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Patient Stories

The following patient experiences represent a snapshot of  the comprehensive care provided at Johns Hopkins. Each story presents a picture of the remarkable challenges and triumphs these individuals and their families faced. Statistics for pancreas cancer still show that most people do not survive panceas cancer and this is why our physicians, nurses and laboratory scientists are working around the clock to find news to conquer this disease.

Nancy Amato - Beating the Odds

After her diagnosis, Nancy was given six months to live. Then, she came to Johns Hopkins. One novel treatment and three years later, Nancy's still beating the odds. Read more and watch video.

Donna Bender - Hope in a Trial

Donna Bender hoped that by enrolling in a clinical trial, her experimental treatment for pancreatic cancer could save more lives in the future. It ended up saving her own. Read more.

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Kathleen Dowell - The Will to Survive

What was at first an itch leads to a discovery of pancreatic cancer. But thanks to experienced doctors and Kathleen's determination, she's not just surviving; she's thriving a full decade later. Read more.

Fred Durham - The Power of Self-Advocacy

Fred has been a passionate advocate for his own health care since day one of his diagnosis. Now, Fred's not just living cancer-free, he's living life to the fullest. Read more and watch video.

Arthur Hou, Ph.D. - Researching the Right Center

             Hou says he has never second-guessed his decision to come to Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care. Read more.

Marilyn Horne - The Diva Takes on Cancer

Opera legend Marilyn Horne has tackled some of the most important mezzo-soprano roles in performing arts. Now, she can add one more -- cancer survivor. Read more from the Associated Press.





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