"It's just a routine."
Brian Dickmann was diagnosed with stage 4 non-operable pancreatic cancer two years ago.
"It was the most devastating thing I've ever heard," Dickmann said.
On Wednesday, he went in for his 59th chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic.
"Pancreas cancer is going to be the second leading cause of death by 2030 if we don't do anything," said Dr. Kabir Mody, Dickmann’s oncologist.
He said there is no cure for pancreatic cancer but Mayo will be starting a trial with a new drug in a few months that could give patients hope.
"Prolonging life, better responses, better shrinkage of the disease, and that's what we're looking for," Mody said.
But Dr. Mody says more awareness and funding for the deadly disease is needed.
With his kind of diagnosis, Dickmann says doctors told him to have a plan.
"And I said I have a plan, he goes ‘what is it?’ and I said ‘I want to see my grandson get married.’ He
said ‘That's a great plan.’ He said ‘how old is he?’ I said ‘Almost 2,’ ha ha ha,” Dickmann said.
He admits its hasn't been an easy journey.
"It's painful but you gotta have that smile on your face and it helps a lot," he said.
But his true support system has been his family.
"When I’m around them, the grandkids, my kids, the world goes away I have no pain," Dickmann said.
Other days he says it’s hard not to think about how long he has left.
"I think about it, I try not to, but it's reality," he said.
But he's not done fighting and he hopes others will join him.
"We know what I have, so we're sharing that time and that's what we're very thankful for," Dickmann said.
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