Survivor Stories

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

296 Articles

Long-term survivor Alan Nathanson and family
Survivor Stories
July 20, 2023 • 1 Min

Gratitude is the Divine Attitude

Long-term survivor Alan Nathanson credits humor, determination, and the support of his wife for his pancreatic cancer survival.

Cathleen Janosko
Survivor Stories
July 11, 2023 • 4 Min

Genetic Profiling Leads to a Clinical Trial

With treatment not working and nothing to lose, Cathleen Janosko did her research and got help finding a clinical trial to match her tumor’s mutation.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Dr. Errol Toulon Jr., Sheriff of Suffolk County
Survivor Stories
June 27, 2023 • 6 Min

A Fighting Spirit

Resilience best describes Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr., a long-term survivor of lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, and a heart emergency.

Long-term survivor Steven Lewis and his wife
Survivor Stories
June 14, 2023 • 1 Min

Bold, Aggressive, Decisive, and Rapid

Long-term survivor Steven Lewis credits the support of family for getting him through aggressive treatment when his pancreatic cancer came back.

Pancreatic cancer patient Rhonda Havig and her family
Survivor Stories
June 1, 2023 • 4 Min

No One Fights Alone

Because of her grandfather, Rhonda Havig knew she had a family history of pancreatic cancer. But her own diagnosis was still a surprise.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Mike Emerson, his wife Carol and their dog
Survivor Stories
May 18, 2023 • 3 Min

Blood Clots, a Stroke, and Pancreatic Cancer

Mike Emerson underwent a pancreatectomy followed by two years of chemotherapy and radiation but he’s enjoying life now.

Donna Robinson and family
Survivor Stories
May 10, 2023 • 1 Min

Find the Joy in Your Life Every Day

Long-term survivor Donna Robinson decided to focus on joy rather than fear during treatment for pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer patient Andy Seynaeve and his family
Survivor Stories
May 5, 2023 • 7 Min

Have Hope

Andy Seynaeve has undergone many rounds of chemotherapy but he has had a great response. Best of all, he has hope.

Long-term survivor of pancreatic cancer Camille Moses and Dr. Peter Hosein
Survivor Stories
April 20, 2023 • 1 Min

New and Wonderful Things

Long-term survivor Camille Moses updates Let’s Win on her activities as an advocate for research funding and patients in treatment.

pancreatic cancer patient Susan Hoopengarner and her husband.
Survivor Stories
April 19, 2023 • 4 Min

Two-Year Survivor and Going Strong

Susan Hoopengarner coordinated her care between a local hospital and a major cancer center for chemotherapy and a Whipple procedure.

pancreatic cancer patient Don Myrah and his wife Geralynn
Survivor Stories
April 11, 2023 • 4 Min

Going After a Specialized Radiation Treatment

Don Myrah wanted more than chemotherapy. He read about a specialized radiation treatment and directly contacted the company behind it.

pancreatic cancer patient Bonnie Dahl and her husband
Survivor Stories
March 29, 2023 • 4 Min

A Second Opinion Felt Right

Bonnie Dahl considered treatment for stage I pancreatic cancer near home but felt a second opinion and a bigger cancer center were important.

Long-term survivor Eric Borden
Survivor Stories
March 23, 2023 • 1 Min

Hope is Everything You Have

Long-term survivor Eric Borden believes in the importance of advocating for yourself with your doctors; if he hadn’t he might not be here.

Marisa Harris and grandkids
Survivor Stories
March 16, 2023 • 5 Min

Focus on Joy

Long-term survivor Marisa Harris shares her thoughts on surviving, thriving, and making the most of your time while in treatment.

pancreatic cancer patient Jay Buth and family
Survivor Stories
March 3, 2023 • 9 Min

Vigilance in Pursuing Symptoms Leads to Early Diagnosis

Jay Buth was very persistent in pursuing the reason for his symptoms. That led to a diagnosis of early stage pancreatic cancer.

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