Why did you choose UCSF?
My wife and I decided that this was a serious disease and we would move wherever we had to for the best treatment. I had surgery after I was diagnosed, and while I was in the hospital, my wife tapped into our network of friends and family and identified all the top medical centers in America. She created a road show of places for us to visit, and UCSF was one of them.
After we met with Dr. Tempero, I turned to my wife in the elevator and said, "We don't need to go to any of the other doctors. We'll get the best care here."
What impressed you so much?
Dr. Tempero is really a rock star in medicine and in this field. She exudes confidence. She'll give you the straight answers, but she'll encourage you along the way. Her spirit never flagged even when ours sometimes did.
When you asked Dr. Tempero about your odds, what did she tell you?
She said, "Individuals beat pancreatic cancer. We're going to treat you as an individual." That was the last time we talked about odds. Here it is eight years later.