Treatment Stories

191 Articles

pancreatic cancer patient Laura Metzger and family
Survivor Stories
December 23, 2021 • 6 Min

Learning to Recognize the Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

Laura Metzger had many different symptoms of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer but no one put the picture together for years.

Michael Whalen and his family
Survivor Stories
December 10, 2021 • 4 Min

Vigilance Leads to Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

After his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Michael Whalen searched for someone willing to treat him with chemotherapy.

pancreatic cancer patient Leanne Pierce and family
Survivor Stories
November 29, 2021 • 4 Min

A Second Opinion Leads to Hope for the Future

Leanne Pierce decided to go to a major cancer center for a second opinion after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

pancreatic cancer patient Francois
Survivor Stories
November 12, 2021 • 6 Min

Taking Life with Pancreatic Cancer One Day at a Time

François has been taking chemotherapy for his pancreatic cancer treatment and living one day at a time, to make the most of his life.

pancreatic cancer patient Rita Krueger, her husband and dog
Survivor Stories
November 1, 2021 • 4 Min

Choosing the Right Doctor

Rita Krueger made an important decision that changed her pancreatic cancer treatment when she got a second opinion.

pancreatic cancer patient Glen Trotiner
Survivor Stories
October 19, 2021 • 8 Min

My Two-Year Journey with Pancreatic Cancer

When filmmaker Glen Trotiner was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he learned a new meaning for “treatment.”

pancreatic cancer patient Virginia Wetcher
Survivor Stories
October 6, 2021 • 2 Min

Following a Treatment Plan

As a retired oncology nurse, Virginia Wetcher knew she needed a good treatment plan after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

pancreatic cancer long-term survivor Helene Avraham-Katz and her family
Survivor Stories
September 23, 2021 • 5 Min

The Butterfly Effect and Living Every Day to My Fullest

Because Helene Avraham-Katz has the BRCA2 mutation, certain chemotherapies work better and she is eligible for specific clinical trials.

pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor patient Lisa Tayman and family
Survivor Stories
September 9, 2021 • 6 Min

An Unexpected Diagnosis of PNET

Lisa Tayman was surprised to discover that the shoulder pain she had was from a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor patient Randi C. Ervin
Survivor Stories
August 27, 2021 • 4 Min

A Life-Saving, Life-Changing Diagnosis

Randi C. Ervin’s primary care doctor suspected she had something more than prediabetes. Testing showed pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.

pancreatic cancer survivor Bob Minetti
Survivor Stories
August 16, 2021 • 2 Min

A Clinical Trial Saved My Life

Bob Minetti and his doctors believe that a clinical trial saved his life after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Catching up with featured patients
Survivor Stories
August 3, 2021 • 5 Min

Catching Up with Featured Patients

Get patient updates on four of our most popular stories: Lynne Holcomb, Earl Groce, Roy Vinke, and Shannon Magee.

photo of the mineral bismuth
Survivor Stories
July 21, 2021 • 2 Min

The Importance of a Good Treatment Team

Wayne Mullis credits his treatment team with choosing the best pancreatic cancer treatment for him and for helping him through treatment.

pancreatic cancer patient Anthony DelRusso
Survivor Stories
July 13, 2021 • 2 Min

Going Two Rounds Against Pancreatic Cancer

Anthony DelRusso has battled pancreatic cancer twice, first with chemo and a Whipple, and again with a total pancreatectomy and radiation.

2020 Witches of St. Andrews charity bicycle ride
Survivor Stories
June 24, 2021 • 3 Min

Carefully Choosing My Doctor

Doris Bowdoin researched to find the best doctor for her pancreatic cancer. Now she advocates for others through the Witches of St. Andrews.