Transform lives: Prescribe. Breakfast Briefing

The most important event of the day! Wednesday 16th June 2021, 9.00 - 10.00am, Zoom Webinar

Right now, half of pancreatic cancer patients are not getting the prescription they need to be able to digest their food. Together we can change this.

When cancer affects the pancreas, it can reduce the number of enzymes it produces to break down food. The body begins to starve – unless pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) is prescribed. PERT enables food to be digested, building tolerance to treatment. It reduces debilitating digestive symptoms and improves the quality of patients’ lives. It’s vital that all healthcare professionals consider PERT for their pancreatic cancer patients.

Our online breakfast briefing took place on 16th June. Watch the recorded event to find out more about our Transform lives: Prescribe campaign and what you can do to support.

Watch the event

What's on the menu?

  • 09.00 – 09.15: Welcome and introduction to our Transform lives: Prescribe campaign – Lynne Walker, Chair of Trustees and Diana Jupp, CEO, Pancreatic Cancer UK
  • 09.15 – 09.25: The key benefits of PERT – Mary Phillips, Advanced Specialist Dietitian (HPB Surgery), Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • 09.25 – 09.35: My experience with PERT – Peter Fitzpatrick
  • 09.35 – 09.50: Questions
  • 09.50 – 10.00: Next steps

Who's invited?

Anyone who is interested in hearing more about our campaign and taking action. We’d love to welcome:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Local health bodies
  • Cancer Alliances
  • NHS
  • Policy makers
  • Parliamentarians
  • People affected by pancreatic cancer
  • Supporters

Our speakers

Lynne Walker, Chair of Trustees, Pancreatic Cancer UK

Lynne is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009, she spent six months in hospital undergoing treatment for a range of life threatening conditions following a Whipple’s procedure. Lynne is a passionate advocate of patient/carer support and the furtherance of work on early diagnosis. She is utilising her leadership development and change management skills from her work as a management consultant to help Pancreatic Cancer UK achieve its ambitious strategic goals.

Diana Jupp, CEO, Pancreatic Cancer UK

Diana is CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Passionate about driving change in healthcare standards, increasing research and providing the best possible access to services for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer, Diana has over 20 years’ experience working for cancer charities. Before joining us in November 2017, she previously held the position of interim CEO at Bloodwise and prior to this, Diana worked at Breast Cancer Care for 19 years, with her last role being Director of Services and Campaigns, where she made significant improvements to the standard of care and services.

Mary Phillips, Advanced Specialist Dietitian (HPB Surgery), Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mary graduated from the University of Surrey in 2000, and for the last 16 years has been working with the pancreatic surgical team at the Royal Surrey in Guildford. Her main clinical and research interest is in the management of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency and she is currently undertaking her PhD in the long term consequences of pancreatic resection.

Peter Fitzpatrick

Peter, a retired headteacher, has travelled extensively and has been an active supporter of S.O.S. Children’s Villages. He advocates the benefits of sport, having been a keen footballer and cricketer, and now regularly walks, swims and cycles. His many hobbies include gardening and D.I.Y., having helped with the renovation of an Italian farmhouse. In July 2020 he underwent a Whipple procedure at Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre. Having benefited from excellent NHS skills, treatment and Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy he is pleased to support Pancreatic Cancer UK with this campaign.


What platform will this event be hosted on?

This event will be held on Zoom Webinar. After you book, you will receive an email via Zoom with the joining details. You can join on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone – any device with an internet connection.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can also dial in from a standard telephone.

For information on using Zoom Webinar, please see our step-by-step guide.

Will the event be recorded?

Yes. After the event, we will email all registrants with a link to the recording. So if you’re unable to join the live session, you will be able to catch up at a later date. For the best experience, we recommend joining live.

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