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Patients Quit At Duke

Most smokers have tried to quit. They know it’s one of the best things they can do for their health. But ask any smoker — quitting isn’t easy. According to the American Cancer Society, the nicotine in tobacco is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and...

Finding A Way

On an unseasonably warm February night, Pam Kohl tells a group of 20 of her most important friends that she has just been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Her friends are members of the organizing committee for the May 2017 annual Triangle Race for the Cure, the largest fundraiser of the...

Personalized Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Equals Peace of Mind

Shanel Wilson-Poe, 43, knows that one-in-eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and she doesn’t want to be one of them. So, when her annual mammogram — her first ever mammogram — and a biopsy back home revealed abnormalities, she was concerned. Following the...

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...

For Testicular Cancer Survivor, Early Detection Was Key

After months of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, Eric and Katherine Hall were celebrating the news that she was pregnant with their first child. Eric Hall, a professor of exercise science at Elon University, and Katherine, a geriatrics researcher and assistant professor with the Duke...

Teacher, Melanoma Survivor, Thanks Her DCI “Dragonslayer”

Fourth grade teacher Tricia Gallagher was 43 when she felt something like a scab — smaller than a sunflower seed — on her head. She didn’t think much of it. “I thought it was a tick, because my boys and I hike,” said the energetic mother of two active teenagers. Her doctor in Winston Salem, North...

Houff Gears Up To Fuel Cancer Research

In February Quin Houff will live out a lifelong dream when he competes in the ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona International Speedway. His drive to win is two-fold. A first-place finish would be a dream come true; however, it’s his commitment to help fund a cure that keeps his eye on the prize...

Many Faces of Cancer, A Photo Essay

Two years ago, I began a journey to show some of the faces and voices of Duke Cancer Institute patients and survivors, to give hope and inspiration to those battling the disease. I photographed and interviewed 14 brave men, women, and children in their own environments doing what they love...

The Silver Lining in a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Like many women, Jean Costa found her breast cancer diagnosis to be the beginning of a journey. During Jean Costa's treatment at the Duke Cancer Center, she was grateful for the support she received from the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCSP). So grateful, in fact, that when she finished...

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