Please help us to transform pancreatic cancer treatment by “sharing your voice” about pancreatic cancer and how it affected your life. You will assist others in knowing that they are not alone in this journey and will help to increase awareness about the disease.
The Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer realizes that the families of those affected by pancreatic cancer are the ones who will lead the fight against pancreatic cancer. We are an alliance of families that have faced pancreatic cancer, fought, have lost loved ones to this awful disease, and joined together to fight another day.
My name is Michele, and this is my story. My pancreatic tumor was found by an acute episode of pancreatitis after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. While admitted to the hospital a CT scan was performed showing a large tumor located on the distal tail of the pancreas. I was terrified, nervous and angry wondering how did this happen to me. I had so many questions, like was this cancer, was I going to die? I was a wife and mother of two. Who was going to take care of my family?
I was then referred to UPMC Presby., where I was introduced to Dr. James Moser who took over my complete care. On the first visit, Dr. Moser answered my questions and set me up with ultrasound guided biopsies of my tumor. I went back to UPMC had the studies, and the results were I had a very large slow growing rare tumor on the distal tail of my pancreas. My surgery was scheduled a week later, in which my distal tail of pancreas, tumor and spleen was removed. I spent 4 days in the hospital, came home with an abdominal drain in place. Within a week I was readmitted back to UPMC for bilateral pulmonary embolisms, spent 4 more days in the hospital.
Today, I get CT scans and yearly doctor visits to check that there is no regrowth of the tumor. I am thankful daily for Dr. Moser and his team for the care I received at UPMC.