November is pancreatic cancer awareness month and in memory of Seth Goodburn in support of Pancreatic Cancer UK a series of eight podcasts will be broadcast.
Dr Ruth Chambers a GP and chair of the Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups explains the role of the pancreas, the formation of the cancer and the signs and symptoms of the disease. Louise Riley shares the heart breaking story of her mums diagnosis and the missed opportunities that might have led to an earlier diagnosis.
Derek O Reilly a pancreatic cancer surgeon who works in Manchester Royal Infirmary talks about the challenges of surgery and the Whipples operation. Pippa Corrie an oncologist from Cambridge University Hospital Trust talks about the treatment available chemotherapy . There is also an update from the Nursing Times award winning specialist nurse Vicki – Stevenson Hornby about the accelerated pathway to surgery for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,
Julia Lawson from Chester is a practice nurse. Nine years ago her mum died of Pancreatic Cancer. Julia now helps to raise awareness of the disease at the GP surgery where she works., In this episode she explains how her mums symptoms were so vague it took months before there was a diagnosis. She also tells us how even with her medical knowledge she never considered Pancreatic Cancer to be an issue for her mum.
Nicky Murphy from the Pancreatic Cancer UK support line explains her role as a pancreatic cancer specialist nurse and explains how she supports patients and families throughout their pancreatic cancer journey. We also hear form Steve Essex who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier in 2018 he shares his story and how the nurses on he support line have help him “clear the fog” after his diagnosis.
This podcast will feature Diana Jupp CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK talking about the charities strategy and the future hopes for treatment, diagnosis and research. Lola Fernandez, will also share a personal story of her diagnosis and her successful treatment which has made Lola a 14 year survivor.