On Wednesday 31st October Henry Bellingham MP for North West Norfolk met with Pancreatic Cancer UK to campaign for faster treatment for people with pancreatic cancer. Commenting Henry said: “Tragically one in four patients with the disease die within a month of diagnosis making it the quickest killing cancer. I join Pancreatic Cancer UK in calling on the Government and devolved administrations to set a new ambition to begin treatment for all pancreatic cancer patients across the UK within 20 days of diagnosis by 2024.”
At the launch of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Demand Faster Treatment campaign Henry heard that if avoidable delays to treatment were removed many more pancreatic cancer patients could be eligible for surgery – the only current cure for the disease. To help achieve this ambition the charity is recommending the roll-out of a new treatment programme which in a recent trial successfully reduced patients’ time to surgery from two months to just over two weeks.
Henry went on to say: “27 people in West Norfolk are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and sadly less than seven per cent won’t survive beyond five years. This is unacceptable and much more needs to be done to improve the outcomes for people with this deadly disease.”
“I hope everyone in North West Norfolk will join me in backing this campaign to transform the future for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and help them receive treatment before it is too late.”
To find out more about the Demand Faster Treatment campaign visit: www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/demandfastertreatment