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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.

When Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer, It Was Sink Or Swim For Military Vet

When Robert “Bob” List, 72, a retired colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps, was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer in June 2006, he immediately began to research the “enemy” threatening to take his life. His 26 years in the Marine Corps taught him how to accomplish a mission, deal with adversity...

Brain Tumor Survivor Saddles Up In Quest For Cure

Benjamin “Ben” Turits was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1984, when he was just 4 years old. Living with his family in Cooperstown, New York, Tutits’ surgical team was able to succesfully remove his tumor. “I am so fortunate,” he reflected. “I feel I am lucky because I haven’t had to deal with any...

Local Theater Professor Rewrites The Script On Cancer

William Shakespeare said it best when he penned “All the world’s a stage.” No doubt, no one knows this better than Johnny Alston, a 41-year theater professor at North Carolina Central University. Throughout the years he’s played many characters – sometimes the salty antagonist, other times the...

His Light Shines For Survivorship

Tim McKenna, 34, had just recently moved to Durham, North Carolina, when he scheduled an appointment for a routine physical. It was at that appointment that he mentioned to his primary care doctor that he “was lactating.” “My doctor ordered a mammogram,” remembered McKenna. “Although the results...

Making Strides Participants Color Grey Skies Pink

For a fourth year, Duke Cancer Institute teamed up with the American Cancer Society to serve as local presenting sponsor at the charity’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk held in Raleigh on Oct. 14. The Breast Cancer Awareness Month-event attracted more than 6,000 participants —...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Safe and Cared For Close to Home

When 18 years ago Leslie Gartenberg and her husband, Adam, decided to move from New Jersey to North Carolina, one of their criteria was finding a home near good healthcare. “We wanted to make a life here,” said Gartenberg. “We were young, just married, and we thought, if, God forbid, anything ever...

Onetime Grant Recipient Sheds Light On Financial Assistance Opportunities

Sylvia Foushee, 71, was due for an annual physical. It was early September 2016. A native of Bahama, North Carolina, Sylvia visited her Duke primary care physician. During an examination, her doctor felt a mass that appeared to be in or close to her stomach. Her blood test revealed her white blood...

On the Run For Lung Cancer

Since completing treatment for lung cancer nearly seven years ago, Bob Wienberry, 80, has been volunteering in the thoracic oncology clinic of Duke Cancer Center. On Tuesday mornings, you can find him there giving directions, pouring coffee, handing out snacks and lending a listening ear. “You meet...

Ringside View Into The Circle Of Life

Photos by Skip Bradley Lone Owl Images Jenny Norris, 35, was still reeling from a recent separation from her husband of 13 years when she received the staggering news that she had breast cancer. But if that wasn’t enough to navigate, she then, after genetic testing, learned she had Li-Fraumeni...

DCI's Brander Inspired By Her Patients, LLS, To Light The Night

Hematologic oncologist Danielle Brander, MD, has signed on as honorary team captain to lead Team Duke Cancer Institute at this year's The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Triangle Light the Night walk. She’s attended the walk for the last two years with her family, and has been talking up the walk...

Survivor Gets Jumpstart On Making Strides

The sky was clear. The sun was bright. And Angie Vega and her husband Dave Izquierdo were in high spirits. Right up near the stage at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, they were animated and sociable. Laughing, Angie posed for photos. She was decked out in a...

Young Survivor Rebounds From Bladder Cancer

Ever since he was a young boy growing up in Virginia, Anthony Willard, 30, has been a fan of Duke men's basketball. As a young man, he imagined he might one day make the 3.5-hour drive south to Durham, North Carolina, to catch a game. He never expected that instead he’d be traveling to Duke for...

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