This week saw us conclude our run of parliamentary events marking Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM) with a Reception at the Scottish Parliament, held jointly with Pancreatic Cancer Scotland (PCS).
One hundred people attended the Reception, which took place on Tuesday 17th November. The evening followed previous successful events at the House of Commons, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales, in a month where we have taken awareness messages to all four UK nations.
We were pleased by the fantastic turnout and are extremely grateful to the 11 MSPs who came along to chat with patients, supporters, researchers and healthcare professionals to find out more about pancreatic cancer and PCAM.
We are especially grateful to Clare Adamson MSP for sponsoring the event and for delivering a fantastic speech on PCAM, the appalling pancreatic cancer survival statistics and the need for change.
We are delighted that Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison, joined us. Addressing guests, she welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office (CSO), Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and Pancreatic Cancer UK will be co-funding £500,000 of pancreatic cancer research. She also urged Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland to engage in the process of developing a new Cancer Strategy for Scotland, something that we look forward to doing.
Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland supporter Kim Rowan, who lost her nanna to pancreatic cancer, delivered a powerful speech from a patient and carers point of view. Attendees also heard from our Chief Executive Alex Ford and Professor Clem Imrie from Pancreatic Cancer Scotland about the need for further improvements in research, early diagnosis, care and treatment across Scotland.
The evening was a fantastic way on which to end our parliamentary events this November and our thanks goes to our supporters who have been vital in helping us raise awareness throughout the UK. We will continue to engage with parliamentarians to bring about the vital changes needed to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.
MSPs who attended the Reception were: Clare Adamson, Cameron Buchanan, , Roderick Campbell, Rhoda Grant, Jim Hume, Margaret McDougall, Aileen McLeod, Nanette Milne, Shona Robison, Kevin Stewart, and Stewart Stevenson