Fair access to life-extending treatments for people with pancreatic cancer

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Try telling Charlie that months don’t matter.

Like most teenagers, Charlie looked forward to his 18th birthday. He had an agreement with his dad, Martin, that he’d celebrate by buying him a pint. Unfortunately Charlie never got to share that first drink with his dad, because Martin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died in under three months. Just one month before his son’s birthday.

For people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and their families, every month matters.

Pancreatic cancer is tough to survive. Most people affected are diagnosed when the cancer is at an advanced stage, meaning they live, on average, just two to six months after diagnosis [1].

We believe that when time is limited, people with pancreatic cancer should have the freedom to choose life-extending treatments that can give them precious extra time to spend with their loved ones.

That's why we are calling for a reform of the appraisal process for pancreatic cancer treatments.

We want the bodies responsible for approving life-extending treatments on the NHS to take into account the huge value of extra time for people with just a few months left to live. These bodies need to consider that when people are diagnosed with a tough disease like pancreatic cancer, with such poor survival prospects, a treatment that could offer an extra two months is incredibly significant for them.

In order to make the right decisions about treatment options for people with pancreatic cancer, we are calling for the responsible bodies to see time from the point of view of those affected. Only then can the rights of people with pancreatic cancer be fairly considered.

By sharing this petition with the responsible bodies, we will demonstrate the breadth and strength of concern felt by those affected by pancreatic cancer and the wider public.

Sign our petition today, because for people with pancreatic cancer and their loved ones, every month matters.

About Pancreatic Cancer UK

Pancreatic cancer is tough one but we're taking it on.

It is tough to diagnose, tough to treat and tough to research. For too long this disease has been sidelined. We want to make sure that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need.

We provide expert, personalised support and information via our Support Line and through our range of publications.

We fund innovative research to find the breakthroughs that will change how we understand, diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer.

We campaign for change; for better care, treatment and research, and for pancreatic cancer to have the recognition it needs.

Together we are taking on pancreatic cancer.


[1] Cancer Research UK Pancreatic Cancer survival rates.



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