Pancreatic Cancer Survivors
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Over Five Years Later:
A Survivor’s StoryPeggy Shares Her Experience
When pancreatic cancer survivor Peggy was told there was no hope, she refused to give up and came to CTCA.
Pancreatic cancer survivors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) have a story to tell. In this section, you will read personal accounts of pancreatic cancer patients who found a care team willing and able to fight with them. Read on to learn more about these courageous survivors who came to CTCA and found a comprehensive approach to pancreatic cancer treatment.
What Is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer, also called exocrine cancer, is cancer that forms in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ about six inches long that lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine. The pancreas contains two different kinds of glands: exocrine and endocrine. Exocrine glands make enzymes which break down fats and proteins in foods so the body can use them. Endocrine glands make hormones, such as insulin, that help balance the amount of sugar in the blood. Exocrine tumors are more common, and nearly all of them are adenocarcinomas.
To learn more about pancreatic cancer and the innovative pancreatic cancer treatment options available at CTCA, visit our Pancreatic Cancer Center.
What Do CTCA Pancreatic Cancer Survivors Say?
Learn about what makes CTCA different and how we can help you fight pancreatic cancer. Read on and our pancreatic cancer survivors will share with you their personal journeys of hope and healing.
“I received chemotherapy intravenously and took advantage of all of the supportive therapies and services CTCA offered. I met with many of the members of my care team, including Dr. Levin. He and I have such a great rapport. He knows I’m in it to win it. And he is too.”
“I experienced very little side effects during the treatments at CTCA: no hair loss, no nausea, very little weight loss, no extreme platelet loss, no white blood cell loss and very little red blood cell loss. Along with the chemotherapy, they gave me natural supplements: milk thistle tablets, green tea tablets, fish oil tablets, maitake mushroom tablets, melatonin, selenium and vitamins A, C E and B6.”
“The first thing I remember was entering the lobby of CTCA and seeing the tree of survivors. I said I’m going to get my name on that tree! CTCA began treating me right away for my infection, got my pain under control and confirmed the diagnosis. I could not believe how fast they were able to do all the tests. They did more in one day at CTCA than my hospital back home did in a week.”