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Young Survivor Rebounds From Bladder Cancer

Ever since he was a young boy growing up in Virginia, Anthony Willard, 30, has been a fan of Duke men's basketball. As a young man, he imagined he might one day make the 3.5-hour drive south to Durham, North Carolina, to catch a game. He never expected that instead he’d be traveling to Duke for...

Charging the Bull: Brain Tumor Survivor Never Surrenders

If 43-year-old Gabe Stewart were a matador, he would likely be a bull’s worst enemy. Just ask his wife of 19 years, Tera, or his two kids, a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son — they’ll testify to his stubborn refusal to be beaten, no matter what the odds. On May 3, 2010, Stewart was...

Therapy App Aims To Bust Stress

A cancer diagnosis can bring on feelings of anxiety, such as worry, fear, and sadness. For some, the feelings do not subside but worsen to affect daily life. When this happens a patient may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder usually associated with traumatic events...

Nationwide Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Shows Promise

When IBM IT architect Laura Elzie, 60, was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago by her long-time primary care physician she was momentarily stunned when she heard, “Some of us never know how we are going to leave this world, but at least you know.” For months she’d been told her pain...

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...

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-...

DCI Cancer Clinicians Tackle Financial Toxicity

Financial toxicity. Google it and you’ll find it’s the new catchphrase to describe the escalating costs of cancer care. The leading killer of patients under 85, the national expenditure on cancer is in the $200 billion range and overall patient spending on cancer treatment can easily reach tens of...

He Found a Home Away From Home

A recently retired electrician whose roots on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast date back five generations, Ken Baysden loves to take his boat out fishing around the cut banks of Bogue Sound. He grew up on the water and doesn’t like to be away for too long. But last summer a six-week series of...

They're Glad He Came

Duke Retiree-Turned-Cancer-Survivor Brings New Meaning to Service 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 three years ago with stage 4 small...

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