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Pancreatic Cancer Patient Stories

Eva Lipscomb

Pancreatic Cancer

Eva Lipscomb

Pancreatic Cancer

For many years I’ve loved the Philadelphia Flower Show, with its stunning displays and arrangements. I always look forward to it, even though I move through the crowded space very slowly, because I had a double knee replacement several years ago.

Carol Stahl

Pancreatic Cancer

Carol Stahl

Pancreatic Cancer

I started feeling stomach pain during the Christmas season of 2014, but I felt sure it was related to heartburn. By New Year’s, however, I had developed changes in my urine and bowel movements. When I started researching my symptoms online, I saw that pancreatic cancer matched my symptoms. I quickly scheduled an appointment with my primary care doctor, who had previously scheduled blood work for me.

Anthony P. Reres

Pancreatic Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

Anthony P. Reres

Pancreatic Cancer;  Prostate Cancer

"We heard the words 'pancreas' and 'cancer', and it frightened us. After some online research and much discussion with my children, Andrew, Diane, Anthony, and Denise, it was agreed that I seek the best possible cancer care at Fox Chase. "

Michael Laurenzi

Kidney Cancer;  Pancreatic Cancer

Michael Laurenzi

Kidney Cancer;  Pancreatic Cancer

'I am very lucky the tick bit me, because I had no symptoms and no idea that I had cancer. I have nothing but the highest regard for those doctors and their teams. They are so caring and compassionate, and they literally gave me my life back.'

Barbara Lanza

Pancreatic Cancer

Barbara Lanza

Pancreatic Cancer

In January 2010, Barbara Lanza, who had just turned 52, was admitted to the emergency room four times during a trip to Florida. When she returned home, Barabara met with her doctor, where more tests were ordered; the tests revealed a mass on the head of her pancreas. Barbara's doctor referred her to Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation before she was ready for a complex surgery, followed by one last procedure: a stent put into her collapsed superior mesenteric vein. Barbara has recovered well and is so pleased she received treatment at Fox Chase. “I had the best team–Dr. Denlinger, Dr. Karachristos, and Dr. Hayes did everything they could to save me. And Dr. Hoffman? What can I say? He’s not head of pancreatic surgery for nothing! He’s the best there is,” she said.

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