An audit in Northern Ireland has found that survival rates for pancreatic cancer have doubled for those diagnosed in 2010 compared to 2008 (18% from 9%).
Researchers undertaking the audit into treatments and survival rates believe this could be due to changes in service provision in Northern Ireland, including the centralisation of surgery to one site: the Mater hospital in Belfast.
Pancreatic Cancer UK believes that this audit provides evidence of the importance of ensuring that everyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is assessed by an expert team at a specialist centre. Although the move towards implementation of a centralised approach to pancreatic cancer was introduced in England in 2001 we still cannot say with confidence that everyone has access to consistent and high quality standards of care and treatment. As part of our Campaign for Hope, Pancreatic Cancer UK is calling for a similar audit of pancreatic cancer services across the rest of the UK.
For more information, please click through to the Queen's University Belfast website.