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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.

Fighting Melanoma With Team Tom

It would be hard to find a more affable person than longtime Durham resident Tom Drew. Even as he is being treated for advanced melanoma, he is determined to find humor and make new friends.

Blurring the Racial Lines on Prostate Cancer

An increased survival benefit for black men with advanced prostate cancer and a stronger response to hormone therapy were the centerpieces of racial disparity studies presented by researchers from Duke’s Prostate & Urologic Cancer Center.

Susan Dent Joins DCI to Co-lead Cardio-Oncology

Susan Dent, MD, FRCPC, joined Duke Cancer Institute in September 2018 to co-lead Duke’s efforts in cardio-oncology—a discipline focused on the intersection of heart disease and cancer. She'll also serve as professor of medicine and associate director of breast cancer clinical research.

#MyDukeCancerStory: Family Ties

Katie Jantzi (née Yelenic) was just 9 years old, and her sister Megan Yelenic, 5, when their mother died 18 years ago of metastatic breast cancer. Katie remembers birthday parties, shopping trips, and most of all, listening to oldies and doo-wop music in her mother’s car. “I loved riding with her...

#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...

#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...

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