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Pancreatic cancer diagnosis now still a death sentence

I am Cloé, 48 years old, mother of two children. In the summer of 2016, I was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. With that news, the ground disappears from under your feet and life seems to slip out of your hands. I knew this diagnosis was a death sentence. When it turned out that I did not have ordinary pancreatic cancer but a treatable form, I knew I might have a future. It turned out to be the rare cancer NET (neuroendocrine tumors). With several PRRT treatments, the tumors were supposed to shrink. Then it could be decided whether I was also operable.

During my first meeting with Prof. Dr. Casper van Eijck, he was immediately clear and spoke the words, now legendary to me, "This surgery is difficult - but I can and will do it!". He was very resolute and clear. Presented me with the facts, the pros and cons and the possible complications. Which, fortunately, I did not have to experience.

In the summer of 2016, I was in the Erasmus Medical Center. I had been toying with the idea of making beautiful candles before, but while I was in the hospital in Rotterdam, I resolved to pursue that dream. As long as my situation allowed. At the same time the idea arose to give something back to Support Casper. With my candle brand L'AIMÉ, I offer candles to commemorate special moments. For Support Casper I produced a special candle of which we donate part of the proceeds to the foundation.

My wish is that in the near future, with pioneering research by Support Casper, a treatment can be developed for pancreatic cancer that can give future patients a more hopeful outlook. So much work has already been done to make other previously still deadly cancers chronic - the same should and can be done for pancreatic cancer.

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L'aimé is an initiative of Cloé Kersten.
When she faced pancreatic cancer in July 2016, hundreds of candles were lit for her by those close to her.
A gesture of hope and support that inspired her to create candles for special moments.

With Casper van Eijck, the doctor who was instrumental in her recovery, some light is coming into the dark situation.
Someone she describes as extremely professional, nononsense, and also a passionate person with a higher purpose:
find an effective treatment for pancreatic cancer. Fortunately for Cloé, it turns out to be a neuroendocrine tumor and is surgically removed.
This was the moment she decided to shine light on Casper's extraordinary work and dedication.

To contribute to the fight against pancreatic cancer, 15.00 euros from the "Support Casper" candle will be donated to the Foundation for Surviving Pancreatic Cancer.

Every year, at least 3,000 people in the Netherlands are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In recent years, Prof. Dr. Casper van Eijck, pancreatic cancer specialist at Erasmus MC, saw no improvement for patients. In 2015, Support Casper, the campaign of the Foundation for Surviving with Pancreatic Cancer, was created to raise awareness about this serious former trying to treat pancreatic cancer effectively.

For the research, Prof. Dr. Van Eijck assembled a multidisciplinary team (OVIT) that includes virologists, molecular biologists, immunologists and neurosurgeons. The team is working tooth and nail to find an answer against the ravages of pancreatic cancer, focusing on "oncolytic viroimmunotherapy. 

In the short term, the virus production facility, a so-called Clean Room, built at Erasmus MC, after which the actual production of various, proprietary, viruses can be started. Essential for continuing the research in its own way and at its own discretion. A lot of money is needed for this.