Ampullary Cancer Patient Stories

  • Anna Marchese

    Anna Marchese

    In early 2005, 88-year-old Anna Marchese experienced a funny feeling around her waist before passing out on her way to bed. Although she woke up right away, her son, Pat, insisted on taking her to the hospital. Anna had been a widow for almost 30 years and felt fortunate to have her son living with her.

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  • Maria Mora

    Maria Mora

    When it comes to her health, Maria Mora has always taken a proactive approach. After her mother died of ovarian cancer, she went through genetic testing and based on the results, she opted to undergo a prophylactic oophrectomy (surgical removal of the ovaries) to prevent the same diagnosis. Maria takes care of herself, eats right and exercises. So when she started experiencing bouts of indigestion serious enough to send her to the ER in January 2010, Maria knew something was up. While others might have tried to control their symptoms with Mylanta, Maria, who was 47, saw a gastroenterologist, who ordered an endoscopy.

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