Edward Williams first noticed a rash on his groin and legs after playing golf one day in the rain. He thought he might have been exposed to poison ivy or had an allergic reaction to chemicals on the wet grass. But he never suspected it was a sign of a rare pancreatic cancer.
The blistering sores spread to his arms, legs and even his eyes. The Waterport, N.Y., software developer went from doctor to doctor, trying every treatment from light therapy to topical ointments to oral steroids.