Inoperable Pancreatic Cancer Patient Stories



Anthony was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2014.

My father, Tony, was the most beautiful, kind hearted person that you could meet, he worked 6-7 days a week to provide for me and my family, and still had all the time in the world to talk, be my best friend and the best father, husband, son and brother there could be…


Emilee was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2015.

She hadn’t been feeling right for several months, maybe about six months or so.  She had been losing weight, which is something she had wanted to do, so it did not initially sound any alarms in her head.  Well, it might have, but she did not talk about it.  She was also not quite right energy wise and was feeling depressed…


Bob was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2009.

As a single Mum of two girls, he was the mainstay in our lives, what about my girls’ weddings; who would give them away? Joseph, who would guide him, teach him about history and nature?…


Ida was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013.

There was problems with her pain management and we had to fight to get something done about it and she was hospitalised and put on a morphine drip which worked. It was then that a scan revealed that the cancer had exploded all over and was the reason for the intense pain she had been experiencing…


Eileen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015.

I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of my Mum. She loved life, had many great friends who adored her too.


Cath was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011.

I suddenly became very tired with no energy and feeling generally unwell. In January 2011, I was admitted into hospital with what was thought to be a viral infection – I couldn’t stop running to the toilet and had pain in my upper abdomen. I was given antibiotics and sent home after five days…


Christopher was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Everyone was so supportive, and even though my dad is not here in person I know he is with me and all of my family. He felt guilty because he thought he had brought pain into the house… it wasn’t his fault. This message is to let people know that they are not alone in this! There are millions of people trying to help people like us…


Jacqueline sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in January 2011, un-diagnosed.

The doctors took tests but did not seem to know what was wrong with my mum; we asked if it could be pancreatic cancer as our uncle had passed away from this. They weren’t sure…


John passed away from pancreatic cancer just one month after being diagnosed in 2014.

I know people say not to but I did Google the symptoms. When I checked stomach cancer and pancreatic cancer neither corresponded with the symptoms that John was suffering from…

John and Joan

Paul’s parents, John and Joan, were both diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

We where so very lucky to have them as our parents and friends and we miss them so very much, but we wouldn’t have wished them the cruelty of staying longer in the pain and discomfort they had…


June sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer just 21 weeks after her diagnosis.

My Mum was really one of the most selfless people I know.  She was a physiotherapist by profession, and she used this experience to work with Voluntary Service Overseas in India for two years.  She made lasting professional and personal relationships there, and was highly regarded by all team members she worked with in the UK too… 


Kingsley has sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer after his diagnosis in 2015.

So why am I telling my story? Quite simply, to support the nationwide charity, Pancreatic Cancer Action, in their mission to save lives through early diagnosis by raising public awareness of the symptoms of a cancer which the late Hollywood ‘Dirty Dancing’ star, Patrick Swayze, who died from it in 2009, called the most lethal of all… 


Lynn sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer just seven weeks after her diagnosis in 2010.

I started looking for information on pancreatic cancer on the internet and could not find anything that said it could be hereditary, my concerns that it would take other family members passed and we got on with life…


MalMal passed away from pancreatic cancer just seven days after her diagnosis in 2017.

She always liked to get involved with her grandchildren’s lives, whether it was watching them play football, performing on stage at theatre school, doing school runs, dentist appointments, tennis tournaments, gymnastic sessions and every Sunday, mom would cook Sunday roast dinners.


Malcolm sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in May 2016.

He had just completed a production of Sister Act, where he was musical director in November 2015 when he started to feel a little over tired with back discomfort…


Mic was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2012 and sadly passed away just three weeks later.

Mic first experienced symptoms in August 2011 saying that he felt he had ‘butterflies’ in his tummy. He would press on his tummy and said he could feel no pain but sometimes felt itchy… 


Mike tells the story, in his own words, of his experience with pancreatic cancer since diagnosis.

I wondered how I was going to tell my wife and family. I’m a very positive and optimistic person by nature and I started to read the available literature and was determined to take whatever steps necessary to drive and extend these survival rates… 


Mum on own

Monica sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2015. In her own words. Monica’s daughter Kate, talks about her mother’s experience.

She saw her friends, went shopping, visited the theatre, had meals out, visited her family, bought spring bulbs, cooked Christmas lunch and re-decorated the house!..


Noel sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011. In her own words, Noel’s wife, Kerry, share their experience.

We were just an ordinary married couple raising our children, Nathan and Ellie, the best we could, enjoying life. Then on April 22nd 2011 our world changed forever…

Noel Pearce

After battling pancreatic cancer for ten months, Noel sadly passed away from the disease in February 2009.

His daughter, Carmel, shares his experience and explains her journey of looking into the familial connections associated with the disease…


Pat passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012, two years after her diagnosis.

Pat had been the love of my life for 36 years and the focus of everything that I had done during that period.  We met when I was 35 and she 37…


Pat sadly passed away in September 2013, just four days after her diagnosis.

In her last few years she was a busy housewife, who loved gardening, seeing her friends, going to the theatre, reading and just spending time with her family…


Philip was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2014.

Phil was never ill and there had not been any reason for him to visit a doctor, but as a result of these ongoing symptoms and worsening pain in his back, he was attending the GP surgery regularly…


Seretse was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2016 and sadly passed away in March 2017.

My dad was 64 years old, was diabetic but a non-smoker and didn’t touch alcohol. Our lives were shattered, we cried and couldn’t believe why would this happened to my dad who was disabled and hard working…


Terry passed away from pancreatic cancer 90 minutes after his diagnosis.

Dad had a bit of a medical history which we believe blinkered the doctors with his treatment prior to his death.


Samantha shares her mother’s experience with pancreatic cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2015.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, especially when I look back to the summer of 2015.  “If only” was something I said and thought a lot about last year, since losing my lovely Finnish mum to pancreatic cancer.