Govern­ment com­mit­ted to tack­ling pan­cre­atic can­cer

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Health min­is­ter Shona Ro­bi­son told the Re­former the Scot­tish Govern­ment was com­mit­ted to tack­ling pan­cre­atic can­cer af­ter we told her Deb­bie’s story.

Pan­cre­atic can­cer was at the cen­tre of a re­cently an­nounced £4mil­lion in­vest­ment in pre­ci­sion medicine.

Ms Ro­bi­son said:“We know that re­search is im­por­tant to im­prov­ing can­cer sur­vival rates in Scot­land and that is why we have made avail­able co-fund­ing of £150,000 for Pan­cre­atic Can­cer UK’s Re­search In­no­va­tion Fund.

“Ad­di­tional fund­ing has been lever­aged in, no­tably from Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Scot­land, mean­ing that there is cur­rently a pot of around £400,000 avail­able for pan­cre­atic can­cer re­search in Scot­land. This vi­tal re­search should help to im­prove our un­der­stand­ing of this spe­cific type of can­cer which is so of­ten dif­fi­cult to di­ag­nose early.

“In ad­di­tion, we have in­vested £39 mil­lion in our De­tect Can­cer Early pro­gramme since 2012 with a tar­get of in­creas­ing the num­ber of can­cers de­tected at the early stage of dis­ease. Our hope is cam­paigns like this will re­sult in ear­lier pre­sen­ta­tion, re­fer­ral and as­sess­ment for all those with a pos­si­bil­ity of can­cer.

“We will be pub­lish­ing a new Can­cer Strat­egy very soon. This will set out am­bi­tions and ac­tions and in­clude fur­ther in­vest­ment to look to im­prove sur­vival from can­cer in Scot­land.”

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