Pancare Foundation’s new website a valuable resource for Australians impacted by upper gastrointestinal cancer
Pancare Foundation is proud to launch a new website featuring the latest, trusted information about upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. This website was developed to better support Australians diagnosed and living with pancreatic, liver, stomach, biliary and oesophageal cancers.
The new website expands on resources and information previously available on the Pancare website. It includes the latest news on clinical trials, treatment options, ways to maximise emotional and physical health, as well as stories of hope from those who have a lived experience with an upper GI cancer.
Pancare Foundation CEO Doug Hawkins said the need for detailed information to help patients, their carers and families, navigate the complexity of upper GI cancer is growing, with more than 11,600 Australians estimated to be diagnosed with these types of cancer this year.
“We know that when someone is first diagnosed with an upper GI cancer, they can feel incredibly overwhelmed, alone and unsure where to turn to for trusted information. Since Pancare’s inception, our aim has always been to be the source of specialist information that will help patients and their families feel empowered and supported”, Mr Hawkins said.
“The new website takes a deep dive into each type of upper GI cancer; helping patients and their families understand a recent diagnosis, treatment options and ways they can optimise their health while living with cancer. People can digest this information in their own time or if they are in need additional support, they can use our online booking system to book a call with our PanSupport team, including our upper GI specialist nurse. The important message is, that no matter where you live, Pancare is here to support you”, he said.
The delivery of the nine-month project, in collaboration with a working group and Pancare’s Medical Advisory Board, builds on the acquisition of the PanSupport website from the University of Melbourne last year. The new website also provides information and referral pathways for healthcare professionals working in upper GI cancer care as well as meaningful ways for individuals within the upper GI cancer community to get involved and support the work of the Foundation.
“The launch of the new site is a testament of our commitment to the thousands of Australians impacted by upper GI cancers every year, the health care professionals who support them and our research community who are dedicated to improving survival rates. We look forward to continually enhancing information on the site and responding to the needs of patients and their families”, Mr Hawkins said.
What’s new on the website
- A dedicated patient and carer hub – PanSupport
- Detailed information on current research programs funded by Pancare
- Information, access and referral pathways for health professionals working in upper GI cancer care
- Our strategic plan and research strategy
- Ways to get involved and support Pancare
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