Survivor Stories

Read about the treatment experiences of pancreatic cancer survivors, including what worked, the doctors or facilities they worked with, and more.

290 Articles

long-term survivor Paul Suntup
Survivor Stories
February 21, 2024 • 1 Min

Proud to be Living with Pancreatic Cancer

Paul Suntup is a long-term survivor living with recurring pancreatic cancer. He tells other patients that they too can survive this disease.

Pancreatic cancer patient Lalenya Robertson and her husband
Survivor Stories
February 20, 2024 • 3 Min

A Life-Changing Diagnosis: My PNET

Lalenya Robertson’s stomach problems were a mystery until she mentioned family members’ pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. Diagnosis: PNET.

pancreatic cancer patient Daniel Miller
Survivor Stories
February 6, 2024 • 2 Min

I Wanted Immunotherapy!

When Daniel Miller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer he knew he didn’t want chemotherapy—he wanted immunotherapy!

Joe Pearson and his family
Survivor Stories
January 24, 2024 • 4 Min

Don’t Give Up

Joe Pearson responded so well to chemotherapy that even with a stage III tumor near a blood vessel he was able to have Whipple surgery.

long-term survivor Davi D'Agostino
Survivor Stories
January 19, 2024 • 1 Min

Steely Strength to Keep Going

Long-term survivor Davi D’Agostino discovered she carries the BRCA2 mutation, which changed her treatment plan to targeted therapy.

pancreatic cancer survivor Dave Paffenroth and wife Wendy
Survivor Stories
January 10, 2024 • 8 Min

Always Insist On More

Dave Paffenroth’s wife Wendy was an extraordinary caregiver, coordinating treatments and family support during pancreatic cancer treatment.

Acinar cell pancreatic cancer patient Paul Suntup
Survivor Stories
December 27, 2023 • 7 Min

A Long Journey That Began With Pancreatitis

Paul Suntup’s diagnosis of acinar cell pancreatic cancer was just the start of a long treatment journey, but he’s still here.

Anthony Del Russo, long-term pancreatic cancer survivor
Survivor Stories
December 20, 2023 • 1 Min

Let’s Win Pancreatic Cancer Survivors Series—Year Seven

Our Survivors Video Series is entering Year Seven with even more inspiring stories of taking on pancreatic cancer and life.

Lynn Perkins
Survivor Stories
December 8, 2023 • 2 Min

Being Aggressive Paid Off

Lynn Perkins was only 42 when she was diagnosed with stage I pancreatic cancer, so she wanted aggressive treatment. That was in 2004!

long-term survivor Sheriff Errol Toulon and his son
Survivor Stories
November 30, 2023 • 1 Min

Appreciation for Humanity

Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr., is an example of resiliency, as a long-term survivor of pancreatic cancer and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Podcast host and primary care physician Dr. Jon Hallberg
Disease Management
November 27, 2023 • 3 Min

Reaching Primary Care Providers Through Podcasts

Dr. Jon Hallberg leads a series on early detection of pancreatic cancer as part of his mission to reach providers through podcasts.

Pancreatic cancer patient Joseph Mele
Survivor Stories
November 15, 2023 • 2 Min

A Long Slog to Diagnosis, A Quick Sprint to Surgery

Joseph Mele suffered through a year of mysterious GI symptoms until he was finally diagnosed with stage II pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Kay Zedd Kesser
Survivor Stories
November 2, 2023 • 8 Min

A Family Tree Bent but Not Broken by Pancreatic Cancer

When Kay Zedd Kesser looks around her family tree, she sees pancreatic cancer everywhere. But screening saved Kay’s life.

Long term pancreatic cancer survivor Julie Lopp and her family
Survivor Stories
October 26, 2023 • 1 Min

Leave No Stone Unturned

Long-term survivor Julie Lopp was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she told her friends that all she wanted was more of every single day.

pancreatic cancer patient Connie Harrington and her husband
Survivor Stories
October 20, 2023 • 4 Min

A New Radiation Therapy Helped Me Beat Cancer

Connie Harrington’s tumor was wrapped around an artery, eliminating surgery. After chemo, her oncologist steered her to MRI-guided radiation, which has made all the difference.

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