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Pancreatic Cancer UK information highly commended at BMA Patient Information Awards

Posted by: Information & support 26 September 2017

We’re delighted that our Clinical trials for pancreatic cancer and Pain and pancreatic cancer information has been highly commended in the 2017 BMA (British Medical Association) Patient Information Awards. Our clinical trials information was also shortlisted for the ‘Information that aids decision making’ award.

The awards aim to encourage the production of high quality accessible, well-designed and accurate patient information.

Our Clinical trials for pancreatic cancer information, including our Clinical Trial Finder, provides patients with an interactive UK-wide map and database detailing current clinical trials specifically dedicated to pancreatic cancer.

Clinical trials are extremely important as new treatment options for pancreatic cancer are urgently needed. We want to ensure patients have access to new, effective treatments on the NHS, to allow them to live longer and have a better quality of life.

A BMA reviewer said:‘This website takes a potentially complex issue and presents it in a way that will be genuinely helpful to, and supportive of, patients and their families. I like the way it does not seek to influence decisions whether or not to take part; it just seeks to ensure that any decision will be truly informed.’

We launched the Pain and pancreatic cancer booklet after hearing from patients, doctors, nurses and specialists that they had struggled to find the right tailored support and information about coping with pain in pancreatic cancer.

The booklet describes the different types of pain pancreatic cancer can cause, provides information on how to describe pain to medical professionals and how pain can be managed and kept under control. ‘Pain and pancreatic cancer’ also provides information about painkillers and their side effects, and other methods that can aid pain relief.

BMA reviewers said:‘This is a really well-put-together resource. Information is clear and detailed and the tone is reassuring without being patronising. It is an excellent leaflet which is really well put together, with comprehensive and supportive information.’

Our Senior Information Manager, Emily Morgan said: “We’re extremely pleased our resources have again been recognised by the BMA and highly commended at the Patient Information Awards.

“Our information is accredited by the Information Standard as health information that can be trusted. It is based on the latest evidence, up-to-date, and reviewed by health professionals. It is also reviewed by people affected by pancreatic cancer to make sure it meets their needs.”