The two physician-oncologists who wrote this pamphlet (published in 2002) on pancreatic cancer are associated with the University of Texas and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Their credentials each take half-a-page to list, and the first myth they try to dispel is the one that "all pancreatic cancers are fatal."
My favorite singer, Marilyn Horne was declared free of pancreatic cancer two years after it was diagnosed in 2006. After chemotherapy and radiation treatments, her pancreatic tumor shrank to a size that allowed it to be removed through surgery, and she was then treated with an experimental vaccine. Now she is back to teaching master classes, and doing all of the things semi-retired divas do. She sums up her approach to her life after a cancer diagnosis:
"I don't think it's 'I want to live' - it's 'I'm going to live!"
Unfortunately, her friend, the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti did not survive his struggle with pancreatic cancer, which although it "accounts for approximately 2% of all cancers...is the fourth most frequent cause of cancer death."
The authors have done pancreatic cancer patients and their families a great service by writing this 64-page manual, as there is very little published information on this disease. The writing is clear and direct, and the pamphlet is illustrated with color diagrams and photographs.
"Myths & Facts about Pancreatic Cancer" deals in knowledge and hope, and should give patients and their families a new and balanced perspective on the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.
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