Celebrities With Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a common form of cancer. It is the type of disease in which carcinogenic cells form in the pancreatic tissues. It is incredibly deadly since it cultivates and spreads quickly and is usually diagnosed in its late stages.

A projected 1.6% of people are likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at some point in their lives. About half of all new cases are diagnosed in people aged 70 and over.

According to figures, over about 50,000 demises from pancreatic cancer occur every year in the United States. It is expected that by the next ten to fifteen years, pancreatic cancer will become the second leading cause of death from cancer. Statistically, only 7% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive more than five years. As of now, just 2% of people with pancreatic cancer are alive after ten years.


The leading cause of pancreatic cancer are obesity and tobacco smoking. Ordinary indications of pancreatic cancer may include: Pain in the upper abdomen which can affects your back causing back pains. A lack of energy and depression are both common signs of those with pancreatic cancer. Most patients also experience abnormal and sudden weight loss attributed to appetite loss. Blood clots and new onset of diabetes are also signs and symptoms of those who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Diagnosticians identified the longest-serving liberal judge of SCOTUS with a malignant tumor. Shortly afterward, surgeons eliminated her pancreas as well as the spleen. RBG had already undergone operation and therapies to treat colon cancer in 1999. In her documentary, Ginsburg celebrated her cancer as a chance to see people clearly and enjoy every moment of life. On September 18, 2020 Ruth Bader Gingsberg died just 46 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.

My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.

Ginsburg told her granddaughter days before her passing,

She was 87 years old. Her last dying wish was that her position would not be replaced in the Supreme Court until a new president of the United States was in office.

Alex Trebek

Alex is the fan-favorite anchor of the highly-rated show. He declared in the early months of the last year that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer. He said that it began with stomach ache that would not pass. Despite being sick, he was shooting for his game-show during the time he was getting treated. He often takes part in charity drives, and host shows to collect funds for pancreatic cancer research.

I feel the need to clarify my quote that, if my course of cancer treatment does not continue to work, I would consider stopping treatment. That quote from the book was written BEFORE my current regimen, and I was going through some bad times. My current numbers are very good, but we will have to be patient with this new immunotherapy program that I am on. But, if it were to stop being successful, I would return to my previous chemo treatment — NOT stop all treatment. I apologize for any confusion, and want everyone to know that I am optimistic about my current plan, and thank them for their concerns.

Alex Trebeck

After the release of his memoir, he said he would NOT consider foregoing continuation of his cancer treatment if it no longer worked. Sadly on November 8, 2020 at the age of 79 years old, Alex lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a very rare type of neuro-endocrine tumor was by accident. HE had gone in to do a CT-scan to look for kidney stones when a “shadow” of something was spotted on his pancreas. It was not pancreatic cancer itself, but was causing initiation of carcinogenic cells in the pancreas. Doctors wanted to operated and remove the tumor but obs didn’t want his body violated and resorted to alternative medicine treatment, which he later regretted by the time it was too late.

I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn’t get an operation earlier] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened…I didn’t want to be violated in that way. I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking…we talked about this a lot,He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.

Walter Isaacson in Steve Jobs: A Biography

Unfortunately, it had spread to Jobs’ liver and successful operation could not be performed. As a result, Jobs resigned from Apple as CEO in 2011. He died from the illness in October of 2011.

Alan Rickman

Alan makes a name for himself in playing bad guys with really intimidating personalities such as his roles like the Sheriff of Nottingham in the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieve (1991),who can forget the memorable wicked Hans Gruber in Die Hard, or most importantly, Severus Snape in the franchise of Harry Potter.

It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.” – No matter how terrifying the unknown seems to us, it is the only place where anything can happen.

Alan Rickman

He was 69 years old when he died from pancreatic cancer on January 14, 2016 after battling it just a few months following a small stroke he had suffered.

Patrick Swayze

Patrick was a very famous actor; whose first major hit was The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing and Roadhouse. Afterward, he played memorable roles like the dance teacher in Dirty Dancing. He had pancreatic cancer.

He died after 20 months of the diagnosis, in 2009 at age 57.

I’m going through hell. I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light.

