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Grateful Patients

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...

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...

Choosing Preventive Double Mastectomy

With a long history of aggressive breast cancer in her family, Kesha Dozier of Raleigh decided, with her doctor's advice, to take matters into her own hands and undergo a preventive double mastectomy. "Taking preventive action makes me feel really confident," she said about her decision. Taking...

The Patient Who Changed Cancer

Peter Morrissette’s life was changed forever by cancer. The father of three who loved to play ice hockey and compete in triathlons lost a leg to sarcoma (soft tissue cancer). But Morrissette, of Cary, North Carolina, has also helped change cancer. He was one of 15 patients who were the first to...

Grateful For Life

On a February Monday night, Lori Elliott, her husband Daniel, and their two children celebrated the end of her active treatment for breast cancer. "We had a birthday cake, and my daughter kept singing happy birthday," Elliott says. "I tried to explain to her that it's not my birthday, but then I...

Thirteen Years and Counting

No one would say it’s a good thing to be diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor at age 30. But Sabrina Lewandowski insists it has changed her life for the better. "Having cancer that early in life made me rethink things," she says. "It has given me time to change myself as a person and live a...

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