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Giving voice to those affected by pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer. Australians are being invited to have their say about the development of a new National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap, through a Public Consultation hub launched today by Cancer Australia.

It is estimated that 3,933 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year - about 11 people every day.

In developing the National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap, Cancer Australia  recognises the devastating and shocking impact of pancreatic cancer on people diagnosed and their families. Focusing our efforts and harnessing our knowledge and expertise provides the opportunity to drive change and bring hope,” said Cancer Australia CEO Professor Dorothy Keefe.

We are calling on all Australians affected by pancreatic cancer to participate in the public consultation so that we can draw the Roadmap together. Where do we want to go, how do we get there, and how we get over the bumps and roadblocks on the journey?.

We really want to capture a broad range of views on pancreatic cancer from all sectors of the Australian community. This will help us to ensure all stages of the cancer care pathway, including evidence-based research and best practice care, are considered in the overall design of the National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap,” said Professor Keefe.

The Consultation Hub will be live from 1 September 2020 until 30 November 2020. The Hub will include an overview of the Roadmap initiative, a survey with questions for stakeholder consideration, and next steps. An option will also be available to provide direct submissions.

The Roadmap is anticipated to be relevant to, and be used by, a range of pancreatic cancer stakeholders including governments, researchers, health professionals, funders, pancreatic cancer organisations and people affected by pancreatic cancer. 

In March 2020, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, invited Cancer Australia to work with the Department of Health to develop the Roadmap, which is expected to be presented by December 2021.

For more information, visit Cancer Australia’s dedicated National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap website.

The Consultation Hub can be found here.