Here's the truth...average life expectancy is 5-9 months. Those that survive longer are usually because they catch it earlier. Having said that, yes I know of someone who has survived for years. Chemotherapy has for the most part been shown to be completely ineffective for pancreatic cancer, although it is still widely prescribed because, frankly, there is nothing else to offer. There is a relatively new type of chemo regimen that seems to be helpful in shrinking some peoples tumors thus extending life expectancy for some. The overall death rate for this type of cancer has not changed despite all the research. Be positive with your friend...he/she is going to need it. The Lustgarten Foundation is the leader in providing funds for research and information. Johns Hopkins has done tremendous work on this type of cancer. If caught extremely early, they can perform what's called a whipple procedure but the tumor must be small enough. Sorry I threw a lot of info. out there but this is an area that really touches my heart.