John Dale’s doctor suspected indigestion when he attended an appointment in September.
Two months later, after going to Noble’s accident and emergency department with abdominal pain, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
John, aged 65, faced a 12.5 hour operation at Royal Liverpool Hospital in December to remove part of his pancreas and stomach.
But last month John and wife Anne, of York Road, Douglas, received the devastating news the cancer had spread to his liver and abdominal aorta, and was terminal.
The couple, who have three children and welcomed their fourth grandchild’s arrival this month, are keen to raise awareness of the disease and money towards research.
John, a retired counters manager based at Isle of Man Post Office headquarters, said: ‘The prognosis is horrendous. Survival rates haven’t improved in the last 40 years.’
The five-year survival rate is 3 per cent – partly because it is often diagnosed late.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) John will go to Liverpool to see whether he is suitable to take part in a clinical trial.
‘I’m hopeful, firstly, that it will give me a bit longer, and secondly, that it will help someone in the future and lead to advances like some of the wonderful work scientists are doing with other cancers.’
Anne wants to see leaflets about the disease at Noble’s and all GP surgeries.
For his birthday, Sue and Graham France organised a party at Douglas Snooker Club. He asked for donations to Pancreatic Cancer UK. So far he has raised over £300.