Ann Stella’s son Robert was just 26 years of age when he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. He’d complained to his doctors of feeling ill for years – yet he wasn’t diagnosed until he was rushed to A&E - far too late to treat, far too young to die. It needn’t have been this way. This is Ann’s story.
The simple truth is that diagnosing pancreatic cancer earlier would give more people like Robert a chance of survival. That’s why Pancreatic Cancer UK is bringing together the best researchers to find a simple way to diagnose people earlier and save lives from pancreatic cancer.
With your support we can tackle early diagnosis.
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Early diagnosis: the key to survival
Often pancreatic cancer isn’t detected in GP surgeries at all. Shockingly, nearly half of all pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed in A&E or other emergency care. For many, that diagnosis comes far too late. Overall, 1 in 4 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will die within a month.
That’s because, unlike other cancers, doctors have no simple way of spotting the disease. No blood test, no screening, no simple test.
People shouldn’t need to wait until they’re in emergency care to be diagnosed.
Read more about Pancreatic Cancer UK’s commitment to researching and improving early diagnosis and why a different research approach is so critical to saving lives.
If you or a loved one are affected by pancreatic cancer and are in need of some support, you can contact our specialist nurses via Pancreatic Cancer UK's free and confidential Support Line. It’s available on weekdays, 10am-4pm, on 0808 801 0707 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have. You can also visit our online forum, a supportive place where everyone affected by pancreatic cancer can be there for each other and share experiences.