“Everyone knows about breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer. But when they told me what I had I said ‘pancreas? What’s that?'” said Mrs Thompson, 56.

Trish Thompson will tell you she’s a very lucky woman.

A pain in her side sent her to Liverpool Hospital one night in June. Doctors diagnosed her with pancreatic cancer. They caught it early, and they could cut it out.

Pancreatic cancer is dwarfed by the awareness campaigns of other cancers with high incidence rates, but the oft-forgotten condition has the poorest survival rate of them all, with less than seven per cent of patients still alive five years after diagnosis.

The low number of cases and the large proportion of inoperable tumours mean many NSW hospitals have little experience performing pancreatectomies.

“Everyone knows about breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer. But when they told me what I had I said ‘pancreas? What’s that?'” said Mrs Thompson, 56. Read her full story here

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