Duke Cancer Institute


If you are a cancer survivor who smokes, one of the best things you can do is to stop smoking. For many cancers, smoking leads to an increased rate of cancer recurrence. Smoking also leads to poor outcomes in surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation — all important cancer treatments.

Cancer survivors who smoke tend to have high-level nicotine dependence, high-level stress, low energy, and can have feelings of anxiety and depression. It is especially hard to quit smoking when faced with these challenges. Quit at Duke meets the specific challenges of cancer survivors who smoke.

When you come to Quit at Duke you will receive:

Comprehensive evaluation to determine which treatments will be most effective for you

Evidence-based medications — often combination medications or adaptive treatment

The option of several evidence-based behavioral treatments

Long-term phone-based “check-ups”

For information on Quit at Duke or to make an appointment please call 919-613-QUIT.

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Published on May 16, 2016

The FDA granted a new brain cancer treatment that uses the polio virus with "breakthrough status." This means clinical trials can move more quickly than usual. Scott Pelley and "60 Minutes" have been following the trials at Duke University for two years, tracking several of the study's participants. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" from Los Angeles to discuss what's next for the cancer breakthrough.


Donald McDonnell, PhD, Glaxo-Wellcome Professor of MCB and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke Cancer Institute, describes his research on a particular type of cholesterol that links obesity and breast cancer.

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Published on Oct 9, 2015

Lori Elliot, Raleigh, North Carolina, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2004. She received advanced care at Duke Cancer Center. Here, she shares her inspirational journey back to health and wellness. Duke Cancer Institute -- A ground-breaking model for patient care is fostered here. Learn more at www.dukehealth.org.
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Many thanks to filmmakers Will Anderson and David Gwynn.


Published on Jun 27, 2016

Can you imagine being a healthy triathlete one day and being told you’d lose your leg to cancer the next? That’s what happened to Peter Morrissette when he was diagnosed with sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. Thankfully, his doctor sent him to Duke Cancer Institute.

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Published on Feb 3, 2016

Land your CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer by stepping out with cancer survivor Erin Wood and Dr. Hurwitz on Saturday, March 19, for the 2016 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K & Family Fun Walk. The run and the walk begin and finish on Ninth Street in Durham. For more information or to register, visit dukeCRC.org.


Published on Dec 20, 2015

Steve Patierno, PhD, Deputy Director with Duke Cancer Institute, talks about community outreach focused on prevention and early detection. Should you or a loved one be diagnosed with cancer, we work to remove the barriers to Duke quality cancer care. For more information, visit the DCI Office of Health Equity and Disparity at http://www.dukecancerdisparities.org.


Published on Jun 25, 2014

Duke Cancer Institute targeting cancer through genetically engineered poliovirus.