I survived 5 years +

The following pancreatic cancer patient experiences are people who have survived 5+ years following their diagnosis of the disease and they have shared their stories with us. Any content, opinions or views are their own.


Ali - Founder and CEO of PCA

Ali was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007, aged 41.

I was 41 and up until a month before, I did not have any recognisable symptoms – being fit & healthy (or so I thought), I exercised regularly, I did not smoke and I drank in moderation… 


CliffCliff was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009, aged 67.

I suffered four bouts of slight illness each lasting about 48 hours no more than a dull ache across the top of my stomach, slight nausea and short feverish spells.  I put it down to a ‘tummy bug’ and later episodes occurred during weekends away so a visit to my GP wasn’t convenient…



Howard was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April, 2011.

Cancer of the pancreas has a much higher profile than when my Dad succumbed in 1984. Perhaps it’s because so much more is being done, perhaps it’s because so many celebrities have survived successful surgery and perhaps it’s because more surgeons are now specialising in what used to be ‘shoulder-shrugging’, unpopular surgery…


Yvonne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008.

I would like to begin by saying I am not a sickly person. I am headteacher in a tiny village school and I never take time off work. I was 56 at the time and before my diagnosis the last time I had a day off sick was in about 1992…


StewartStewart was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010.

This shows that the system, when it works, it works very well indeed. The NHS is the jewel in our country. What sophisticated society does not look after it’s people who are unfortunately laid low with a serious illness as I was…


Carl was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012, aged 38.

In September 2012 I would describe myself as an energetic 38 year old, went to the gym most evenings, worked full time as a web developer and used my hobby of cooking for my street food business ‘Market Wraps’ on a weekend, all was great, I was very happy…



Penny was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013.

I loved my career as a midwife, my kids (aged 29, 24 and 17) were happy and healthy. I was fit and well running, swimming and practising yoga regularly.  I married my best friend Terry and I celebrated my 50th birthday with a trip to New York. Life really couldn’t get much better…


JJune Simpson pancreatic cancer 6 years survivorune was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2011.

I am married with 2 grown up sons and 2 granddaughters age 10 and 5 and I have an 8 month old grandson. In 2011 I found a lump in my neck and  I went to see my GP, he said it was just an infection…