Chemotherapy stories

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1 June 2023

Elma was 69 when she was diagnosed with borderline operable pancreatic cancer, after feeling pain in her stomach. She had surgery and chemotherapy, and five years later, she has been given the all-clear.

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31 January 2023

Clive was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after his daughter noticed he had symptoms of jaundice. He was able to have the cancer removed by a Whipple’s procedure. Clive is recovering well and shares his story to help others who are being diagnosed.

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2 September 2022

Jane shares her experience of pancreatic cancer, the struggle she went through to get diagnosed and the treatment she's received since then.

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8 March 2022

Jenny found out she had stage 4 inoperable advanced (metastatic) pancreatic cancer when she was 56. She shares her story of diagnosis, treatment, and how she intends to keep living life to the full for as long as possible.

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10 November 2021

Robert went to his GP suffering from nausea and was quickly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, aged 59. He talks about getting treatment and taking part in a clinical trial.

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John & Cath

9 November 2021

Cath’s husband, John, was diagnosed in 2020 and had surgery followed by chemotherapy. A year on, they’re feeling positive and looking to the future.

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27 September 2021

Sammi was 34 when she was diagnosed, and pregnant with her first child. She talks about getting a second opinion, having treatment with chemotherapy, Nanoknife® and the Whipple’s procedure, and reflects on her journey.

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13 July 2021

Trevor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014. Almost seven years on, he shares his experience of having Whipple’s procedure and chemotherapy and keeping fit and well.

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Rebecca & Dean

7 July 2021

Rebecca’s husband, Dean, sadly passed away in March 2023, having had a terminal diagnosis at the end of 2020. He was 46. Rebecca first told their story in 2021. She looks back on their last years together and the treatments that helped extend Dean’s life.

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Dean’s experience of chemotherapy after surgery

25 October 2018

Dean was diagnosed with an ampullary carcinoma when he was 41. He had the Whipple's procedure and is now sharing his experience of having chemotherapy after surgery

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Maggie’s chemotherapy story

4 April 2018

Maggie, 70, was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in September 2016 and underwent chemotherapy

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Victor’s experience of Gemcitabine and Capecitabine

19 November 2015

Victor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on 25th May 2011 when he was experiencing persistent discomfort in his abdomen. Referral followed to a specialist who confirmed his condition

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