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Grateful Patients

#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...

Testing Limits

Despite living with stage 4 kidney cancer, MARISHA HARGROVE of Henderson, North Carolina, still sings in her church choir and takes care of her two children, Paris, age 9, and Carson, age 6. “I know my limits,” says the soft-spoken 28-year old. “If I need to rest, I rest.” She also has the support...

Personal Attention

Five years after surgery to treat prostate cancer, STEELE DEWEY of Charlotte, North Carolina, was told in 2010 that the cancer had spread, so he and his wife, Molly, decided to seek advice at an academic medical center. They looked at a lot of options but chose Dan George, MD, at Duke because a...

Stealing Time From Urologic Cancer

DAN GEORGE, MD, remem­bers one of the first times he helped someone live longer. He was treating a patient with metastatic kidney can­cer who enrolled in a clinical trial of a new drug and was one of the first people in the United States to receive it. “He could only tolerate the drug for about...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Melanoma Survivor Thanks Her Dragonslayer

One spring day five years ago, fourth grade teacher Tricia Gallagher felt something like a scab — smaller than a sunflower seed — on her head. She didn’t think much of it. “I thought it was a tick, because my boys and I hike,” said the energetic mother of two active teenagers, “but I had my doctor...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Devoted Mother Creates Meaning From Mourning

We all hope our lives will count—that in some way we will make an indelible mark within our circles, our society and, perhaps, even beyond. But what happens when a promising young life is snuffed out much too soon? For Mary Woodall the unimaginable loss of her son, Christopher "Chris" Cash, at just...

#MyDukeCancerStory: A Fellow Traveler

In December two years ago, heating-and-air-conditioning repairman Jack Walker decided to stop for gas on his way to a Rotary Club meeting. The decision may have saved his life. Tina Escalona, a 51-year-old healthcare marketer, was staring up at the sky, nozzle in hand, when Walker first approached...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Woman of Steel

Roshanda “Wyndi” Smith, who runs a stainless-steel jewelry business, is living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer — staying strong in spirit, even on her weakest days. She said she’s “realistic” about her future, having gone through “the five stages of grief” after she first learned, seven years...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Life After Loss Lands Cancer Activist Sunny-Side Up

Bob Norris was 70 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer 14 years ago. A smoker since serving in the U.S. Army in the ‘50s, he quit as soon as he got the news. Feeling lucky to be alive after surgery and chemotherapy, he gently, “without nagging,” implored his beloved wife, Bonnie, and...

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