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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Locks of Love

Leslie Love, 59, has been volunteering with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program for more than 11 years now, assisting patients in the chemo room at the Morris Cancer Clinic. She never thought that she would flip to the other side. But in November 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer...

Bolstered By Her Faith, DCI Nurse Readies For Mission Trip

Even after 23 years of nursing Heather Ebron knows caring for others is more than just a job. For her it’s a zealous pursuit extending beyond the walls of Duke Cancer Center — in fact, perhaps even to the outer ends of the earth. Heather Ebron, RN, BSN, OCN, a clinical nurse II, DCI Triage, will...

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...

CRUSH Raises Record $100,000

The 2017 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk , held March 25 in Downtown Durham, attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised a record $102,273 and counting — breaking last year’s record of around $70,000. Organized annually by the Duke Cancer Institute Multidisciplinary Gastrointestinal...

Brain Tumor Survivor Moms Are Angels Among Us

Behind every team photo and supportive hug at the annual Angels Among Us 5K and family fun run are stories of personal struggle and hope, love and new friendship. New teams form. Old ones dissolve. And some, persistent and resolute, stay in it for the long-haul. For a third year, two women, both of...

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...

Houff Gears Up To Fuel Cancer Research

Quin Houff is gearing up to live out a lifelong dream when he competes later this month 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, but it’s his commitment to help fund a cure that keeps his eye on...

Dream Vacation Turns Nightmare For Virginia Couple

Celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary, in May 2016 Greg Ryan and his wife, Terry, took off for a dream vacation to Kauai, a Hawaiian island boasting a tropical rainforest, towering cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls. While travel guides promised the legends of the Na Pali Coast would transport...

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...

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...

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...

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-...

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