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We invite you to share your story to help raise awareness. If you have been or are being treated for cancer at Duke or if you are a caregiver, we'd like to know how cancer care, research or clinical trials at Duke has affected your life. Are you a donor? If so, please consider sharing you story. Tell us why you choose to team up with Duke Cancer Institute. For more information or to share your story, please contact Sara Wajda, Director of Annual Giving, DCI Development.

A Community of Supporters

On Valentine’s Day 2009, Meg Lindenberger was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her treatment—a bilateral mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy—Duke surgeon Randall Scheri, MD, and his team ensured that Meg never endured nausea or missed a day of work at IBM. The day after her...

The Patient Who Changed Cancer

Peter Morrissette’s life was changed forever by cancer. The father of three who loved to play ice hockey and compete in triathlons lost a leg to sarcoma (soft tissue cancer). But Morrissette, of Cary, North Carolina, has also helped change cancer. He was one of 15 patients who were the first to...

Houff Family Outraces Cancer

Quin Houff (pronounced “howf”) of Weyers Cave, Virginia, fell in love with racing at age eight, driving go-karts with his dad, Zane. “Our family has a trucking business, and they say driving is in our blood,” Quin says. By age nine, Quin was racing mini-cup cars (half-size stock cars). “I’m just...

Fluorescence Lights Up Hidden Cancer

Surgery is a crucial weapon against cancer. But cancer can evade it. A surgeon may think all the tumor has been removed, only to find out from pathology reports that some was left behind. That can mean a second surgery for the patient. Or, if microscopic cancer cells aren’t found by pathologists,...

Duke Breast Cancer Expert Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Shelley Hwang, MD , chief of breast surgery at the Duke Cancer Institute, has been named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people for 2016 as a pioneer in her field. One of the world’s foremost experts in early-stage breast cancers, Hwang has become an international leader calling for research to...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Duke Cancer Institute physician Brent Hanks, MD, PhD, is studying patient tumors to reveal the genetic changes that happen when melanomas win a battle and become resistant to immunotherapy treatments. In the last couple of years, patients with advanced melanoma have gained an ally in their fight...

The Double Agent Drug

Ines Batinic-Haberle and colleagues developed BMX-001 based on a discovery in a Duke basic research lab. The drug will first be tested in patients with brain cancer and head and neck cancer in clinical trials at Duke in 2016. Duke Cancer Institute member Ines Batinic-Haberle, PhD, holds a vial of...

Vice President Biden Visits Duke As Part Of “Moonshot” Initiative

Invoking the aspirational spirit that put U.S. astronauts on the moon, Vice President Joe Biden visited Duke Health today as part of the national “moonshot” initiative he is leading to advance cancer research. With the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke University School of Medicine as a backdrop,...

Paul Modrich Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Duke Cancer Institute member Paul Modrich, PhD, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Modrich is also a James B. Duke professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Duke University School of Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He shares the prize with Aziz Sancar,...

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