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Park City Man and His Father Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Park City Man and His Father Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Posted - Jan. 8, 2004 at 10:00 p.m.



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Ed Yeates reporting Here's a message for Bobbye Sloan from another player in the same game, fighting with everything he's got in trying to beat the odds of pancreatic cancer.

In fact this Park City man is somewhat of a rarity.

What Bobbye Sloan said at the Delta Center Thursday is echoed by a father-son duo who both have pancreatic cancer.

Howard Cadwit and his father, who lives out of state, both are fighting pancreatic cancer at the same time - a rarity in itself.

Howard Cadmit/ Cancer Survivor: "You have to be strong. You have to be a gamer, as Mike Morgan would say. You have to just keep fighting."

Howard has survived now for more than ten months, his father for more than three years.

Their swing in this brutal game remains upbeat and positive. They take each day at a time.

Cadmit: "Do the things you like to do and keep doing them, and don't stop doing them."

Sound familiar! That was Bobbye's approach today. Though it's a mean cancer with the patient's chance of survival perhaps one to three years, life for the Sloans will go on at its fullest.

For Howard and Bobbye, despite the cancer, the glass is still half full.

Cadwit: "I'm going to go down fighting, going down swinging."

"It gives me great peace of mind knowing that I'm getting the best treatment that is out there."

Some of those treatments include a new drug called Gemcitabine. It's not only used alone but in combination with new targeting agents which go specifically after the tumors.

And research continues searching for even better weapons, especially a way to screen for pancreatic cancer before it becomes life threatening.

Howard knows his pancreatic cancer is worse than his father's, but still..

"My prognosis is not nearly as favorable as his, and I just try and not think about that and not worry about it. Hey, it's 2004 and I'm still here."

Trying to beat the odds. Cancer patients play the game every day. Bobbye, Howard and others do it very well.

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