We raised our voices in the Scottish Parliament
Find out about the parliamentary events we held in Scotland and Westminster during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2022
For many years Scotland has lagged behind in survival outcomes, ranking 33rd out of 35 countries with comparable data.
But finally we have some great news to share.
Over the last year the Scottish Government has been consulting on its new Cancer Strategy for Scotland. We worked hard on our submission to the Government’s public consultation, which included everything that needs to happen to drastically improve treatment, care and survival for people with pancreatic cancer in Scotland in the next decade.
We’d like to thank 50 of our most engaged Scottish campaigners who shared their experiences and ideas for improvements with us, which we included in our response.
In June 2023 the Scottish Government launched its new Cancer Strategy for Scotland – and our voices have been heard at last!
Scotland is now leading the way in the UK, putting the less survivable cancers, including pancreatic cancer, at the heart of its strategy.
"We will focus on cancer types that are the largest burden and have worse outcomes. These include lung and the other less-survivable cancers (brain, liver, oesophagus, pancreas, stomach) that have seen very little progress in the last five decades."
In the strategy the Scottish Government commits to:
This strategy must be backed up by targeted, sustained investment to make sure it leads to real change – and we will be here to make sure that happens.
We couldn’t have reached this pivotal moment in Scotland without our incredible supporters – thank you.
For many years we have been asking the Welsh Government to give pancreatic cancer the attention it desperately needs.
In January 2022 Welsh Government and Wales Cancer Network launched a new Cancer Improvement Plan for NHS Wales, setting out the issues, actions and timeframes for improving cancer services in Wales over the next three years.
We worked hard as part of a coalition of charities in Wales called the Wales Cancer Alliance to make sure that the voices of people affected by cancer were fed into this plan. Thank you to all of our supporters affected by pancreatic cancer in Wales who got involved by completing the coalition’s survey or attending one of our events.
We welcomed this plan, as a national approach to improving outcomes for people with cancer in Wales is desperately needed, and it was positive to see the plan acknowledge the seriousness of the challenges facing those diagnosed with less survivable cancers, including pancreatic, lung, liver, brain, oesophageal, and stomach.
However, we’re very concerned about the lack of detail around how pancreatic cancer and the other less survivable cancers will be tackled in Wales.
We welcome this plan, as a national approach to improving outcomes for people with cancer in Wales is desperately needed. However, current 62 day treatment standard remains nowhere near fast enough for people with pancreatic cancer.
We will continue to have a leading role on the Wales Cancer Alliance and will be watching its implementation closely and taking every opportunity we can to speak up and demand better for people with the deadliest common cancer.
We played a key role in co-producing Northern Ireland’s new cancer strategy, which was launched in March 2022.
The strategy focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer, and improving the experience of people diagnosed with cancer.
At present, although cancer remains one of the top ministerial priorities, implementation of the new strategy is limited until Northern Ireland has a functioning Executive. As a member of the Northern Ireland Cancer Site Charity Group, we continue to monitor the situation and act on opportunities here.
In addition to our work on the Cancer Strategy, we have been talking to the Department of Health in Northern Ireland about our Don’t Write Me Off campaign and our calls for a faster and fairer treatment and care pathway. They are are keen to move forward to implement the Optimal Care Pathway in Northern Ireland and we will be working closely with them to do this.
After launching a ‘War on Cancer’ in 2022, the government in Westminster is yet to deliver on its promise to make England a world leader in cancer care.
We’re determined to make sure that pancreatic cancer is prioritised in the Department and Health and Social Care’s cancer plans for England.
People with pancreatic cancer have no time to wait. We’ll continue to do all we can to influence cancer strategies across the UK as they are develop or implemented. We’ll be meeting with officials, clinicians and parliamentarians to make sure that the new plans really change the dial on pancreatic cancer.
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