Eric Dranoff Obituary, Death – I am deeply saddened to inform the death of my loving spouse, Eric Dranoff. On April 23, 2004, he died of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. If this news has taken you by surprise, believe me, so has our entire family and extended family… Eric was not feeling well at the end of January and suspected he had food poisoning. He was examined, and we suspected he had an ulcer and/or an esophageal problem. But he continued to deteriorate. During the month of February, he felt he was doing better, but numerous changes occurred quickly, and it became clear that he had been misdiagnosed and that something was very wrong. We went to the ER at the end of February and found out at the end of the night that he had a huge tumour on his pancreas. We were heartbroken.
All of his symptoms corresponded to stage 4. We sobbed. We tried everything we could to aid him from then on. We found him the top oncologist in NYC, and he began with chemo. The beast of PC was killing him from all sides, and he became weak, had difficulty walking, and had no appetite. The cancer had spread to the lining of his stomach, and the outlook was bleak.
I’m telling you all of this to raise awareness about this dreadful, horrible cancer that killed my spouse and left my four children fatherless. Pancreatic cancer will hide in your body for a whole year before erupting, and when it does, it will erupt with a vengeance. It is one of the most dangerous malignancies.
From start to end, it killed him in five weeks. This beast of a disease has no cure or early diagnosis. Eric had been extremely healthy his entire life and possessed none of the characteristics associated with this type of cancer. Not a single one! He did, however, obtain it. If I sound completely heartbroken, that’s because I am. Pancreatic cancer will affect approximately 64,050 persons in 2023. This disease will kill 55,050 people out of that total. CONSIDER THOSE NUMBERS!!! THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. More needs to be done so that people do not have to suffer and die like my spouse did in five weeks.
I’ve been crying for weeks and I’m still crying. I am helpless, and now I must bury my husband. My children and I are also struggling. If you like to attend the funeral or shiva, please contact me via private message. No one should have to go through what our family has gone through because I lost my best buddy. Eric will always be missed and loved by me.
He was and always will be my heart. ❤️