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New information resources for pancreatic cancer patients launched

Posted by: Information & support 8 October 2012

National charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, which provides free patient information to health professionals, has launched two new information resources on surgery to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November.

The factsheets on 'surgery for operable pancreatic cancer' and 'surgical and other interventional procedures for symptom control' are available to download and hard copies can also be ordered free of charge. One factsheet provides information on surgery for operable (resectable) tumours including the Whipple's procedure. The other provides information on surgical or interventional procedures that are used to relieve symptoms such as jaundice or a blocked duodenum. Both factsheets provide details about the different procedures that might be used, the benefits and risks of the procedures and what happens when patients go to hospital.

These new resources add to the charity's growing portfolio of information that guide patients through their diagnosis and treatment journey and also complements the telephone and email support service that the charity provides. All of the charity's information is reviewed by health professionals and people affected by pancreatic cancer.

Copies of these resources have been sent to specialist centres and district general hospitals throughout the UK as well as Macmillan Information Centres. The Information and Support team will also be distributing these and other Pancreatic Cancer UK information resources at pre-arranged awareness days at specialist centres throughout November's awareness month.

Anna Jewell, Information and Support Manager, Pancreatic Cancer UK, comments, "We recognise how important it is to provide patients with useful and accurate information right from diagnosis through to surgery and treatment. This new information has a greater focus on recovery from surgery or interventional procedures and getting back to normal as we are often asked questions about this on our Support Line.

"Providing information on surgery in the form of a factsheet, we feel, enables patients to either easily download it from our website or once they are given it by a health professional, to take it home to read later."

Health professionals can order copies of the surgery factsheets and other Pancreatic Cancer UK publications free of charge by emailing support@pancreaticcancer.org.uk or by calling 020 3535 7099.

In September, Pancreatic Cancer UK released its report, entitled, "A cancer of unmet need: the pancreatic cancer research challenge", which highlighted an urgent need to redress a historical legacy of neglect surrounding investment into pancreatic cancer research in the UK.

Supporters of Pancreatic Cancer UK are being asked to get involved in November's Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, by taking part in Raise for Research. The campaign supports the charity's aims to increase pancreatic cancer survival rates by increased investment in and focus on pancreatic cancer research.