See All Stories

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.

See All Stories

©2015 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. All rights reserved.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network®, PanCAN®, PurpleStride®, PurpleRide®, PurpleBowl®, TeamHope®, Know It. Fight It. End It.®, Wage Hope®, Know Your Tumor℠ and Powerful Knowledge. Personal Treatment.℠ are the trademarks of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s tax identification number is # 33-0841281.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy