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Grateful Patients

Creating Answers

Nancy Davenport-Ennis has survived cancer twice. One of her many strategies for thriving—look for ways to help others. That’s how, in 1996, Davenport-Ennis found herself in a 10 by 10 room in a warehouse with a rented desk and chair and a seven-year-old computer and printer. She had quit her job as...

Cancer Prevention: Making It Easy Like Sunday Morning

GILDA SUITER, 54, OF DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, struggled with gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as acid reflux, for several years. Two years ago, her doctor recommended that she take a urea breath test—a non-invasive diagnostic test to detect a common bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H...

Program For Young Adults With Cancer Gets A Boost

Teen and young adult cancer patients will receive expanded services at Duke, thanks to a $400,000 award from First Citizens Bank and Teen Cancer America. “Duke Cancer Institute, Teen Cancer America, and First Citizens Bank share a passion for helping teens and young adults facing cancer,” says...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Virginia Woman Speaks Out

Leigh Zagorski, 32, was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating high school, she entered the restaurant industry, starting out at 18 years old as a server and working her way up the ranks to management. While the money was good, benefits were most often nonexistent or cost...

Stopping A Stealth Disease

Survivors, family members, and researchers have been working together for more than a decade to detect ovarian cancer earlier and educate women about its signs.

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.

Fall 2018 Breakthroughs Message From The Director

At Duke Cancer Institute, inspired by the bravery of our patients, we don’t shrink from even the most daunting challenges. We tackle them head-on.

#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: 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...

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