Amongst the grim survival statistics for pancreatic cancer, there are shining lights!
77 year-old ex-farmer Prue Carver was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year but last week was given the fantastic news that she is cancer-free. Prue is sharing her story to give hope to others receiving this diagnosis and to help raise awareness. Thank you Prue – you are an inspiration and testament for seeking help early when you first noticed symptoms. Here is her story:
19th October 2020 under the excellent care of Adam I had a Whipple procedure, five days later I was discharged from hospital and on day seven I returned to my home in Whanganui. The surgery went well, and he removed all of the tumor with 20mm margins, however there were microscopic traces in one of the fourteen lymph nodes that were removed. Adam felt I had come through surgery so well that chemo was definitely the way to go and so referred me to an Oncologist in Palmerston North. So, six weeks after surgery, I started chemo with the view this could be a cure…. No promises though.”
Last week, Prue received the news that she has no signs of cancer. She will continue to be monitored with blood tests every three months, but her oncologist told her she was looking good and to get on with life.
Prue says “I don’t know what the future holds but I do know I am one of the lucky ones, they diagnosed me early which gave me options, and I am a fighter and met this head on. I know not everyone’s story is like mine, but if I had one piece of advice it would be yes things can go wrong but never lose sight of the fact that things can also go right…”