UC hosts Pancreatic Cancer Symposium for patients & caregivers
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A wonderful husband and wife got hooked up with the team at the UC Cancer Institute after a ski trip to Colorado.
They share their story to help promote a free cancer symposium the weekend of February 17, for patients and caregivers on pancreatic cancer. Their story isn't just one about a breakthrough cancer trial, it's about those days where you get up and you feel everywhere you turn there's a mountain to climb.
He thought he just had altitude sickness on a family ski trip in the Colorado mountains but by the time Doug Lange got an imaging test just as a precaution, "The radiologist and the emergency room doctor said, 'You have altitude sickness, but you do have a tumor on your pancreas," he shared.
Before Doug and his wife Sandi could even recover, "We were so shocked when we were told that and when we were in the mountains," said Sandi.
They got a second blow from imaging tests reviewed by Dr. Jordan Kharofa, a radiation oncologist who specializes in tumors of the pancreas. It turned out Doug's tumor was so close to a main blood vessel it wasn't considered medically safe for Kharofa's team to remove it. So the medical team enrolled him in a clinical trial showing major progress against the disease. It sort of shocks the system prior to other treatment, and so far at least for Doug, he's had remarkable success.
Dr. Kharofa said, "Part of this trial condenses a five and a half week course of radiation with weekly chemotherapy to five treatments total."
Sure enough, the two week therapy that normally takes a year got Doug's tumor far enough away from the vessels so he could have surgery and treatment needed to get it to go away. A few months later, Doug and Sandi got really good news. Doug's tumors were gone. He was put on a follow-up regimen with every three months for five years.
He did have a few appearance changes. Doug lost 105 pounds, 12 inches around his waist and 3 inches around his collar.
The trial holds major promise now for others with the disease. The cancer symposium is Saturday afternoon, February 18, at the Cooper Creek Event Center in Blue Ash.
It is free and it's a great place to learn more about clinical trials for pancreatic cancer and others.