling from state-to-state to see America, the family committed to literally running from coast-to-coast by competing in each of the 50 states. However, along the way they...

Duke Nurse Turned Cancer Survivor

Bethany Clements, 54, has been an oncology nurse at Duke Cancer Institute for the past 25 years. Clements dedicated her career to helping others battling cancer, but in May 2011 she found herself facing her own personal battle with cancer. During one evening work shift, Clements, in an ironic twist...

Research Oncology Team Turns The Tables On Obligatory Gift-Giving Tradition

What do you give to someone who has just about everything he or she needs? After years of giving what had become the “same ol’, same ol,’” the Genitourinary Research Oncology Team decided to add a twist to the annual obligatory tradition. Armed with a heart for others, the group wrapped up the...

International Traveler Seeks Out World-Class Care

Allen Spalt is a retired enviromentalist and loving husband, father and grandfather. He’s also the quintessential globe trotter. The 74-year-old Carrboro, North Carolina, resident has traveled to the glaciers of Norway, where he’s seen polar bears up close, and journeyed south to the volcanic...

Duke Abstracts Accepted For Presentation At 2018 GU ASCO Symposium

The Duke Prostate & Urologic Cancer Center has nine abstracts accepted for presentation at the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers (GU) Symposium of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) taking place Tuesday, Feb. 8 through Saturday, Feb. 10 in San Francisco, California. Held annually,...

Local Theater Professor Rewrites The Script On Cancer

William Shakespeare said it best when he penned “All the world’s a stage.” No doubt, no one knows this better than Johnny Alston, a 41-year theater professor at North Carolina Central University. Throughout the years he’s played many characters – sometimes the salty antagonist, other times the...

When Diagnosed, It Was Sink Or Swim For Military Vet

When Robert “Bob” List, 72, a retired colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps, was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer in June 2006, he immediately began to research the “enemy” threatening to take his life. For more than 26 years List’s sole focus was to lead his men in tactical planning. No less...

MoDukes Raise 36K For November

Growing mustaches in November is fun, but ask any MoDuke and he will tell you — the hairy endeavor benefits a serious mission to support men's health. For the past six years faculty and staff from Duke University and Duke Health have formed teams to support the Movember Foundation 's annual...

#MoDukes Shave Down; Ready For Hairy Movember

More than 20 MoDukes, supporters of the Movember Foundation and members of Team Duke Cancer Institute, signed on to shave-down on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Pedro Williams , located on Ninth Street in Durham, North Carolina. Every November Duke men are invited to team up with the Movember Foundation to...

#MoDukes Plan For A Hairy November

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...

Finding Comfort In A Cause

Some of Myles Owens IV’s fondest memories with his dad are on the family’s boat at Jordan Lake. When his dad passed away in 2015 after a hard- fought battle with prostate cancer, the family spread his ashes at the lake. “Originally doctors gave him 18 months, and he ended up making it eight years...

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