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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.

Smell Receptor Fuels Prostate Cancer Progression

When scientists first described the receptors responsible for our sense of smell, they naturally assumed that these chemical sensors resided exclusively in the lining of our noses. But then olfactory receptors started turning up in the strangest places -- the lungs, liver, skin, heart, testes and...

Our Journey with Prostate Cancer

I met Donald “Don” Ward in the spring of 1994 in a Sacred Harp singing group in Palo Alto, California. Over time, we struck up an acquaintance and started dating, and from our first date, we were perfect together. On our early outings, we hiked in the coastal hills between Palo Alto and the Pacific...

Bone Scan Software Accurately Calculates Prognosis of Advanced Prostate Cancer

A software tool to automatically calculate how extensively bones have been infiltrated by prostate cancer is both accurate and speedy, capturing key prognostic information related to survival and the development of symptoms over time. The software, called the automated bone scan index, was tested...

Utah Cancer Expert Named Chair Of Department of Medicine

Kathleen Cooney, MD, a medical oncologist and internationally known physician scientist, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Cooney joins Duke from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she is the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential...

New Advances in Overcoming Prostate Cancer Disparities

African American men are nearly two times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men and nearly three times more likely to die from the disease. In North Carolina, the rate of prostate cancer-related deaths among African Americans is higher than the national average. Researchers at the...

Free Prostate Cancer Screening (9.8 and 9.9.18)

Men between the ages of 45‐75 who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer, are invited to come and get a free onsite prostate cancer screening; including prostate specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE), at the locations and times listed below. Free blood pressure exams,...

Gospel Singer Gives Hereditary Cancer Diagnosis A Different Tune

Every Sunday, you can find Marisha Hargrove, 28, at the front of her hometown church leading the congregation in worship with gospel songs. Marisha’s voice is strong and powerful as she belts out her favorite song “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow,” bringing churchgoers to its feet. The ballad’s lyrics...

Aptamers May Form New, Safer Chemotherapy Delivery Systems

Using chemotherapy along with aptamers—lab-made molecules that function like antibodies—Duke Health researchers showed that they can zero in on and kill prostate cancer tumors in mice while leaving healthy tissue unscathed. The finding suggests that aptamers could form the basis of new cancer...

IRONMAN Enrolling Prostate Cancer Patients

The International Registry for Men with Advanced Prostate (IRONMAN), the first international clinical trial registry for prostate cancer, is open for enrollment. The registry aims to enroll 5,000 patients over the next three years at several institutions worldwide, including 2,500 from the United...

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...

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