Stacey Phipps and her daughter, Kerry, lit the virtual Tree of Hope at the Duke Cancer Patient Support Programʼs 31st annual Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony. The December 2021 virtual event kicked off Duke Cancer Instituteʼs celebration of the 50th anniversary of its designation as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
When Phipps was diagnosed with breast cancer in fall 2020, she went to several treatment centers for second and third opinions, but the personal treatment she received at Duke stood out.
“In some places I just felt like I was a patient, but at Duke I felt like I was a person,” she said. For instance, her Duke Raleigh oncologist, Vijay G. Paryani, MD, asked about her husband and daughter by name, and he asked about her career. “He was really interested in my life outside of cancer, and I could feel that,” Phipps said.