Every October we hold our National Study Day, bringing together health professionals from around the country to learn about the latest developments in pancreatic cancer.

This year, in light of everything going on, we brought everyone together at a variety of virtual sessions across the month exploring how we can improve patients’ experience through treatment, dietetic management and emotional support.


SABR: The Latest Development in Radiotherapy, Monday 5th October 2020

Dr Ganesh Radhakrishna, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Christie Hospital explored how Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) can be used for locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer. He looked at the principles and practice of SABR, evidence base for SABR in pancreatic cancer and future developments on the horizon.

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View Ganesh Radhakrishna’s presentation slides

SABR: The latest development in radiotherapy, 5th October 2020

ESPAC-5F and Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy, Thursday 8th October

Paula Ghaneh, Professor of Surgery at the University of Liverpool shared the findings from the ESPAC-5F trial and the impact of neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery compared to immediate surgery. Nigel Jamieson, Pancreatic Surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary then shared his experience of how neoadjuvant chemotherapy works in practice. We then heard from Elizabeth Connell who kindly shared her personal experience of neoadjuvant chemotherapy at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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ESPAC-5F Trial Findings – Paula Ghaneh, Professor of Surgery, University of Liverpool

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: The Glasgow Experience – Nigel Jamieson, Pancreatic Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

ESPAC-5F and Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy, Thursday 8th October
Dietetic Management and Pancreatic Cancer – An Introduction, Tuesday 13th October 2020
Dietetic Management & Pancreatic Cancer for Non-Specialist Dietitians and Specialist Nurses, Wednesday 14th October 2020

Panel Discussion and Sharing Session: Providing Emotional Support During COVID-19 and Beyond, 20th October 2020

In this panel session we heard from a range of nurses sharing their experience of providing emotional support to their patients and their families under COVID-19 restrictions such as telephone clinics, breaking bad news and wearing PPE. We then split into smaller groups to share and discuss our own experiences, challenges and approaches.

Panel Discussion: Providing Emotional Support During COVID-19 and Beyond, 20th October 2020

The National Study Sessions 2020 were kindly supported by