Need for speed
On the 15th November 2017, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on pancreatic cancer (APPGPC) launched a new report publishing the findings of their inquiry into early diagnosis, which began in December 2016.
Need for Speed highlights why early diagnosis is vital to saving lives and how it can help to give people the best possible chance of living better for longer.
Over the course of three months, the APPGPC gathered evidence from patients, carers, family members, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, among others.
Six clear themes emerged from the inquiry which now form the basis of the recommendations detailed in the report.
1. INCREASED RESEARCH FUNDING
We are calling on funders to commit to increasing funding for pancreatic cancer so it reaches a collective total of £25m per year by 2022.
2. MORE AND EXPANDED PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
We are calling for a pancreatic cancer specific awareness campaign and/or a series of generic symptom campaigns, addressing vague symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer.
3. INCREASED GP SUPPORT
We are asking for improved tools, education and guidelines about pancreatic cancer for general practitioners so they can identify pancreatic cancer sooner.
4. BETTER DIAGNOSTIC PATHWAYS
We are asking for increased funding for rapid diagnostic pathways and GP Access to CT scans so patients can be diagnosed more quickly.
5. FAST TRACK SURGERY AND FASTER ACCESS TO OTHER TREATMENTS
We are calling for funding for faster access to treatment, including access to fast track surgery.
6. CANCER STRATEGY AND CANCER ALLIANCES
We are calling for the successful implementation of the NHS England Cancer Strategy and the Cancer Alliances, because their implementation will support the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Need for speed will now be used to urge policy makers in Westminster to implement its recommendations and help improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients across the UK.
Early diagnosis is vital
If pancreatic cancer is found early, it is more treatable, so being aware of the signs and symptoms could save lives.
The APPGPC report calls on Public Health England to develop an awareness campaign dedicated to pancreatic cancer, like those already in place for the other major cancer killers.
You can help raise awareness today by sharing our symptoms poster in your local community.