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Pancreatic cancer survivor John O'Grady standing in front of a purple and white quilt he made
Survivor Stories
February 21, 2020 • 7 Min

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer and Inspiring Others

When John O’Grady realized he was going to survive pancreatic cancer, he beganinto helping other patients by volunteering with PanCAN and making quilts.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Larry Nicolet, his wife, and grandchildren
Survivor Stories
January 20, 2020 • 3 Min

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer Three Times

Jaundice brought Larry Nicolet to the doctor but took three tries, including a Whipple procedure, for him to be clean of pancreatic cancer.

pancreatic cancer survivor Ken Vickers and his motorcycle
Survivor Stories
November 7, 2019 • 3 Min

Around to Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of Life

Ken Vickers is enjoying family, friends, and riding his Harley Davidson around the country after pancreatic cancer and a Whipple procedure.

pancreatic cancer patient Colin Gabriel
Survivor Stories
October 14, 2019 • 5 Min

Learning to Guide My Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

The more Colin Gabriel learned about pancreatic cancer, the more he realized he needed to guide his treatment, rather than go where his HMO recommended.

pancreatic cancer patient Brad Kerr
Survivor Stories
October 1, 2019 • 9 Min

A Second Opinion Leads to a New Treatment Plan

Brad Kerr changed his pancreatic cancer treatment plan after getting a second opinion, and had neoadjuvant chemotherapy before his Whipple.

long-term pancreatic cancer survivor Margie Goldsmith
Survivor Stories
September 5, 2019 • 6 Min

Kicking Pancreatic Cancer’s Butt

When Margie Goldsmith was diagnosed with an IPMN she made it her goal to beat that pancreatic cancer. It took two more tries but she did it.

long-term survivor Tom Dinwiddie and his wife, and their pets
Survivor Stories
August 9, 2019 • 7 Min

After Surviving Pancreatic Cancer, a Moral Obligation to Share

Tom Dinwiddie knew he needed surgery to survive stage IV neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer; he got a new protocol of treatment before surgery.

long-term pancreatic cancer survivor Joel Evans and family
Survivor Stories
July 29, 2019 • 4 Min

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer and Embracing Life

Joel Evans’ endocrinologist was concerned so he sent him to get tested for pancreatic cancer. It was caught early enough for a Whipple procedure.

pancreatic cancer patient Cliff Ramos
Survivor Stories
July 2, 2019 • 4 Min

No Warning Before My Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Retired wrestling coach Cliff Ramos approached his chemotherapy and Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer like he was still coaching.

pancreatic cancer survivor Steven Lewis
Survivor Stories
June 19, 2019 • 5 Min

Twice Facing Pancreatic Cancer

Steven Lewis has faced down pancreatic cancer twice–first with a Whipple, chemo and radiation; then with liver surgery for metastasis.

Pancreatic cancer survivors Scott and Steve Nelson
Survivor Stories
June 6, 2019 • 5 Min

Younger Brother’s Pancreatic Cancer Leads to Regular Screening for his Oldest Brother

When Scott Nelson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, oldest brother Steve began regular screening, which lead to his early diagnosis.

pancreatic cancer patient Rick Baker and his wife Shelley
Survivor Stories
May 10, 2019 • 5 Min

Molecular Profiling Leads to Non-Standard Pancreatic Cancer Treatments

With stage IV pancreatic cancer, Rick Baker got molecular profiling which helped direct his different treatments, including clinical trials.

Anatomy of a Whipple
Treatments
May 7, 2019 • 4 Min

The Anatomy of a Whipple Procedure

The Whipple procedure, a surgery used to remove pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, rearranges the digestive system.

Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria and pancreatic cancer patient Kenneth Brown
Survivor Stories
April 16, 2019 • 4 Min

Climbing the Pancreatic Cancer Mountain

Kenneth Brown got second and third opinions before he chose a treatment plan that included neoadjuvant chemotherapy and a Whipple procedure.

long-term pancreatic cancer survivor Steven Yedwabnick
Survivor Stories
March 21, 2019 • 5 Min

Long-Term Survival After Grueling Radiation Treatment

Long-term pancreatic cancer survivor Steven Yedwabnick endured a long protocol of radiation and chemotherapy after a Whipple surgery.