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DCI Center for Prostate & Urologic Cancers Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Jessica Hyland, Editor-In-Chief.

#MyDukeCancerStory: One Size Does Not Fit All

In 2004, Dennis Dunlow, now 47, experienced the moment that redefined his life: the birth of his triplets. Two years later, he experienced that thrilling moment all over again when his family welcomed their youngest son, making him a father of four. For Dunlow, his family has always been the...

Random Acts of Kindness Warm Veteran’s Heart

The dense jungles of Vietnam is where Thomas Johnson, 80, a retired United States Army soldier, learned his definition of survival. Throughout his 21-year career with the military, Johnson was deployed twice to Vietnam, in 1968 and 1970. During his combat service, he survived enemy ambushes,...

Bladder Cancer Survivor Is Grateful For Care, Support

For Red Springs, North Carolina, native Jackie Bounds, family has always been the most important part of his life. He and his wife, Martha, have been married for 34 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. Whether it was taking the annual family vacation or cheering his children on in...

Adventurer Confronts Daunting Cancer Diagnosis

Ron Deranek, 68, loves the adrenaline a great hike brings to him, and he will travel anywhere in North Carolina to seek out the best mountain-top views. When he committed to hiking the Grandfather Trail at Grandfather Mountain, a 2.4-mile ridgetop stretch to Calloway Peak (better known as the “...

Cancer Survivor Takes Back Control

“We know you have cancer, but we can’t find it,” the doctors told William “Bill” Dillard during the early months of 2014. After five prostate cancer biopsies producing the same, inconclusive results and with his PSA level continuing to rise, Dillard’s urologist recommended he undergo an emerging...

Prostate Cancer Patient Stays In The Game

It’s an early Monday morning as Robert Dixon, 58, strolls into Duke Cancer Center. He greets the staff behind the information desk before heading over to the elevators, descending down a couple floors to clinic 00. Today is his first appointment with his radiation oncologist. A few months ago,...

Farmer Remains True To His Roots During Cancer Treatment

As a child growing up in the 1950s, Ernest “Otto” Griffin, spent a great deal of time outdoors working on his family’s farm in Seven Springs, North Carolina. Those years sparked a love of agriculture in Griffin, who eventually became the head forester at Duke Forest. As famous forester Jack C...

Man Dedicates Life To Moving Research Further

The beeping monitor disrupts the stillness that fills Roger Bryant’s hospital room. Beth, his wife of 23 years, gently caresses his head as she shares stories of his life with the nurse adjusting his pain medication. Every now and then, Roger faintly smiles at something Beth mumbles, silently...

Cycle Coach Inspires Through Personal Cancer Ride

It’s Monday afternoon at the UNC Rex Wellness Center gym and cycling class participants begin to find their way into the bike saddles, readying themselves to push the pedals for the next 45 minutes. The lights dim as Rick Leavitt, 71, finishes lacing up his shoes to lead the ride ahead. It’s go-...

Our Journey with Prostate Cancer

I met Donald “Don” Ward in the spring of 1994 in a Sacred Harp singing group in Palo Alto, California. Over time, we struck up an acquaintance and started dating, and from our first date, we were perfect together. On our early outings, we hiked in the coastal hills between Palo Alto and the Pacific...

Gospel Singer Gives Hereditary Cancer Diagnosis A Different Tune

Every Sunday, you can find Marisha Hargrove, 28, at the front of her hometown church leading the congregation in worship with gospel songs. Marisha’s voice is strong and powerful as she belts out her favorite song “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow,” bringing churchgoers to its feet. The ballad’s lyrics...

For Virginia Man, The New Year Was Nothing To Toast

As a new year ushers in, so does a time of renewed hope and new beginnings. Instead of ringing in the new year as is customary, Curtis Garbett found himself during the waning hours of 2015 learning he had cancer. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” said Garbett. “I was only 39 years old; my...

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