Early Disease Detection

Famous People Who Suffered From Pancreatic Cancer

Steve Jobs is but one of a number of celebrities who suffered from pancreatic cancer. While it is a known fact that cancer of any form can strike anyone, regardless of stature in life, gender, and race, celebrities who suffer from a certain illness usually help raise awareness about the disease.

Other famous and high-profile people who suffered from pancreatic cancer include:

Dr. Ralph Steinman
A few days before Jobs passed away, another important figure also succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Dr. Steinman, a Canadian immunologist and cell biologist at Rockefeller University, died on September 30, 2011, three days before it was announced that he had won the 2011 Nobel prize in medicine, for his extraordinary work and contributions to cancer research.

Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze, the star of Dirty Dancing, as diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008. He did not, however, undergo surgery, but did undergo intense treatment. His cancer had spread to his liver, and he passed away on September 14, 2009.

Luciano Pavarotti
Pavarotti is a well-known and well-loved Italian tenor. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2006, and passed away on September 6, 2007.

Michael Landon
Most remembered for his role in “Little House on the Prairie,” Landon succumbed to pancreatic cancer a mere three months after being diagnosed. The cancer had spread to his lymph nodes and his liver at the time he was diagnosed, and his case was considered terminal. He passed away on July 1, 1991.

Joan Crawford
Crawford, voted the tenth greatest female star in the history of American cinema, may have succumbed to a heart attack, but she was also suffering from pancreatic cancer at the time of her death on May 10, 1977.


  1. Linda Butkus

    Let us not forget another important famous person who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer: Daniel Butkus.

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