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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 Elisabeth Wharton, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, DCI Development.

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.

#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...

#MyDukeCancerStory: Lucky Seven 

Join the fight against sarcoma. Step out this Sunday, Sept. 9, for the 9th Annual Strike Out For Sarcoma 5K and Family Run . Bob Thomas, who was given a terminal metastatic cancer diagnosis nearly eight years ago, is not precisely sure exactly which cancer he survived. All that matters to him is...

#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...

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...

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...

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...