Pancreatic Cancer Patient Stories

  • Anthony P. Reres

    Anthony P. Reres

    Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Pancreas

    Tony 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 Fox Chase, I was around to meet my great grandson," said Reres, who was 76 at the time. "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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  • Shirley Shackelford

    Pancreatic Cancer

    In 2008, five years after her last case of pancreatitis, Shirley Shackelford still worried whether the disease would strike again. She had experienced three bouts of the condition, which started with excruciating pain and required several days in a hospital on an intravenous fluids for nourishment.

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  • Janet Williams

    Janet Williams

    Janet Williams absolutely loves being a grandmother. In her own words she explained, "I love my grandkids to pieces." Family has always been important to Janet, married for 51 years and the mother of 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

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  • Roger Yates

    Roger Yates

    Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm - (Involving Entire Pancreas)

    Roger Yates was no stranger to pancreatitis, a condition that results in an inflamed or infected pancreas. Roger had been treated for pancreatitis in 2004 and again in 2005, but never expected it to turn cancerous. When his local doctor in Delaware finally sent him to Fox Chase Cancer for further testing, Roger had a feeling that his doctor knew something that he didn't. "He probably didn't want to be the bearer of bad news," said Roger. "So he left that job to the experts at Fox Chase."

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