It is estimated that 5 percent of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive past five years. What is it like to be faced with such statistics? To survive? Here, in their own words, are the experiences of seven men and women. Some fascinating stories and insights from those with the disease.
Nearly 34,000 people a year learn they have the deadly disease. In today’s Patient Voices feature by my colleague Karen Barrow, six of them share their stories of living with pancreatic cancer. A seventh voice belongs to a sister who lost her brother to the disease.
Data from eight clinical trials conducted by Bristol-Myers and AstraZeneca did not show evidence of higher rates of heart attack, stroke and other problems. Despite such evidence, the F.D.A. said it would require the companies to conduct a follow-up study examining those problems in high-risk patients, including the elderly and those with existing heart conditions.