Official figures released in The Telegraph today show that the majority of NHS bodies are letting down patients in terms of “ late diagnosis, poor survival rates and delayed treatment”.
At Pancreatic Cancer Action, we are really concerned about these findings but sadly not surprised especially in relation to pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is too often diagnosed late with 50% of patients diagnosed in Accident and Emergency and there is limited treatment available due to how advanced the cancer is at the time of diagnosis.
This report is yet again another reminder that we need to call for improved referral pathways and better access to treatments. It also highlights the huge discrepancies for cancer care across the UK, and the need for a specific pancreatic cancer audit as highlighted in our manifesto last year.
You can help us call for this by talking to your local MP and parliamentary representatives. Find out more here: https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/support-us/raise-awareness/campaign-with-us/lobby-your-mp/