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Taking on pancreatic cancer together

Pancreatic cancer has a dismal prognosis. It has the lowest survival among the 21 most common cancers in the UK and it is predicted to become the 4th biggest cancer killer in less than a decade. More than 80% of patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage when they cannot receive curative surgery, the only potential treatment for long-term survival. It is important therefore to implement new practices of care and treatment to improve patients’ lives and survival.

Our ‘Promoting Innovative Practice’ initiative seeks to identify new developments in care of pancreatic cancer in the UK. We will be working with the pancreatic cancer community (patients, carers and health professionals) to identify new developments in care and treatment that can potentially improve patients’ outcomes. We will highlight and share these examples among health practitioners and we will call for their adoption across the NHS in the UK.

How to support Promoting Innovative Practice

We will not be able to do this without your involvement. We would like to hear about new developments you have implemented or you are planning to take on. We would like to highlight them and promote them. You can contact us or download our ‘template’ to inform us about developments in your practice.

Resources of Innovative Practice

Below you can find examples of innovative practice. Read them and share them with health professionals and healthcare commissioners. Contact us for more information, share with us your feedback and let us know if these examples are implemented in your area. 

It is essential to spread innovation and optimal care to start to transform outcomes for pancreatic cancer across the UK. Pancreatic Cancer UK has brought together all of the current innovative approaches as part of an optimal pathway for pancreatic cancer. 

Mr Keith Roberts, Consultant Pancreatic, Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon in the Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.

This initiative won the NICE Shared Learning Award 2019. Read our blog or watch our video explaining how the success of the fast track surgery model shows how innovative clinical pioneering work combined with a national campaign can start to change care and outcomes across the UK. 

Dr Derek Grose, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC), Glasgow UK

Dr Olosula O Faluyi, Consultant in Medical Oncology and Dr Daniel H Palmer, Chair in Medical Oncology, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Bebington, Wirral

Vicki Stevenson-Hornby, lead Macmillan hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) clinical nurse specialist. Gastroenterology department, Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust.

This initiative won the Cancer Nursing category in the 2018 Nursing Times Awards.