Health professionals involved in the care of people with pancreatic cancer had the chance to meet and learn at a special event hosted by George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton in partnership with national charity Pancreatic Cancer UK.
‘Understanding Pancreatic Cancer: from Diagnosis to Treatment’ took place in the hospital’s GETEC centre on 9 July and attracted nearly 100 health professionals from across the country as well as the local area. The free event, run in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer UK shared latest developments in treating pancreatic cancer and supported attendees in their care of patients.
Speakers at the event included surgeons and consultants from University Hospital Coventry and Warwick and George Eliot as well as specialist nurses working across Warwickshire. There was also a unique perspective provided by a patient who shared and described his own cancer journey up to its current successful conclusion.
Topics covered mirrored the entire cancer pathway from referral, diagnosis, management to end of life care. This was the first event of this scale on pancreatic cancer organised at the George Eliot and the feedback was extremely favourable.
Dr Sankara Raman, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Director of Education at the George Eliot Hospitalwho chaired the event said: “We are proud of the research and learning that takes place at George Eliot and this event was a great success. The expertise in the room was very impressive and I am confident that this has helped enhance the care of pancreatic cancer across Warwickshire.
George Eliot has made great strides forward both with cancer care and end of life care and this event helped to showcase new initiatives which have been put in at the Trust to make this possible.
I would like to thank Pancreatic Cancer UK for their support with the event, and I look forward to working with them again.”
Emma Kidd, Specialist Nurse at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We’re absolutely delighted about the fantastic turn out for the event. It was brilliant to have wide range of health professions from primary care and further afield in attendance. One of event’s achievements was increased awareness of the new NICE guidelines which are the first clinical guidelines, for pancreatic cancer.
“We’d like to thank George Eliot Hospital for recognising the importance of educating health professionals about pancreatic cancer and approaching us to run this study day. Pancreatic cancer is tough to diagnose and treat, which is why it’s so important for hospitals, health professionals, researchers and charities to work in collaboration to take it on.”