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Survivor Story: Clinical Trial Participant - Howard Young

I have been blessed to still be alive. �I was first diagnosed with pancreas cancer on December 19, 2002 at the age of 42. �I had a recurrence in my left lung on July 14, 2008. �I originally benefitted from the Whipple procedure and a combination chemotherapy treatment. �After my recurrence, I took advantage of a Phase I clinical trial testing a combination of two chemotherapy drugs to combat my stage IV pancreas cancer. �This treatment worked for me as it eliminated all of the remaining cancer nodules in my lung. �This trial now represents one of the greatest advances made against this terrible disease.

Through this clinical trial, I benefited from the innovative approach of a high volume pancreatic cancer institution, based in Phoenix, Arizona, that focuses on translational research. �One of the oncologists specializing in pancreatic cancer at this institution is the leader who helped make this trial happen. �The concept of personalized medicine that is being used at this institution and others is revolutionizing the treatment of all cancers. �I encourage my fellow patients to participate in clinical trials. �Clinical trials have saved my life and they might save yours. �Thanks to my Lord God, wife Becky, my family, and friends for their support during this experience.

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