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We invite you to share your story to help raise awareness. If you have been or are being treated for cancer at Duke or if you are a caregiver, we'd like to know how cancer care, research or clinical trials at Duke has affected your life. Are you a donor? If so, please consider sharing you story. Tell us why you choose to team up with Duke Cancer Institute. For more information or to share your story, please contact Sara Wajda, Director of Annual Giving, DCI Development.

#MyDukeCancerStory: A Labor of Love

Melanie Bacheler, at 32, was a full-time pharmaceutical company sales representative, part-time gymnastics coach, and a new mom of a six-month-old when her mother Gail Parkins was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian epithelial cancer. By the time her cancer was discovered, it had already advanced...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Young Designer Reimagines Life After Cancer

In May 2015, Shannon Voelkel graduated with a business administration degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After graduation, she rented an apartment in the port city and started her “dream job” working for a well-known interior design firm A year-and-a-half later she would learn...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Lucky Seven 

Join the fight against sarcoma. Step out this Sunday, Sept. 9, for the 9th Annual Strike Out For Sarcoma 5K and Family Run . Bob Thomas, who was given a terminal metastatic cancer diagnosis nearly eight years ago, is not precisely sure exactly which cancer he survived. All that matters to him is...

#MyDukeCancerStory: A Life In Service To Others

Plenty busy with fishing, golfing and grandchildren, Jim Slaughter, a Duke retiree, doesn’t just volunteer because he has the time; he volunteers because, as they say, he has the heart. Diagnosed the day after Christmas 2013 with stage 4 small bowel cancer, Slaughter knows first-hand the challenges...

Spring 2018 Breakthroughs Message From The Director

Ten years, twelve years, even more than two decades. That is how long some of Duke Cancer Institute’s patients with prostate and other urologic cancers are liv­ing past their diagnoses, thanks to a new generation of therapies and our physician-scientists’ willing­ness to leave no avenue unpursued...

Stealing Time From Urologic Cancer

DAN GEORGE, MD, remem­bers one of the first times he helped someone live longer. He was treating a patient with metastatic kidney can­cer who enrolled in a clinical trial of a new drug and was one of the first people in the United States to receive it. “He could only tolerate the drug for about...

The Bladder Guy

BRANT INMAN, MD, MS , is skilled at the major sur­geries that no one wants to be unlucky enough to have. “I’m the guy who when you’ve got a tumor this big, you call to take it out,” says Inman, holding his hands up in the shape of a grapefruit. “Yesterday I removed two bladders and replaced them.”...

Personal Attention

Five years after surgery to treat prostate cancer, STEELE DEWEY of Charlotte, North Carolina, was told in 2010 that the cancer had spread, so he and his wife, Molly, decided to seek advice at an academic medical center. They looked at a lot of options but chose Dan George, MD, at Duke because a...

Testing Limits

Despite living with stage 4 kidney cancer, MARISHA HARGROVE of Henderson, North Carolina, still sings in her church choir and takes care of her two children, Paris, age 9, and Carson, age 6. “I know my limits,” says the soft-spoken 28-year old. “If I need to rest, I rest.” She also has the support...

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