Project Purple Podcast Episode 261 – Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Ilisha Helfman

Meet Ilisha Helfman of Portland, Oregon. She was given a dire diagnosis along with suggestions of burial arrangements from her doctor, but two and a half years later, she is living her life to the fullest thanks to her positive mindset.

Despite battling pancreatic cancer, she’s dancing through her neighborhood to the tunes of BTS and other K-Pop hits while walking her dog. She spends her days enjoying painting, knitting, and K-Dramas. Don’t miss this heartwarming episode of the Project Purple Podcast.

Ilisha celebrated her 3-year survival anniversary on Sept. 22nd, 2023. At that point she’d had 60 folfirinox-based rounds of chemo and her CA19-9 dropped to 86.

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For more info about some of the resources Ilisha mentioned…

Bass Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology

Yale Pancreas Cancer Support Group
475 227-9120

Stretch Appeal Dance at BodyVox
503 229-0627

Imerman Angels, one-on-one support

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