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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) 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 DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Victorious, Giving Back Seems Right For This Cancer Survivor

From cancer diagnosis, through treatment, recovery and survivorship, Ryan Switzer hasn’t stopped raising awareness and funds to ensure that others receive the same Duke quality cancer care that he and his family received Switzer was 37 in July 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 rectal cancer...

Screening Saves Biker from Dead End

Ronald Knowles, 68, remembers the day a new patient appointment with Duke Primary Care physician assistant Leanne Owens changed his life. Owens was going over his history, including his COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and asked him if he smoked and how much. He said he guessed two-to-...

Cancer Survivor Steps Out In Fight Against Blood Cancers

After graduating in May 2012 from North Carolina’s High Point University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, Sasha Zabavin moved to New York City for a promising internship with a large retail company. Six months later, on the Friday before Christmas, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin...

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor Making Strides

Bonita Holliday-Guy was just kicking back watching TV one hot August night three years ago when she felt a small lump high up on her breast. She promptly had it checked out by her primary care physician who suspected a cyst and referred her for an ultrasound. A radiologist at Duke Raleigh Hospital...

Thirteen-Year-Old Cancer Patient Strikes Back

After her check-up, Margaret Stoffregen, 13, looks at incoming texts while sitting outside Duke Cancer Center where she was treated for osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Margaret Stoffregen was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer occurring most often in...