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Beating the Odds: Diana Pacholski Five Years After Being Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

Thursday, November 07, 2013 7:08 PM

Approximately 45,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year, and over 38,000 will die from it.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 53, Diana Pacholski was shocked to discover there is only a six-percent chance of survival of five years for pancreatic cancer patients. Now 58, Diana and Mark Talamonti, MD, Surgeon at NorthShore, discuss pancreatic cancer and how she beat the odds in this NorthShore University HealthSystem patient story.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so this month help us spread the word about the disease and importance of continued research.