Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, is supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK’s ‘Campaign for Hope’, which launched during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November. The Campaign for Hope aims to double survival rates in five years – potentially saving up to 250 lives a year.
Stuart Andrew was alerted to the challenges faced by pancreatic cancer patients by Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal cancer in the UK with just 3% of pancreatic cancer patients surviving five years beyond diagnosis. Research undertaken for Pancreatic Cancer UK’s in-depth Study for Survival (see notes to editors) highlighted that pancreatic cancer patients often face challenges at every stage of their treatment journey – from late diagnosis, to inconsistencies in treatment and post-operative care and support.
By addressing these inconsistencies and ensuring the disease receives increased focus and funding, Pancreatic Cancer UK - in collaboration with healthcare professionals, researchers and other organisations with an interest in pancreatic cancer is confident that the lives of twice as many patients can be saved in the next five years, which is the key aim of the Campaign.
Stuart Andrew commented: “I am fully supportive of the aims of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Campaign for Hope. In this day and age, there is no adequate reason for constituents in the Yorkshire Cancer Network to have less of a chance of survival than a patient from another Cancer Network. It is only by ensuring the disease benefits from greater focus and investment that survival rates can be improved, which is long overdue. I would encourage the local community to do everything they can to show their support for Pancreatic Cancer UK’s vital work and help raise much needed cash to reach its goal of doubling survival rates within the next five years.”
• For further information on Pancreatic Cancer UK, the findings from the Study for Survival and the Campaign for Hope please visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk or contact: Samantha Gibson T: 07825554009 or David Clarke T: 07773 225516
• Pancreatic cancer is the most fatal of all cancers in the UK, and the 5th most common cause of cancer deaths (after breast, lung, bowel and prostate)
• UK pancreatic cancer survival rates are poorer than in many other countries, including many European countries, the US, Canada and Australia
• Over 8000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year (the actual number is 8085).
• less than 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK will survive more than five years
• less than 20% will survive more than one year
• these figures have not changed for 40 years
• pancreatic cancer receives only 1% of research funding for cancer in the UK, whilst causing 5% of the deaths
• pancreatic cancer mainly affects people 50-80 years old, with 63% of patients being over 70
About Pancreatic Cancer UK
• Pancreatic Cancer UK is a national charity striving for a good, long life for everyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
• Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: support, information, campaigning, research
• Our long-term goal is to double survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients in the UK within five years (helping to save the lives of up to 250 people each year)
• Pancreatic Cancer UK works collaboratively with a wide range of individuals and organizations, including healthcare professionals (e.g. clinicians, nurses and GPs); other charities/organizations with an interest in pancreatic cancer, and, most importantly, those affected by pancreatic cancer (patients, family, carers and friends)
• For more information on Pancreatic Cancer UK visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk
Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Study for Survival
• in late 2010 the charity launched Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Study for Survival, the first ever comprehensive mapping of pancreatic cancer across the UK
• the Study’s aim was to identify what needs to happen to improve survival rates and quality of life of everyone affected by pancreatic cancer
• the Study has included the views and experiences of over 1,000 people living and working with pancreatic cancer throughout the UK
• the Study provides compelling evidence that pancreatic cancer patients in the UK fare poorly on all fronts in comparison to other cancers
• the Study has been undertaken in partnership with the National Cancer Intelligence Network and Dr Foster Intelligence
• publication of the report from Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Study for Survival sees the charity launching its new campaign – Campaign for Hope
• Pancreatic Cancer UK's Study for Survival was inspired by Target Ovarian Cancer's Pathfinder Study.
Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Campaign for Hope
• In September 2011, Pancreatic Cancer UK launches the Campaign for Hope
• Campaign for Hope will draw on comprehensive evidence from Study for Survival and marks Pancreatic Cancer UK’s ambitious new goal to double survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients in the UK within five years - helping to save the lives of up to 250 people each year.
• To achieve this goal Pancreatic Cancer UK will tackle the disease on all fronts – support, information, campaigning, research - to give hope to everyone affected by pancreatic cancer, both today and in the future.