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Bob's children were just three and five years old when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bob says, "I couldn't imagine them growing up without a father." Over the next few months, Bob underwent chemo and radiation treatments to shrink the tumor so that it could be surgically removed.

When he met with his oncologist at his local hospital, Bob was told that, while the treatments had worked partially, he was not operable and would never become operable. He should go home and get his affairs in order.

Bob then came to NewYork-Presbyterian and met with Dr. Chabot for a second opinion. Dr. Chabot saw a discrepancy in his charts. Even though the other hospital told Bob that he was inoperable, Dr. Chabot believed that he had enough margins around his tumor to be operated on. After further tests, it was determined that Bob could undergo surgery. He was elated. Bob's surgery, though complex, was successful. Now years later, he shows no sign of cancer.

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