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UW Department of Surgery

Learn more about the General Surgery Program

The Liver and Pancreas Program performs a higher volume of complex liver and pancreas operations than any other center in Wisconsin. Learn more about the program from the patients who received care, and discover what options may be available for you.

 

Against the Odds - A Pancreatic Cancer Survivor's Story

 

Alyssa Brewer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 37, a disease often considered terminal. Five of the first six doctors she spoke to initially treated her like a lost cause. But she was determined to survive, and with the help of her husband, changed her lifestyle and diet, and thirteen months later she showed no discrete tumor mass.

 

When she needed a risky surgery to survive, she turned to the UW Carbone Cancer Center and surgeon Dr. Sharon Weber.