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In her book, 5.4%: Beating the Odds of Pancreatic Cancer, "I am not a doctor, nor a licensed medical professional," says Juliette Guidara. "I just care." She describes how the pancreas is shaped like a thin pear lying on its side. The wider end of the gland is called the head, the middle section is called the body, and the narrow end is called the tail. Lying behind the stomach and in front of the spine, its two main jobs are to produce the juices that help our bodies digest food, and to produce hormones such as insulin and glucagon, to control blood sugar levels and to help store and use the energy derived from food. Endocrine cells produce the hormones, and exocrine cells, where 95% of pancreatic cancers begin, produce the digestive juices. In 2012, according to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that 43,920 men and women will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and that the disease will result in 37,390 deaths.

When Juliette's husband Frank was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only eleven days before the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary, they had no idea how it would drastically change their lives. "From our experience, and all the pancreatic cancer patients we talked to over the last few years, the traditional approach by the American Medical Association includes surgery (if possible), radiation (traditional or proton beam), and various forms of chemotherapy," says Juliette. "Realizing that following this protocol exclusively would give Frank a 5.4% five-year survival chance, we knew we had to do much more.

Juliette planned to write her book quite a few years ago, but every time she thought about it, painful memories would force her to put the project aside. "Then one day, I got a call from Ed Gold who told me that it was selfish not to share our success and what we had learned with other people," she says. "Who wants to be selfish? Besides, I promised God that if Frank lived, I'd tell everyone about it."

A story about the power of commitment, courage and deep love, 5.4% Beating the Odds of Pancreatic Cancer was written for patients and their families and friends. They will find the author's words honest, informative and deeply inspiring.

To schedule your Pancreatic Cancer telephone consultation with Juliette, click on the "Appointments" tab above, select: Coaching and make your selection. You can also email to: Juliette@CenterOfThought.com or call her at 781.593.4222