Pancreatic Cancer UK currently chairs the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce. The LSCT brings together six charities representing patients from each of these cancers to call for urgent change.
Collaborating and influencing
When governments, charities and the clinical community come together to prioritise pancreatic cancer and other less survivable and historically neglected cancers, survival can be transformed.
Read on to learn more about how we collaborate and work in partnership with others to effect change for those living with or affected by pancreatic cancer.
Our work in parliaments and assemblies across the UK
To keep pancreatic cancer high on the agenda and a priority for Governments across the UK, we engage with politicians across the UK parliaments and devolved assemblies. We make sure that our politicians understand the need for change for pancreatic cancer and help us to raise issues with key decision-makers in Government, the civil service and the NHS.
We speak out for people affected by pancreatic cancer right across the UK. In 2019/20, we helped influence new cancer strategies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to benefit people affected by pancreatic cancer. Thanks to our efforts, Members of the Scottish Parliament held a parliamentary debate on the disease and Welsh Assembly members held their first debate on the topic, raising vital awareness. We appointed our first Head of Scotland to increase our impact in the country, building relationships with the NHS and other charities to strengthen support for people affected by pancreatic cancer.
We connect representatives to local constituents and also provide the Secretariat for the All Party Group (APPG) on Pancreatic Cancer.
The Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce
The Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce (LSCT) is a radical taskforce that represents the ‘less survivable cancers’, lung, liver, brain, oesophageal, pancreatic and stomach. These cancers are just as deadly as they were 40 years ago. Due to a legacy of neglect and underfunding, they all have a five-year survival rate of less than 30% and shockingly, they make up half of all common cancer deaths in the UK.
Keep up to date with our influencing work and parliamentary activity across the UK.