We were delighted to watch Lord Moylan’s powerful speech, and the cherry on the cake was seeing it followed up by support from many others:
- Baroness Morgan highlighted the importance of Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy urgently ‘getting through to all patients with pancreatic cancer, rather than waiting for the longer-term survival results [from the audit]’
- Baroness Findlay talked about the need to ‘roll-out best practice widely, not only from the cancer centres but out into the cancer units and beyond those to the general NHS’ so that all pancreatic cancer patients get the best possible care
- Lord Aberdare raised the challenges in researching this disease and the importance of breaking the ‘vicious circle’ created by the deadliness of pancreatic cancer and how this makes research more difficult and less attractive to new researchers
- Lord Vaizey shared how crucial it is that we develop a simple test for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so that people have the best possible chance of survival, asking ‘when will a test for pancreatic cancer be universally available to NHS patients?’
- Baroness Merron shone a light on the importance of symptoms awareness for pancreatic cancer, as it has ‘such an aggressive nature and yet the symptoms are so silent and often misunderstood that it presents a particular challenge’
You can watch the whole debate back here, starting from 21:33:04 – and it’s worth a watch!
We’ll now be working hard to follow up with Lord Kamall, the Lords’ health minister, to ensure he makes good on his promise to continue the conversation on how we can get essential data, prioritise PERT, and start driving up survival as soon as possible.
And we’ll be continuing to meet with parliamentarians from across the UK over the following months to ride this wave and make sure that our parliamentary work translates into real policy change.
Until then – thanks to all of our supporters, and the parliamentarians who we’ve worked with, over the last few months, for everything you’ve done. Let’s make 2022 a huge year for tackling pancreatic cancer! Remember to sign up to our Campaigns Community for all the latest news.