It’s hard to believe we are half way through 2016, what an incredible 6 months!
We kicked off the year with our GP Survey awareness campaign in which Ali Stunt, founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action, appeared on almost 30 radio and TV stations raising awareness of the fact that only 3% of GPs felt fully confident and informed of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer. This campaign led to increased awareness of pancreatic cancer throughout the UK and we have now had well over 5,000 GP’s sign up to our GP e-learning module on pancreatic cancer.
2016 also saw the first selection of the first round of our Early Diagnosis Challenge Award. This programme is part of our research strategy that aims to invest at least £1 million into research in the next five years. We have selected and awarded grants to 4 research projects which we believe offer real hope for finding new ways to test for pancreatic cancer and thanks to our amazing supporters who have enabled us to invite a second round of applications for the Early Diagnosis Challenge Award 2016/17! You can find out more about the 4 successful 2015/16 applicants here.
What is more, we were delighted to announce that thanks to your support with the Abraxane campaign NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have brought forward their reappraisal of Abraxane for pancreatic cancer patients in England. This means that eligible pancreatic cancer patients in England may have the chance to benefit from Abraxane, in combination with Gemcitabine, via the NHS in the near future.
This year has also been difficult with the sad news of many high profile people such as Alan Rickman and Denise Robertson passing away from pancreatic cancer. We have also be extremely saddened by the loss of fellow PCA supporters. We are constantly reminded of why we do what we do, with people we love and are close to sadly dying from this disease. This motivates us even more to work hard on improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and improving the quality of life for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
beyond to support the cause. From people setting up awareness stands in there local supermarkets, organising fundraising nights and events, to taking part in incredibly tough challenges such as the London Marathon, Tough Mudder, cycling challenges and much more. We cannot thank you all enough for you ongoing support. You are all amazing!
Thank you again – here’s to another fantastic 6 months!
Love, Team PCA X