It’s November, and that means its pancreatic cancer awareness month. Pancreatic cancer is one of the hardest forms of cancer to treat successfully, and survival rates have remained stubbornly low for decades.
As part of our new research strategy, we will change this. So as well as trying to jump-start new research into the disease (and ultimately improve things for patients), over the last few months we’ve produced or updated a whole range of content on our website and other channels.
Here are a few things that might be of interest – please feel free to share them as widely as you can.
Information and advice
Our patient information website has up-to-date, easy-to-understand pages about pancreatic cancer, including what it is, its symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, the current treatments, and what it’s like living with the disease.
We also have a ‘key facts’ page as part of our Cancer Statistics sections.
And you can search for current pancreatic cancer trials on our Trials Database.
At the top of this post, you can watch an animated run-down of the facts about pancreatic cancer. We also made this video with Yasmin and Margaret about Yasmin’s father Shaukat, who sadly died from the disease:
You can find out about our work on pancreatic cancer on this page, but we’ve also published several blog posts this year about the progress we’re making:
- In this post, we spoke to world expert and Cancer Research UK clinical scientist Professor Andrew Biankin, about why he thinks we need a ‘can do’ attitude in pancreatic cancer research.
- Here’s a look (literally) at some research we’re funding into how the disease spreads.
- In August we looked at research on how to personalise pancreatic cancer treatment
- And in the ‘Our Milestones’ series, we looked at how a CRUK-funded clinical trial has changed the way patients are treated worldwide.
We’re under no illusions about how much work there is to do here. Pancreatic cancer remains a terrible challenge for all those involved in it – patients, their friends and family, their doctors, and the researchers who want to understand and overcome it.
But with your support, we will beat this disease.