Patient Experiences – Operable


Carl Diagnosed 2012Carl was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012.

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…



Dane was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, aged 49.

As a fit 49 year old, with a healthy exercise regime, moderate drinker and non-smoker of 15 months, with no history of family cancers or any history of personal health, I considered myself fit,


Graham 2009

Graham was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

I had in the past been diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which I thought was being brought on by the uncertainty of my job due to the current economic climate and the rig not working.  If the truth be known, I had been suffering stomach pains for some months…



Karin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012, aged 30.

My story starts during my pregnancy. As everyone expects, especially with a pre-existing back problem (Scoliosis), I got some back pains in the middle of my back in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy…


Liz Diagnosed 2012Liz was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2012.

I had been to my GP and had a routine blood test. At 9 pm I received a rather strange call from the lab asking if I felt alright, and whether I had any abdominal pain, or was jaundiced...


Lyndon Diagnosed 2006Lyndon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006.

One morning I was shaving and noticed that the whites of my eyes were yellow, and over the next few days, they had turned almost a gold colour. I was more than a little concerned, it was my wife, who told me to go to the doctors right away…



Michael was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007.

I was in remission for 21 months until May 2009, when it was found that the cancer had returned; but it was very small ( about 2cms), isolated and had not spread. This made me an ideal candidate for CyberKnife® (stereotactic radiotherapy) treatment… 



Nigel sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Suddenly I noticed Aidan was leaning forward and looking at me in an odd way. “I hope you don’t mind me saying”, he said awkwardly, “but your eyes seem to have turned slightly yellow”…


Penny was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 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…


Norman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012.

I suddenly felt unwell in that way when you know it is something different! I was in Falmouth for a few days following the Jubilee weekend, looking forward to running somewhere different. But I just didn’t feel up to it, which was unusual…


Ceridwen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during her pregnancy with her second child.

I started to itch, mostly on the palms of my hands, soles of my feet and my chest.  Then my urine turned dark and I had steatorrhea.  I got in touch with my midwife immediately and they organised blood tests…


ValerieValerie was diagnosed in 2009, aged 66.

I went on the computer and tapped in these two symptoms and was horrified to come up with pancreatic cancer.  At this time I had no pains or discomfort so other than these two symptoms and I considered myself healthy. We visited the GP the following  



Vivien was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010.

Someone asked me if I was aware that I was yellow! I had not picked it up but after looking in a mirror realised that I was quite yellow and that this was now serious. The symptoms with jaundice are very unpleasant – which explained why I was feeling so poorly. I went to see my local GP who was very good, and did at this point say that the worst it could be was cancer… 


Rod was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer in 2005.

I felt the pain most in my lower abdomen. It wasn’t a bad pain, just a dull ache: it seemed to be there a lot – I didn’t notice it there all the time, but if I thought about it, it was there…


Ron was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June, 2009.

The first real indication that things were not right was I started to develop jaundice. I was forever going to the toilet, which at first I put down to food poisoning, having eaten mussels two days earlier. At that time, if I did try to eat anything, it just went straight through me…


Linda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October, 2015.

Before I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I was a reasonably healthy and happy 61-year-old who worked full time as a training officer, visiting individual students in their workplaces. We decided to move to Cumbria after my two daughters moved away…


Nikki was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2016.

The only times I’ve ever been in hospital was having my appendix out when I was 21 and having my collarbone repaired after a horse riding accident in 2007. Both were short stays…