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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.

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 “...

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...

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...

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 (...

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...

Man Dedicates Life To Moving Research Further

The beeping monitor disrupts the stillness that fills Roger Bryant’s hospital room. Beth, his wife of 23 years, gently caresses his head as she shares stories of his life with the nurse adjusting his pain medication. Every now and then, Roger faintly smiles at something Beth mumbles, silently...

Tests Identify When Advanced Prostate Cancer Therapies Would Benefit

Two blood tests can predict which subset of men with advanced prostate cancer will likely not benefit from anti-androgen therapies, providing doctors and patient added clarity on treatment options, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute . The blood tests, dubbed “liquid biopsies”, detect...

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...

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...

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,...

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