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#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...

Finding Comfort In A Cause

Some of Myles Owens IV’s fondest memories with his dad are on the family’s boat at Jordan Lake. When his dad passed away in 2015 after a hard- fought battle with prostate cancer, the family spread his ashes at the lake. “Originally doctors gave him 18 months, and he ended up making it eight years...

Escaping the Cancer Care Black Hole

People diagnosed with cancer enter a period of intense treatment at a cancer center, and it can seem to their primary care physicians that they have disappeared. The patient’s overall health can suffer as a result. Duke’s new Center for Onco-Primary Care aims to change that. At age 49, Stacey...

#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...

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...

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...

Therapy App Aims To Bust Stress

A cancer diagnosis can bring on feelings of anxiety, such as worry, fear, and sadness. For some, the feelings do not subside but worsen to affect daily life. When this happens a patient may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder usually associated with traumatic events...

Nationwide Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trial Shows Promise

When IBM IT architect Laura Elzie, 60, was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago by her long-time primary care physician she was momentarily stunned when she heard, “Some of us never know how we are going to leave this world, but at least you know.” For months she’d been told her pain...

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor Making Strides

Bonita Holliday-Guy was just kicking back watching TV one hot August night three years ago when she felt a small lump high up on her breast. She promptly had it checked out by her primary care physician who suspected a cyst and referred her for an ultrasound. A radiologist at Duke Raleigh Hospital...

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