Michael J. Lippe’s Story – Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient & His Doctor Balance Hope & Truth In December 2007, Michael J. Lippe was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. It was inoperable and incurable. On average, 20% of pancreatic cancer patients live one year. Pancreatic Cancer Action logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Five percent live five years. Median survival is four to six months. Most of those who survive are among the 15% eligible for a surgical procedure known as the Whipple, which carves the tumor out of the pancreas. Lippe was not eligible for this procedure because... (Read More ...)