Duke Cancer Institute


The Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, research facility, and hospital.[1] Founded in 1971, the center is part of the Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University Health System located in Durham, North Carolina, United States.[2][3]

Duke Cancer Institute
LocationDurham, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates36°00′14″N 78°56′20″W / 36.003767°N 78.938812°W / 36.003767; -78.938812
Affiliated universityDuke University
ListsHospitals in North Carolina

The center specializes in the treatment and prevention of cancer and was ranked 41st in the U.S. News & World Report's 2021 list of top cancer hospitals.[4] More than 10,000 new cancer patients are seen at Duke each year.[5] The institutesinged the National Cancer Act of 1971 and became an NCI-designated cancer center in 1973.[6]

In November 2010, Victor Dzau, MD, chancellor of health affairs for Duke University, formally unveiled the Duke Cancer Institute, during the topping out ceremony for the new building.[7]

The DCI is a single entity—the first of its kind at Duke—that integrates and aligns patient care and basic and clinical research with the goals of improving patient outcomes, decreasing the burden of cancer and accelerating scientific progress.[8]

Michael B. Kastan, a cancer scientist and Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, was named as the first Executive Director of the Duke Cancer Institute in May 2011.[9] Eun-Sil Shelley Hwang became the institute's first female Chief of Breast Surgery.[10]

On February 27, 2012, the Duke Cancer Institute opened the Duke Cancer Center, a new seven-floor building devoted exclusively to cancer care.[11]

Clinical milestones Edit

In June 2018, the institute published a study in The New England Journal of Medicine showing how a genetically modified poliovirus therapy improved long-term survival for patients with recurrent glioblastoma.[12][13][14] Patients shoed a three-year survival rate of 21 percent.[15]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center". cancer.gov. National Cancer Institute. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  2. ^ "Cancer Services". Duke University Health System. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  3. ^ Thomas, Patrick (2022-04-14). "Cancer survivor highlight of Duke Cancer Institute 50th anniversary". spectrumlocalnews.com. Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  4. ^ "Best Cancer Hospitals". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  5. ^ "About - Duke Cancer Institute". Duke Cancer Institute. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  6. ^ "50 years of Duke cancer care". The Cancer Letter. 2022-07-08. Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  7. ^ "Public gets first official glimpse at Duke Cancer Center at topping-out ceremony". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
  8. ^ "Cancer Centers Program". National Cancer Institute. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  9. ^ "Kastan to Lead Duke Cancer Institute". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-07-05.
  10. ^ "First female chief of breast surgery at Duke named one of Time's 'Most Influential Americans'". apnews.com. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  11. ^ "OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW DUKE CANCER CENTER". today.duke.edu. February 14, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "Brain Cancer Gets the Polio Treatment". Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  13. ^ Desjardins, Annick; Matthias, Gromeier; Herndon, James E. (2018-07-12). "Recurrent Glioblastoma Treated with Recombinant Poliovirus". The New England Journal of Medicine.
  14. ^ Cohut, Maria (2020-02-01). "How a modified poliovirus may help fight brain cancer". www.medicalnewstoday.com. Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  15. ^ "Poliovirus Extends Survival for Patients With Glioblastoma in Early-Phase Trial". Cure Today. Retrieved 2023-02-13.

External links Edit

  • Duke Cancer Institute Records at Duke University Medical Center Archives