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COVID-19's impact on treatment has so far led to 521 excess pancreatic cancer deaths in England by March 2021, according to a new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pancreatic Cancer.
‘The Impact of Covid-19 on Pancreatic Cancer Treatment and Care in England’ report, produced by the APPG and supported by Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer UK and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, explores the patients lived experiences through diagnosis and treatment, and outlines the action that must be taken by Government to ensure pancreatic cancer patients do not continue to be impacted by long-term lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pancreatic Cancer Action believes that the key recommendation of the report is that the Government must act to ensure ‘access to diagnosis, surgery and treatment is fully restored as promptly as possible’.
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