Pancreatic Cancer

Over 55,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. Of those, 44,000 will die of it.

Sixteen years ago, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Mission Chair Roberta Luna was diagnosed with the disease. She recalls what it was like to hear the diagnosis from her doctor after losing three family members to the disease. The doctor was apologetic about telling her she had the disease and told her to get her house in order. She felt like it was a punch in the stomach. He immediately had her start treatment.

Luna says she was determined not to be a statistic but a survivor.

She’s a guest on our public affairs show “Collage,” which airs this evening at seven. Collage” can also be heard anytime on

On November 17th, the Pan-Can will host a Purplestride at William Mason Regional Park in Irvine to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. 

Dawn Kamber