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Prof. Carlo De Luca was the type of rare person who thought deeply and scientifically about all aspects of life, health and research.

As his medical oncologist, I was proud to share Carlo’s pancreatic cancer journey with him and his wonderful wife, Devi. Carlo was resilient and a true fighter throughout his cancer course. I was so impressed that he continued to write and publish until the very end. Metastatic pancreatic cancer is usually a devastating diagnosis with an average survival of less than a year, even with treatment. Originally diagnosed in 2014, Carlo valiantly beat all odds and did so with grace and kindness.

One of Carlo’s most remarkable qualities was his ability always to be engaged creatively in research, both his own and others. I will always remember Carlo’s enthusiasm when my team was awarded a large NIH grant to study better methods for the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

As fellow researchers, we both understood the passion, diligence and hard work necessary to make substantial and influential contributions to science, as Carlo did. In this respect, Carlo became a mentor to me — offering academic advice and celebrating success. Carlo was a special person whose life, wisdom and research impacted many. Although I will miss Carlo greatly, his energy and spirit live on in our effort to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Rebecca Miksad, MD, MPH

Rebecca Miksad

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