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CANCER DANCER: La Jolla oncologist cuts rugs with her patient

CANCER DANCER: La Jolla oncologist cuts rugs with her patient

When most people age out of their childhood dreams, that’s it, they’re gone. But Dr. Irene May-Ling Hutchins hit upon a loophole. An oncology and hematology fellow at Scripps Green Hospital, she now ballroom-dances, just like she did before medical school, as a feature act at cancer fundraisers.

“For me, this has given a new life to my dancing,” says Hutchins, kicking back in the clifftop La Jolla home she shares with psychiatrist Arkady Bilenko and her cat, Romeow. “I put it on the shelf for so many years to pursue my education, and now I found a reason to get back on the dancefloor, and I think it’s so much of a better reason than because I’m doing a competition and I’m going to...

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