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Pancreatic Cancer: Mortality Rates

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 3800, tabled on 17 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take to improve the survival rates of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; and whether those steps will be included in the upcoming 10-Year Cancer Plan.

Answered on

24 May 2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned an audit into pancreatic cancer and continue to work with Pancreatic Cancer UK to raise awareness of Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy and share guidance with Cancer Alliances.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are deploying non-symptom specific pathways and the new faster diagnosis standard and investing £325 million in new diagnostic equipment, which will improve early diagnosis and detection of pancreatic cancer. Officials are currently analysing the responses received in the call for evidence to develop the 10 Year Cancer Plan. The Plan will address all cancer types, including rarer and less survivable cancers such as pancreatic cancer.