Pancreatic cancer survivor: Clinical trial gave me my life back

Sometimes I forget that I have pancreatic cancer because I just don’t believe it’s going to kill me. In fact, I’ve never felt healthier, thanks to an exercise program I’m participating in through a clinical trial at MD Anderson. My pancreatic cancer diagnosis Last summer, I noticed I was drinking a lot of water and urinating frequently. I also developed severe jaundice. At first, my doctor in Albuquerque, New Mexico thought I’d developed diabetes. But eventually, an ultrasound and MRI revealed a mass on my pancreas. I was shocked, but I’d battled through a cocaine addiction many years ago and knew I had it in me to fight, struggle and overcome again. What I learned from the addiction was that I can survive and I can make it. Before I could start my pancreatic cancer treatment, my gastroenterologist needed to insert a stent in my pancreas so it could start processing fats again. He tried to place the stent three times, but the tumor kept getting in the way. My pancreatic cancer treatment at MD Anderson My wife and friends urged me to seek a second opinion with Dr. David Fogelman at MD Anderson. So, on Oct. 27, 2016, I flew to Houston and met with him. He told me that his colleague, Jeffrey Lee, M.D., could likely do the procedure. If Dr. Lee couldn’t get that stent in, no one in the world could, he told me. I realized then that I was in the best place in the world for pancreatic cancer treatment. The next day, Dr. Lee successfully inserted a stent where the bile and pancreatic ducts...