Patient Stories

John Kastelan

John passed away in March 2017, after a 14 month battle with pancreatic cancer. One of his biggest goals was to be able to walk his eldest daughter, Yvette down the aisle. John’s daughter, Melanie shares his story with us.

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Katherine Cummings

Katherine joined the Pancare team in February 2016. After losing her Grandfather to pancreatic cancer, Katherine knew she wanted to do something to change outcomes for people affected by a cancer with a 7% survival rate. Joining the fight against pancreatic cancer has been an important step in her grieving process.

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Leah Maher

“I still remember is was a Friday night in July when my Dad rang me. He rang to say he had Pancreatic Cancer and secondary Liver Cancer. His words were “it’s not good”. I assured him things will be fine”.

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Patrick Deehan

After a long battle with a rare cancer, Patrick Deehan was told he had 2-3 months to live. He shares his story.

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Graham Wells

In February 2015, Graham was told that he might have as little as three months to live. After getting a second opinion and undergoing surgery to remove the head of his pancreas, Graham spent four weeks recovering and was back working, initially part time and then full time and trying to live an active, healthy lifestyle. He feels is of the lucky ones.

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John Rowe

John Rowe was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma Cancer of the Bile Duct after visiting his GP for heartburn pain. He knew something was wrong, but would never have guessed it would change his life forever.

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Grace King

Grace King is a 53 year old mother of two from Fawkner, Victoria. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2014. With the assistance of Pancare, she hopes to increase awareness of this horrible disease.

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Ron Gibson

Ron Gibson and his family live in regional Victoria in a small town, Ararat. Ararat appears to have all the services you need, but like most regional cities in Australia, the range of services is often limited and patients and their families are forced to travel long distances.

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Ron Frolley

In December 2013, 67 year old Ron Frolley was given some devastating news… he had weeks to live.

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Ray Heidke

Ray Heidke and his two children months before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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Kim Walker

On February 2 this year, I casually scratched my stomach while stretching and felt a lump. It was big and scary and I knew that it was wrong. An ultrasound the next day showed something …

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Peter Lynch

When Melbourne businessman and father Peter Lynch was only 55, a colonoscopy revealed he had bowel cancer. It was aggressive and had spread throughout several surrounding organs including his liver. Even after surgery, his …

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Nathin Butler

He might be somewhat mysterious in his role as Luke Mackenzie on Winners & Losers but this Father’s Day Channel Seven’s Nathin Butler has bared all in the name of charity. Since becoming a new …

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