Survivor Stories

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

300 Articles

Pancreatic cancer survivor Kim Bate and his wife
Survivor Stories
May 20, 2024 • 4 Min

The Sound of Hope

Kim Bate has a long family history of pancreatic cancer, losing his sister and twin brother to it. Then he received the same diagnosis.

Long-term survivor Abby Pezzulo and her family
Survivor Stories
May 9, 2024 • 1 Min

Better Than Ever

Long-term survivor Abby Pezzulo’s children very young when she was diagnosed with PNET, so she focused on them and her husband to get through.

Pancreatic cancer patient Deanna Burney
Survivor Stories
May 7, 2024 • 5 Min

Leaning into the Fight: My Battle with Pancreatic Cancer

Despite an extensive family history of pancreatic cancer, Deanna Burney’s doctors did not keep a close eye on her pancreatic cyst.

Monsita Botwick, long-term pancreatic cancer survivor
Survivor Stories
April 25, 2024 • 1 Min

How Far I’ve Come

After Whipple surgery, chemo, and another emergency, long-term survivor Monsita Botwick needed help from a therapist to continue treatment.

Survivor Stories
April 24, 2024 • 4 Min

Don’t Throw In the Towel

Ashley Coker was dealt a double blow–pancreatic cancer and not qualifying for surgery. She did her research and ended up having a pancreatectomy.

Pancreatic cancer patient Greg Jacobson and family
Survivor Stories
April 11, 2024 • 5 Min

Genetic Testing Changed My Chemo Protocol

Greg Jacobson’s family has an extensive history of cancer. After a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, genetic testing found the mutation for Lynch syndrome.

Maryanne Winchester
Survivor Stories
March 28, 2024 • 5 Min

Faith, Hope, and Perseverance

Maryanne Winchester credits faith, hope, and perseverance for getting her through three types of chemotherapy, radioembolization and a pancreatectomy.

long-term survivor Doron Broman
Survivor Stories
March 26, 2024 • 1 Min

I Want to Live!

Every day long-term survivor of pancreatic cancer Doron Bromon sends an important message to the world: I Want to Live!

Pancreatic cancer patient Matthew Rosenblum, his partner Natalie, and their dog Monique
Survivor Stories
March 15, 2024 • 4 Min

Sometimes Things Get Worse Before They Get Better

Matthew Rosenblum thought his time was limited after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis at age 32, but he’s a BRCA2 carrier, which opened treatment options.

Janice Canfield in the Antarctic
Survivor Stories
March 4, 2024 • 3 Min

Cancer-Free and Running Strong

After her Whipple procedure, Janice Canfield is making the most of her time, working, running races, and traveling the world.

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.

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