November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This aggressive disease is set to overtake breast cancer as the 4th biggest cancer killer in the UK. Unlike other cancers, survival rates have remained unchanged for nearly 40 years and more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are still dying within 3 months. Research is the only way to transform future care and make breakthroughs possible. But, research costs money. Pancreatic cancer currently receives only 3% of overall cancer research funding in the UK.
We were privileged to work with the late Lady Barbara Judge CBE on a unique film documenting her personal experience of pancreatic cancer. Through publicly sharing her story she hoped to raise awareness about the disease and improve the outcomes for future generations of patients:
‘My mother…always said to me: “When you die, the only way to have real peace is for the world to have been a better place because you were there”. So today, if I think about my mother…..I hope that the contribution that I might be able to leave is to raise awareness, as well as funds, for this terrible disease which afflicts people, old, young, men and women. It’s a killer that strikes quietly and silently and you don’t know about it until it’s too late.’