Pancreatic cancer patient stories
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Stories from pancreatic cancer patients
Helping more people survive cancer is the aim of everything we do. Read stories from people who have been affected by pancreatic cancer, and how research has made a difference to them.
A new standard treatment
Retired lab manager Peter Breaden, who lives in Southport, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010. He took part in ESPAC-4, a Cancer Research UK-funded clinical trial that has led to a call for a new standard treatment for people with pancreatic cancer who have had surgery. "It was very satisfying to take part in something that was so successful - I found out that the combination of drugs I was given almost doubled the number of people surviving five years after the operation, compared to using one of the drugs alone."
James was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2015 and started chemotherapy treatment. “I had suspected it might be cancer but it was still a shock when they actually said it. And even though I had thought it, you still hope it’s not that. The chemotherapy treatment started working for me, which doesn’t happen in every case, but I know I have an uncertain future.”
Beating the odds
Karen from West Yorkshire was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010. “I had been ill for 10 months. The odds were not great, but this month I reached seven years, thanks to the amazing team that looked after me. I've been lucky. I have two little grandsons now who I never thought I would see.”