If you've been following our Twitter and Facebook feeds, you'll know that yesterday saw the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on pancreatic cancer at the House of Commons.
An excellent meeting was had, with a great turnout from Parliamentarians, charities, medical professionals and survivors alike. If you haven't heard of this yet, Pancreatic Cancer UK will be providing the secretariat to the new APPG, which is a cross-party group dedicated to furthering the cause of the pancreatic cancer in Parliament. This effort will also be supported by other key stakeholders including other leading pancreatic cancer charities.
Following introductory speeches from the Parliamentary officers (including Baroness Delyth Morgan, Eric Olleranshaw MP, Nic Dakin MP, with Lord Patel chairing), Alex Ford, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK , Professor David Tuveson and survivor John Sproson, the meeting opened up to questions and comments from the room.
John Sproson and Professor David Tuveson held forth on the need for access to clinical trials. Questions were asked regarding potential early diagnosis tests and what can be done now to help smooth the patient pathway from diagnosis to treatment. Survivors spoke inspiringly on the need to give everyone the same opportunities they had and fought for.
The meeting captured the determination of all to help push forward with getting pancreatic cancer the vital recognition it needs. Not just the determination of charities for whom this is a day to day fight (including Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, Pancreatic Cancer Action and the NET Patient Foundation) but that of patients sharing their stories and wanting to imbue everyone with the hope of excellent treatment for all.
Thank you to all who came - the Campaign For Hope couldn't happen without you. We'll be writing more about the APPG on pancreatic cancer soon, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog and our social networks to find out how we progress!