Mt. Vernon man tells his story of pancreatic cancer survival

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, but one Mount Vernon man is sharing his pancreatic cancer survival story with News 12, hoping it will inspire others.

Sixty-year-old Tom Martin received the diagnosis a year and a half ago. The disease runs in his family, and his mother and several relatives all died of the same illness. After being diagnosed, Martin vowed to fight the disease.

"It's a life-changing event when you hear the word cancer and then when you hear the word pancreatic cancer, it's even more so because it doesn't have a good history," said Martin.

According to Martin's physician, Dr. Beth Schrope, when pancreatic cancer is usually discovered, it?s already too late.

Martin underwent an invasive surgical procedure to remove part of his pancreas and he was told that the cancer had not spread to his liver or blood vessels.

Five months later, Tom was able to take part in the Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk hosted by the Lustgarten Foundation, named after a young Cablevision executive who died from the disease.

The Lustgarten Foundation is underwritten by Cablevision, which is the corporate parent of News 12.

Tomorrow, part two of the special will air documenting Martin's chemotherapy and the advances made in fighting pancreatic cancer.

The Lustgarten Foundation

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