The APPG, Chaired by Eric Ollerenshaw OBE MP, began its Inquiry into pancreatic cancer research by taking evidence from pancreatic cancer researchers and the three pancreatic cancer charities – Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Mr Hemant Kocher, a pancreatic cancer surgeon and lecturer and researcher at Barts Cancer Institute, and Dr Steve Pereira, consultant and researcher at University College Hospital London, gave the committee an overview of their work and what they believed needed to be addressed by the Inquiry. They went on to highlight issues as diverse as the need to focus research on early diagnosis; how biomarkers are being developed and how they could be used; the importance of finding more funding for pancreatic cancer research; the need for a tissue bank; and the need to focus on bringing new research talent into the pancreatic cancer field.
The Committee then heard from Mrs Ali Stunt, Founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action, Mrs Maggie Blanks, Founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, and Professor Peter O’Hare, Chair of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Scientific Advisory Board. Between them they set out the poor research funding backdrop for pancreatic cancer, called for more Government leadership and increased, sustainable funding, a proper strategy for research into pancreatic cancer (looking especially to learn from recent actions in the US), steps to increase the number of clinical trials taking place, and programmes to ensure an increase in the number of young researchers entering into pancreatic cancer research.
A full transcript of the meeting can be found here.