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Friends of Barbara Decker

Our friend Barbara Decker lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17, 2000. Barbara and Kevin were high school sweethearts - they met in 1969 at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, PA. To see photos of Barb, Kevin, and their kids - click here.

Over 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year.
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This website is primarily to promote awareness of pancreatic cancer and its impact on American families. Visit our online resources for information and links to a variety of pancreatic cancer resources and research foundations.

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Cancer of the pancreas is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This year approximately 37,000 Americans and 188,000 worldwide will die from cancer of the pancreas. The disease is not only common, but it is also extremely difficult to treat. For these and other reasons, cancer of the pancreas was called "the challenge of the nineties". Unfortunately, it is still a challenge.

"The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution has become the leading center for the treatment and study of pancreas cancer.

Surgical removal ("resection") of the cancer is currently the only chance for a cure for patients with cancer of the pancreas. Fortunately, great strides have been made in the surgical treatment of this disease.

The 5-year survival rate for patients who underwent a Whipple procedure for cancer of the pancreas here at Hopkins is now approaching 25% (40% for some patient subgroups), compared with a 5-year survival rate of less than 3% overall for patients who do not receive treatment.

Unfortunately, many cancers of the pancreas are not resectable at the time of presentation. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the main treatments offered to patients whose entire tumor cannot be removed surgically ("unresectable cancers"). "


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Richard Crenna - 1926 - 2003 (actor)

Alan Bates - 1934 - 2003 (actor)

Emily Couric - 1947 - 2001 (Virginia state senator)

Michael Landon - 1936-1991 (actor)
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Harry Blackstone Jr. - 1934 - 1997 (Magician)

Juliet Prowse - 1936-1996 (actor)
Detroit News account

Henry Mancini - 1924-1994 (composer)
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Donna Reed - 1921-1986 (actress)
Donna Reed Foundation

Vince Edwards - 1928 - 1996 (actor)

Marcello Mastroianni - 1924-1996 (actor)
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Count Basie (William Allen) - 1904 - 1984 (composer)

Johannes Brahms - -1897 (composer)

Bill Hicks - 1961-1994 (comic/musician)
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Dizzy Gillespie - 1917-1993 (musician)

Fred Gwynne - 1926 - 1993 (actor)

Rex Harrison - 1908 - 1990 (actor)

Fiorello La Guardia - 1882 - 1947 (NYC mayor)

Joan Crawford - 1904 - 1977 (actor)

Simone Signoret - 1921 - 1985 (actor)

Irving Wallace - 1916 - 1990 (writer)

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