Although David was eligible for surgery, he never made it as far as the operation. He died three weeks after he was admitted to our local hospital for a preliminary procedure.
Nearly 50% of people die within 3 months of their diagnosis. For some, like Gillian and David, it’s just days, or weeks.
With David gone, I felt helpless and adrift. Then, looking through some of the leaflets the hospital had given me I read about Pancreatic Cancer UK. The more I learned about their research, the more hopeful I felt about the future.
I’ve been particularly inspired by a scientist called Professor Nick Lemoine. He’s a leading pancreatic cancer expert involved in research into developing new treatments, a project made possible thanks to people who left gifts in their Wills to Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Professor Lemoine and his team have made an incredible breakthrough – they’ve identified a protein that can be used to help target treatments so they kill pancreatic cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue. It really looks as though an effective treatment is on the horizon.