January 5,2009

Michael Landon

People may know Michael Landon as the Little Joe from Bonanza, or as the Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. In April 1991, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He said that if someone wants to beat something, they should do it with a sense of humor because there is no benefit of standing alone.

You can die of the cure before you die of the illness. I’ve fought hard and now I’m weary to the bone. I’m going to beat this cancer or die trying. I don’t mind dying if I have to, but I’m damned if I want to pay for the guarantee. I’m sorry.

Michael Landon

He died at the young age of 54 in 1991.

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford is the fabulous Hollywood actress. She was extremely famous during the era of silent movies. She starred in more than 80 films over the span of 50 years. Joan is an Academy-Award winning actress who played her role to perfection in Mildred Pierce.

Send me flowers while I’m alive. They won’t do me a damn bit of good after I’m dead.

Joan Crawford

She was fighting pancreatic cancer when she died from cardiac arrest. Her age was 69.

Aretha Franklin

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was struck with the rare type of harmful cells in the pancreas. Her condition was very similar to Steve Jobs. Franklin’s illness was kept a secret for many years. Her final act was at an AIDS Foundation in 2017.

You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.

Aretha Franklin

She died at the age of 76 in 2018.

John Hurt

John Hurt was a renowned British actor famous for his role in Alien, and the Harry Potter film series. Few years back, he openly discussed his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, which was in its early stages at that time. He was very optimistic about beating cancer and kept working hard even during his treatment.

We are all racing towards death. No matter how many great, intellectual conclusions we draw during our lives, we know they’re all only man-made, like God. I begin to wonder where it all leads. What can you do, except do what you can do as best you know how.

John Hurt, January 28, 2017

Hurt always wished for the best and never lost hope during his struggle.

Luciano Pavarotti

Pavarotti was the madly famous opera tenor singer in every opera house and music halls around the world. Some of his collaborations are really famous like his songs with Spice Girls, Bono, James Brown and other significant musical stars at that time. During the break of 2006, he underwent surgery to remove the cancerous mass from pancreas.

‘I am going to die; I am going to my death. ‘

Just before every performance, Pavaratti would say

He could not cope up with the complications of pancreatic cancer and passed away when he was 71 years old.

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones became instantly famous when she dropped her album Dap-Dipping in 2002. It was a mix-up of classical music as well as different genres but mostly funk and soul. Reputation, wealth, and a number of more hit albums came afterwards. Then doctors diagnosed her with pancreatic cancer. In order to contest it, they detached a portion of her pancreas, the entire gallbladder and 18 inches of small intestine was removed. Unfortunately, she was in remission after almost nine months.

I Have Cancer; Cancer Don’t Have Me.

Sharon Jones

She passed away from the cancer at 60.

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy is a big name in jazz musical history. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that he invented a new beat in the early 40s. He was always respected by his fellow performers as well as POTUS.

There have been two great revelations in my life: The first was bepop, the second was homeopathy.

Dizzy Gillespie

He was being treated but he died in 1993 at the age of 75.

Sally Ride

Sally Ride will always be remembered as one of the first women astronauts as well as the youngest US citizen to go into space. Moreover, she was also the first US female to fly in the space shuttle challenger.

I’ve spent my whole life not talking to people, and I don’t see why I should start now.

Sally Ride

She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and treated for about 17 months when she lost the battle to threatening disease in 2012 at the age of 61.

In addition to Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years, Sally is survived by her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin, and nephew, Whitney; her staff of 40 at Sally Ride Science; and many friends and colleagues around the country.


She was an incredibly private person and it wasn’t until in her obituary that she revealed she was gay.

Gene Upshaw

Gene Upshaw is a legend in the history of football. He played more than 14 seasons. He had several records to his name, like being able to qualify for Super Bowl in three dissimilar periods. He passed so quickly that the whole world was left shaken. In 2008, he felt extremely sick and was admitted to the emergency room and identified with pancreatic cancer. Within three days, Upshaw passed away. As a tribute to Upshaw, NFL announced that every player would wear Upshaw’s 63 on during the opening game of 2008.

