Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has pledged his support to Pancreatic Cancer UK’s campaign demanding faster treatment for people with pancreatic cancer.

One in four patients with the disease die within a month of diagnosis making it the quickest killing cancer. The charity is calling for 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, Andrew Gwynne MP 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.

The charity released a report to coincide with the campaign launch which revealed that pancreatic cancer patients who have surgery are ten times more likely to live for five years or more than patients who do not (22.3 per cent compared with 2.3 per cent) (1). However, at least 90 per cent of all patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer do not have surgery (2). In the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance only 10.5% received surgery.

Currently in England, 57 per cent of pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed at stage one or stage two each year will not receive surgery despite the fact that a significant proportion should be eligible for this potentially life-saving or life-extending treatment (3), despite the fact that a significant proportion should be eligible for these potentially life-saving or life-extending treatments.

New analysis by Pancreatic Cancer UK shows that if even a modest increase in the proportion of patients receiving surgery (from the current rate of less than ten per cent, to just 15 per cent) was sustained over five years, it could give 2,100 more patients across the UK at least a year of precious time with their loved ones and potentially be lifesaving.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Sadly, 47 people within Tameside and Glossop CCG and 58 people in Stockport CCG are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year and tragically 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 the Denton and Reddish 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.”

Diana Jupp, Chief Executive at Pancreatic Cancer UK said:

“We’re extremely grateful Andrew Gwynne MP has shown his support for our Demand Faster Treatment campaign. Too many pancreatic cancer patients are being denied their only chance of survival because they are simply not being treated fast enough. One in four people diagnosed with this devastating disease die within a month, making it the quickest killing cancer. It’s so ferocious that patients cannot afford to wait.

 

“In recent years we have seen outstanding progress in other cancers such as breast and prostate, and a shocking lack of progress for pancreatic. Together we can change that.

 

“We are urging people from Denton and Reddish to take on this deadly cancer and sign our petition calling on the government to recognise pancreatic cancer as an emergency. We owe it to all those affected by pancreatic cancer to be more ambitious and make sure that everyone is treated within 20 days of diagnosis.” 

  1. Cancer Survival group in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2018)
  2. Tumour resection rate was 9.7% (2013-2015) in England for pancreatic cancer, therefore, over 90% of all patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer did not have surgery. NCRAS Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and Tumour Resection in England 2013-2015
  3. National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service. 58% of people diagnosed at stage I/II receive potentially curative surgery, therefore, 57.42% do not receive surgery. 837.7 people diagnosed at stage I/II, will not have surgery in England every year http://www.ncin.org.uk/cancer_type_and_topic_specific_work/topic_specific_work/main_cancer_treatments

 

 

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