My hope is that some day, the words "a cure" won't be followed by the words "is impossible." He died 20 months after diagnosis.His wife, Lisa Niemi, has stayed active in raising awareness around pancreatic cancer, signing on as a national spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.One fan talks about how Buell was sick, and his mom writes, "He's ill, but not from cancer. You all need to stop believing his lies and stop enabling him....He recently attended a retreat for the PRS and wrote on his Facebook afterwards: ‘I won't lie, I have been in and out of the hospital all week, and sadly some of the PRS Retreat people didn't get to have as much time with me as I had hoped. In 2012, he canceled some shows claiming he was fighting pancreatic cancer.In late 2013, Buell told People Magazine he was close to remission, ready to tour again and he started selling tickets for 2014 to another tour. Buell later moved to Pennsylvania and once again started advertising shows and connecting with his fans on his Facebook page.I am pleading with you out of LOVE for my son and I'm frightened by what his situation has become."Fans and one-time fans quickly commented on Buell's mother's post.
Buell is not alone in his fight against pancreatic cancer -- take a look at some other famous faces of the condition: The beloved star of "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing" died after a battle with pancreatic cancer in September 2009, at the age of 57.
And though he blamed himself at first for the January 2008 diagnosis, he soon emerged with a new attitude.
"I was not ready to go, and I'd be damned if this disease was going to take me before I was good and ready," he said in the tapes.
Plus, it's hard to catch early in the first place because symptoms may not arise until it's too late.
People who are overweight or obese, who have pancreatitis, who have diabetes, who smoke, who are African-American, have a family history of certain medical conditions that could raise cancer risk, or have a family history of pancreatic cancer itself are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic.