Pancreatic cancer rarely presents with obvious symptoms and the prognosis is usually bleak. On this episode of Patient Power sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) learn more about preventative measures, treatment approaches and clinical trials helping patients with pancreatic cancer. Joining the discussion is Dr. Sunil Hingorani, an expert and researcher on the topic. Dr. Hingorani is Director of the Pancreatic Cancer Clinic at the SCCA and runs a research laboratory dedicated to uncovering mechanisms of pancreatic cancer formation and developing new early detection and treatment strategies. Dr. Hingorani led the development of the first mouse model of pancreatic cancer—a study of the animal cancer, which mimics the deadly disease in humans that could lead to earlier detection, better therapies and improved rates of survival. Dr. Hingorani shares his optimism for a disease that touched him personally.
Jeffrey Ross, 6 year survivor and active PanCAN volunteer joins Dr. Hingorani to share his story. Jeffrey was always physical and proactive about his health. One day, while working, his tool belt hit him in the abdomen and caused serious pain, so severe, he knew something was very wrong. He immediately called his general practitioner and scheduled an appointment for the next day. A blood test from that appointment revealed his organs were not functioning correctly. In July of 2003, Jeff not only received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, he also underwent the Whipple procedure. Miraculously, he is doing well and offers this advice patients who might being going through something similar: “When you are up against something deadly that is potentially going to take you out, you need to manage your own healthcare. You need to have someone with you at every single appointment, the first time someone tells you you have cancer, you will not hear another word the doctor says.”
Hear more from Dr. Hingorani about smart treatment approaches for a disease plaguing over 40,000 people a year. Why is this disease so difficult to diagnose? What are the options? Will a multi-disciplinary team help? Find out from an expert and inspiring patient in this informative Patient Power program.
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