The All Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer on behalf of Pancreatic Cancer UK launched a new report stressing the need to draw more resources and attention to tackle pancreatic cancer across the country on 25th of November in Parliament.
The event provided a fantastic platform for patients, carers, care specialists and parliamentarians to come together and share their experiences and views on this deadly disease.
It is thought that pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the fourth biggest cancer killer by 2030 and while it is the tenth most common form of cancer, it is also the fifth most common cause of cancer mortality. The fact that Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate amongst the 21 most common forms of cancer and hasn’t seen any significant improvements in survival rates over the last four decades underlines the need to take action in tackling this disease.
This new report, titled ‘Time to change the Story,’ set out a plan of action to tackle this disease. The report emphasised the need to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms, review existing diagnostic services and carry out a comprehensive audit of pancreatic cancer treatment to explain why patients across the country receive different quality care levels.
I believe the report launched at the reception and the recommendations made are a big step forward in addressing and improving care for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.