Weydert is fortunate for two reasons: she didn’t let a global pandemic get in the way of getting medical care, and she quickly accessed state-of-the-art treatment at the cancer center at UC Davis.

“Coming down with cancer during the coronavirus pandemic was bad enough,” said Weydert. “Finding out I had pancreatic cancer terrified me because I know it is a difficult cancer to beat. Dr. Bold gave me hope that I could beat it.”

Other than possible signs of jaundice early on, the symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often subtle until the cancer starts to advance. Weydert’s daughter pleaded with her mother to get medical attention after Weydert repeatedly complained of feeling nauseous right after eating and felt a nagging pain in the right side of her abdomen.

“Pancreatic cancer doesn’t care if there’s COVID-19,” said Weydert. “It’s not going to back down.”