‘Living Well to the End of Life: Palliative Care for Pancreatic Cancer’ webinar

Wednesday 29th June 2022, 6pm — 7.30pm

About this webinar

If you or someone you know has pancreatic cancer, planning for the future might feel difficult. You may have heard of the term ‘palliative care’, but feel unsure about what this means. You may feel unclear on who is there to support you towards the end of life.

‘Palliative care’ means providing specialist care to manage symptoms such as pain, as well as emotional and practical support. The aim is to help you live as well as possible for as long as possible. Some people find the thought of palliative care upsetting, but these services aren’t just for people at the end of their life. They are available at any point during treatment or care.

We were joined by two consultants in palliative medicine at this webinar for patients and carers, where we discussed palliative care, including planning for the end of life. Read on to find out more and watch the recording.

We cover:

  • Palliative care – what is it, and what are the benefits?
  • Who is involved in delivering palliative care?
  • Communication, including what to expect and ask for from healthcare professionals, and how to talk to loved ones about the future
  • Advance care planning (ACPs) – making plans for your future care

The end of life is touched upon throughout, but is discussed in detail towards the end of the webinar. This section covers:

  • What to expect as the condition deteriorates
  • The very end of life, including identifying when this is happening and what this might look like, choosing where to be, who can provide support, and practical issues around care, medications and equipment


  • Nicola Murphy — specialist pancreatic cancer nurse on Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Support Line
  • Dr James Davies — Consultant in Palliative Medicine at City Hospice, Cardiff. Read more about James
  • Dr Margred Capel — Consultant in Palliative Medicine at City Hospice, Cardiff. Read more about Margred

Watch the recording

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One of the preconceptions of palliative care is that it’s all about end of life care; it’s all about the last days of life. Now, that is an important part of what we do, and I think it’s important to allow people the opportunity to think about those things, but it’s not just that. There’s lots of living to do before that. And we try to help facilitate that.

Dr James Davies

Dr James Davies

“I am a Palliative Medicine Consultant working at City Hospice, providing community palliative care to the people of Cardiff in their own homes. I also work as an Honorary Tutor on the Palliative Medicine for Healthcare Professionals MSc course at Cardiff University. What motivates me is improving quality of life and end of life care for people and their loved ones, providing support and guidance as a palliative care team when people need it the most.”

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Dr Margred Capel

“I graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1998. I am accredited in Palliative Medicine and have trained in hospitals and hospices in London and Wales. I was appointed as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at City Hospice and Velindre University Hospital NHS Trust in 2008, and subsequently became Clinical Director of City Hospice. I am Training Programme Director for Palliative Medicine in Wales, have an interest in pancreatic cancer, and was a member of the Pancreatic Guideline development group (NICE, 2016).

Through clinical experience I have been motivated by the importance of improving people’s quality of life through symptom control and team working. My least favourite phrase is “there is nothing more we can do” – there is always something to be done, it’s taking the time to find what a person needs.”

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