Pancare CEO attends WPCC

Australian Pancreatic Cancer Alliance and Pancare Foundation CEO Angelia Dixon attended the inaugural meeting of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition (WPCC) in Orlando.


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Angelia shares her insights about the WPCC and it’s goal to drive transformational change for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

I am inspired by the stories of courage from the survivors of this hideous cancer.  With representatives from 24 countries gathered in Orlando, I heard very similar stores about the challenges of getting an initial diagnosis and that most people were diagnosed with metastatic disease.  This reinforces the global challenge of pancreatic cancer.

One of the key initiatives of the Coalition is World Pancreatic Cancer day, held on November 17th. Pancare will be a part of this global phenomenon working together with Coalition members to invite the community to be part this day and raise global awareness of pancreatic cancer.

We heard about different initiatives in other countries and I was pleased to see that the UK has a Patient Charter, not dissimilar to the Australian Optimal Care Pathway for Pancreatic Cancer.

I was very excited to hear about a global phase 3 clinical trial that will also be open in Australia for newly diagnosed patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  The second phase of this particular trial showed an increase in survival for stage 4 patients  from 5 to 9 months compared with the current treatment regime.  Pancare has been actively engaged in ensuring that Australian sites will be part of the phase 3 trial and we will provide further information as soon as it is available.

There were  presentations on social media strategy and PR relations skills. This was especially beneficial to smaller organisations like Pancare and I was pleased to see one of our Facebook posts used as an example of good practice.

There were interesting scientific presentations by Dr Anirban Maitra and Professor Margaret Tempero to keep us up to date with clinical practice.

I am very hopeful that the collaborative efforts of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition will ultimately help bring about the changes needed in survival rates for Australians.

You can learn more information about the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition at their website.

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