Pancreatic Cancer Patient Stories

  • Michael Laurenzi

    Michael Laurenzi

    It's possible that a  tick bite might have saved Mike Laurenzi’s life. In May 2013, at the age of 54, Mike ran a high fever and landed at the Emergency Department near his home in Media, PA. “They examined me, said it was probably just a bug, and sent me home,” he recalled.  Two days later, his fever was still 104.  He returned to his local hospital and was admitted.

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  • Baha Malik

    Baha Malik

    Pancreatic Cancer

    In 2007 when Baha Malik started experiencing back pain, he ignored it. “You know – that macho thing we do,” said the retired data specialist, who turned 75 in 2013.  “Finally it got so excruciating that my wife demanded I go to a hospital. When I did that, a biopsy revealed that I had cancer of the pancreas.  That’s when my primary physician made arrangements for me to go to Fox Chase Cancer Center – which was a real blessing.”

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  • Stephen McNamara

    Stephen McNamara

    Raised with 12 siblings in Ireland, Stephen McNamara enjoyed his childhood and his country. However, in 1949, when the opportunity presented itself to come to America, he acted on it. Mary, a nursing student whom he met in England, followed her heart and came to America to marry Stephen. They settled in the Philadelphia area and raised their own family with 5 children. During this time, Stephen was drafted and served stateside during the Korean War. Not long after, he became a citizen of the United States. "I just fell in love with America," shared Stephen. "I had a great job at General Motors and a wonderful family."

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  • Anthony P. Reres

    Anthony P. Reres

    Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Pancreas

    Tony Reres can't help getting a little choked up when he talks about welcoming his first great grandson into the world, Lucas Anthony Reres, born March 4, 2010. "Because of Dr. Watson, I was around to meet my great grandson," said Reres, now a healthy 76. "I never expected to live this long."

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    Ronald Schnell

    In October 2005, Ronald Schnell's wife couldn't take it anymore. Her husband was jaundiced, losing weight without effort, and experiencing other digestive issues. "Ronald had just retired and we had a lot to look forward to," said Catherine. "I was very concerned something was seriously wrong." It was.

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