Benjamin Orr

Benjamin was the bassist and co-founder of the 80s rock band The Cars. He was also the voice behind few of the biggest hits of that time like Let’s go, Drive, Stay the Night, and many more. He was the heartthrob member of The Cars that every female was ‘in love’ with.

When Ben got out of the hospital he said, ‘When I fall down and can’t pick myself up we’ll know it’s over. Until then, we rock!’

Jeff Carlisi Benjamin Orr was the co-founder, co-lead singer, and bassist for the platinum-selling rock band The Cars.

He died just a week after his live performance as he was diagnosed with the last stage of pancreatic cancer in 2000.

Rex Harrison

Sir Rex Harrison was an excellent English stage and screen actor and the winner of the prestigious Tony Award. Who can forget his role as Professor Higgins in “My Fair Lady” with Audrey Hepburn. His most famous role was in the stage play Anne of the Thousand Days.

Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what’s wrong with it.

Rex Harrison

He died of pancreatic cancer at the ripe age of 82.

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae became famous around the whole country from her TV show. She also starred in its spin-off, which ran for a period of nine seasons. Rae was diagnosed with malignant cells in pancreas in 2009.

All we have is today. Just live it. We don’t know about tomorrow. So, enjoy the day. Love yourself, and spread love around.

Charlotte Rae

She passed away peacefully at her home when her age was 92.

Donna Reed

Reed was an American film and television producer as well as an actress who got critical acclaim for her role in It’s A Wonderful Life.

When you handle yourself, use your head; when you handle others, use your heart.

Donna Reed

She died from pancreatic cancer in 1986.

Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni is a renowned Italian film actor. He has been a part of some of the most famous movies like the Dark Eyes, City of Women, Yesterday, Divorce Italian Style, and many others.

Woman is the sun, an extraordinary creature, one that makes the imagination gallop.

Marcello Mastroianni

He died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 72 in 1996.

Jack Benny

Jack was an American radio jockey, comic, and movie actor who is known as a leading American entertainer.

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Jack Benny

He died in December 1974 at age 80 due to an unworkable pancreatic cancer.

Anne Francis

She was an American actress who is best acknowledged for her character in Forbidden Planet as well as the popular television series Honey West (1965–1966). Anne was a force to be reckon with and had aspiration to be more than just a sexy blonde. She wanted to direct films but at the time, women were not allowed.

“Most young blondes in those days [’50s] were not taken too seriously. I had wanted to work on a project [directing] all my own from beginning to end for many years. I had managers who said, ‘Look, you’re an actress. You’re not supposed to do that other business.’ And now I look at all the women today who are doing it, and no one’s batting an eyelash.”

Anne Francis

Anne died on January 2, 2011, aged 80, from complications due to pancreatic cancer.

Henry Mancini

He was an American musician who is best recalled for his film and television background music or scores. Mancini was also a winner of a Golden Globe, four Academy Awards, and twenty Grammy Awards.

If you’re feeling fancy free, come wander through the world with me, and any place we chance to be, will be a rendezvous. Two for the road, we’ll travel through the years, collecting precious memories, selecting souvenirs and living life the way we please.

Henry Mancini

He died in Los Angeles due to pancreatic cancer.

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks was an American community critic, comic, stand-up comedian, and performer. His material was provocative, and often immersed in dark comedy.

I left in love, in laughter, and in truth, and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit. Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.

Bill Hick

On February 26, 1994, Bill perished from the impacts of pancreatic cancer in Little Rock at the age of 32.

Count Basie

He was a renowned Jazz pianist, composer, orchestra creator, organist, and bandleader. Count Basie, in 1958 was the first Grammy winner who was African American. Known for his Swing music hits “One O’Clock Jump” and “Blue Skies.”

I’m saying: to be continued, until we meet again. Meanwhile, keep on listening and tapping your feet.

Count Basie

At the age of 79, Count Basie died in Florida due to pancreatic cancer.

Fred Gwynne

Fred was a multi-faceted person with excellent talent in acting, writing, and singing. He became famous for his roles in The Munsters and Car 54.

When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a portrait painter. As I got to be older, I realized that as a portrait painter I wouldn’t be able to support a goldfish.

Fred Gwynne

He died due to pancreatic cancer, which had become too severe and advanced to treat.