Patient Stories

Pancreatic cancer is a tough disease to fight and oftentimes patients are diagnosed in late stages of the disease – making successful treatment more difficult to accomplish. We fight pancreatic cancer as a team, giving you the best hope for recovery.

Our pancreatic surgery team are pioneers in surgical techniques and we were the first in Michigan to use NanoKnife, a pioneering technology used to destroy inoperable pancreatic tumors.

Our Heroes

Jack's Story

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After treatment that included world-first MRI-guided radiation therapy, coupled with chemotherapy, Jack’s pancreatic cancer is now in remission.

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Sheila's Story

Surviving a cancer diagnosis is cause for celebration. Sheila Kasselman, a pancreatic cancer survivor, took celebrating survivorship to another level by destroying 3D-printed replicas of her tumor.

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Nicole's Story

When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Nicole Tringer explored all her options when it came to cancer care and treatment. She put her trust in the team at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute and she is now a three year survivor, celebrating survivorship by "crushing cancer."

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Scott's Story

For patients like Scott Hirshey, who have already undergone radiation, their options may dwindle when the cancer returns. After his pancreatic cancer came back, Scott put his trust in our team and the innovative treatment solution that made its North American debut at Henry Ford Hospital - the Edge® radiosurgery system

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Five-Year Survivors

Five metro Detroiters have defied the odds: They are 5-year and 10-year survivors of pancreatic cancer. Survival has given each of them an inspiring new outlook on life.

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Ken's Story

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When Ken was diagnosed with a difficult-to-treat and otherwise inoperable pancreatic cancer, world-first MRI-guided radiation therapy offered a chance for life-saving surgery.

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Harry's Story

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The morning after Harry received his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, he woke up determined to beat it — and determined to live to walk his two daughters down the aisle one day. Now he’s sharing what gave him strength to keep going during treatment to offer hope to others.

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