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Patient Stories | Joseph Dunn

Childhood Cancer Shaped His Future

When he was 11, Joseph Dunn was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. His initial treatment was chemotherapy and radiation. Over the years, the cancer that Dunn survived came to shape who he would become. Because of his interactions with medical staff, Dunn knew that he wanted to go into medicine. Dunn, 35, is now a nurse at Cincinnati Children's. He says this is his chance to give back to the hospital that helped him overcome cancer. He works on the Oncology Unit as a care manager. Dunn says that surviving cancer has allowed him to look at life from a different perspective and to appreciate all life has to offer. (Updated: November 2018)