Demand Faster Treatment
We are campaigning to make sure that pancreatic cancer is treated within 20 days of being diagnosed.
Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest common cancer. It is often diagnosed late, and progresses quickly. 3 in 4 people do not survive a year after diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer treatment can’t wait. Sign the petition to demand that pancreatic cancer patients receive faster treatment, within 20 days from diagnosis.
When Erika Vincent was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she was given four months to live. So she expected that her cancer would be treated as an emergency, and that she’d be given treatment fast.
But it didn’t happen. Her words here are very powerful.
Like many people in a similar position, Erika had to wait to receive treatment - even though pancreatic cancer is the deadliest common cancer. Three in four people who are diagnosed don’t survive more than a year. Rapid access to treatment is vital. And yet out of every 10 people diagnosed, 7 receive no active treatment. This means they don’t get a chance to fight the disease and live longer.
Delaying treatment also runs the risk of the cancer spreading, making people ineligible for potentially life-saving treatment.
To improve their chances of survival, we want people like Erika to receive treatment within 20 days of diagnosis.
Please sign and share our petition today. You can also help by sharing the petition with your friends and family – use the hashtag #DemandFasterTreatment on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Let's make change happen
We can turn things around for people like Erika.
75% of people with the disease die within a year of being diagnosed. Yet the average for the 20 common cancers is much less – 30%. To save lives, health ministers need to view pancreatic cancer as an urgent case. That's why our petition is calling on UK Governments to treat pancreatic cancer as a cancer emergency, and to make sure that people with the disease receive treatment within 20 days of diagnosis.
Policy and evidence
The dedication of people treating people with pancreatic cancer across the UK is amazing. It is thanks to them that we know it is possible to treat pancreatic cancer faster. We know it is possible get more people into treatment, giving more people the chance to survive and for longer - and more time spent with loved ones.
And there are other benefits beyond saving lives. Where fast-track treatment has been implemented, unpleasant and potentially dangerous options can be avoided, improving the care that patients receive.
It also reduces the cost of treatment, saving money for the NHS which can be spent on further improving care.
How you can help even more
You can pass on the Demand Faster Treatment petition to your friends and family – use the hashtag #demandfastertreatment on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can make it the most successful pancreatic cancer campaign we've ever done.
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