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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.

Team Easy Riders: Committed To Changing The Course Of Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that in 2018 there will be 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed — 58,690 of those in North Carolina. In keeping with its mission to...

Random Acts of Kindness Warm Veteran’s Heart

The dense jungles of Vietnam is where Thomas Johnson, 80, a retired United States Army soldier, learned his definition of survival. Throughout his 21-year career with the military, Johnson was deployed twice to Vietnam, in 1968 and 1970. During his combat service, he survived enemy ambushes,...

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...

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...

Black Patients Show Stronger Response to Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

African-American men with advanced prostate cancer might be more responsive than white men to an anti-androgen drug and steroids, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. While median survival was similar for both black and white participants in the study, the findings...

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...

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...

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...

Biscuit Showdown Raises Record $15,625

The Big Biscuit Showdown, featuring 13 teams of chefs from Rise Biscuits & Donuts, was held Thursday, July 27, at The Rickhouse in Durham. The benefit event, which paired original biscuit fare with local brews, raised funds to benefit Give 1 For Dad, a Durham-based charity supporting a clinical...

A New Generation of Therapies for Prostate Cancer

Dan George, M.D., is a medical oncologist and director of Duke Cancer Institute Genitourinary Oncology. He and his colleagues at Duke are continually working to offer better treatment options to men with prostate cancer. What is the outlook for men with prostate cancer? Today we are able to help...