MP leads calls to improve cancer treatments

Eric Ollerenshaw
Eric Ollerenshaw

Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw is leading calls to tackle the care given to pancreatic cancer patients.

A new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer calls for a national plan to help diagnose and treat people with the killer disease.

Survival rates for pancreatic cancer are very low, with only around five per cent of patients living for at least five years after diagnosis.

Only 10 per cent to 20 per cent of patients are suitable for surgery and most people (around 80 per cent) die within the first year.

The report is made up of 12 recommendations including a call for increased awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and a review of the services and tests available to GPs.

Tory MP, Eric Ollerenshaw, whose partner died from pancreatic cancer, said: “We must, as a matter of urgency, challenge the misconceptions surrounding the disease, in particular the notion that pancreatic cancer is a rare disease which only affects elderly men.

£In fact, a third of all diagnoses of pancreatic cancer occur in people under the age of 65 and it affects men and women almost equally.

“In terms of mortality it is currently the fifth most common cause of cancer death.”