Early diagnosis and improving the survival rate of pancreatic cancer is a challenge and we still have a long way to go. It can sometimes feel difficult to know the best way to help and how to make a difference. One of the simplest ways of campaigning is by contacting your MP.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is a member of several groups committed to campaigning and furthering the case of patients with pancreatic cancer.
Advocating for patients during COVID-19
We are working hard to ensure cancer patients are not secondary to those with coronavirus. We are doing everything we can to advocate for you by:
- Fighting to be the voice for patients whose treatment or palliative care is not currently considered urgent.
- Working to understand how patients who decline or unable to have cancer tests of treatment at this time will be followed up.
- We are doing everything we can to advocate to access to treatments that lengthen and improve quality of life for patients.
- Being in regular contact with NHS England and other organisations to ensure that patients with cancer symptoms are still being referred
What we are doing about reduced cancer referrals:
The coronavirus pandemic has affected all areas of the health service and seen the biggest reorganisation of care in living memory. With so much focus on the virus, there is a risk that other conditions such as cancer may be downgraded and less of a priority.
Representing patients during coronavirus
The PCA office may be closed but we are still working hard from home to be a voice for pancreatic cancer patients during this challenging time. Find out how we are working hard to represent pancreatic cancer patients during coronvirus.
Representing ethnic minorities
For years society has known about the impacts of inequality on health. We have seen that early diagnosis of cancer and disease outcomes follow disproportionately affects black and minority ethnic people and we want to change that.
Read our inequalities statement to find out how we are doing this.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
This November, Pancreatic Cancer Action is writing to every MP and MSP across the UK to tell them about awareness month, why pancreatic cancer patients and the disease are so important, and how we can work together for early diagnosis this month and beyond.