Other research policies
More information on the research policies of Pancreatic Cancer UK:
The use of patient data
Patient records are a valuable resource for health research and access to the information in these records helps researchers better understand disease and develop treatments that can save lives. We recognise the value of patient data but also the responsibility to protect patient confidentiality and to ensure that patients and their families understand how their data are used.
As part of our Research Funding Process we support the AMRC statement on the use of patient data in research and their actions to better develop and standardise processes thought the NHS (see here).
The use of animals in research
Currently, pancreatic cancer kills one person every hour and the disease has the worst survival rate of all the 21 most common cancers. Pancreatic cancer is a complex disease and our researchers are working to piece together vital information that will help us find new ways to diagnose and treat people with pancreatic cancer. Through research, we have made major advances in the treatment of cancers and some of this research has involved the use of animals. This includes the development of chemotherapy treatments, the mainstay of many cancer treatments today.
Pancreatic Cancer UK is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). We support the principle of using animals in research when there is absolutely no alternative. All AMRC member charities support this principle, as outlined in this statement.
Pancreatic Cancer UK understands and appreciates that people do have concerns about medical research involving animals, and charities providing funding support for it, and shares people's concerns about the well-being of animals in medical research.
We support and expect our researchers to demonstrate a commitment to the '3Rs', a framework which serves to refine experimental techniques and procedures, reduce the number of animals involved in research and replace animals in research wherever possible. Our funded research is carefully reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Board to ensure that any research involving the use of animals includes a full justification. Our researchers must follow strict laws and require licences from the Home Office for themselves and for the specific research project.
We would like to reassure our supporters that Pancreatic Cancer UK would only consider funding research involving animals if all other possibilities have been carefully and fully considered, the research is not an unnecessary duplication of previous work and it is likely to lead to essential information that could otherwise not be achieved by alternative methods.
You can find out more about the use of animals in research in the following resources: