I was just 30 when my mother died of pancreatic cancer
Yet in the 10 years since my mother passed away – little has changed, Julia.
Sadly, Julia is right. With one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers, the number of people living with pancreatic cancer has not significantly improved in the past decade, in fact, not in the last 40 years. Every year I know that over 3,100 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and yet only 7% of these people will live more than five years.
I remember so clearly the night Mum told us, her four daughters, a tumour the size of a football was found in her pancreas. It was right around Mother’s Day when Mum was diagnosed and then just one week before Christmas that same year she passed away – Julia recalls
This is why the Pancare Foundation was established. I believe, together we can achieve better outcomes through early detection, innovative research and by providing services to people living with cancer. I know with your support we can rewrite the story of pancreatic cancer and give hope for the future.
Will you join with us to rewrite the story of pancreatic cancer for families like Julia’s?
Please donate so we can invest in more research that will have far reaching effects as well as help us provide support for patients and families fighting pancreatic cancer today.
At the time my three sisters and I knew so little about this cancer and the impacts it would have on us. Even now, 10 years on it still hits home. Because when I think of what a mother represents – I think of Mum. She was wonderful, she shone with fun and happiness, not just to me but to all she knew. To know Mum was to love Mum. After she passed away I ached to hear her voice, to have a conversation, to have her support and advice.
Today I still miss her, especially knowing she never met my four beautiful children or that I have her support at this time in my life. To laugh with her about my children but more importantly to ask how she managed four children! I feel so disheartened knowing my Mum cannot be the Nanna I know she wanted to be to my children and to my sisters who all had two young children when Mum passed away.
Doing nothing is simply not an option. I know we can make a real difference to the many people diagnosed each year. Together we can rewrite the story of pancreatic cancer.
Over 3,123 men and women will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. 2,823 men and women will die from pancreatic cancer this year. This statistic has remained too high for too long. Together, let’s rewrite the story of pancreatic cancer.
Due to the lack of quality research into pancreatic cancer there have been little major treatment advances. With your support Pancare can fund the critical research that is needed across the country to improve the outcomes for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer.
We can fund more research into innovative cancer treatments and support a national endeavor for early cancer detection research. We can provide more services for people diagnosed to obtain the appropriate advice and support they need.
What I want to see is more research, more early detection screening for pancreatic cancer. I want to see a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer as not a statistically poor prognosis but one that has better outcomes. I want to know that things will change in the next 10 years. That is what I desperately would like to see. I want other families not to lose their mother like I have lost mine. Julia
Please donate today and give hope to families like Julia’s. Your gift will help us rewrite the story of pancreatic cancer.
We are extremely grateful for your support. We simply could not have made it to where we are today and where we want to be in the future without you.
Dr Mehrdad Nikfarjam
Founder – Pancare Foundation
P.S. Your gift today is helping us rewrite the future for people fighting pancreatic cancer. Please give generously and help us give hope to so many more families.