Pancreatic Cancer: Mortality Rates

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Nick Thomas-Symonds Nick Thomas-Symonds Labour, Torfaen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of variation in the survival rates of pancreatic cancer patients living in (a) the UK, (b) Europe and (c) the rest of the world; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of variations in (a) one, (b) five and (c) 10-year survival rates for pancreatic cancer in each (i) region and (ii) clinical commissioning group; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are some variations in survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients between different countries and different parts of the United Kingdom. We have looked at the international comparisons from EUROCARE 5 – the study of survival and care of cancer patients based on European Cancer Registries - but it can be difficult to interpret survival comparisons for cancers with poor prognosis. Although this only covers patients diagnosed up to 2007, the key issue is that survival rates for pancreatic cancer remain poor – and a challenge to be tackled – across the world.

We await the final report of the independent Cancer Taskforce, which will make recommendations across the whole cancer care pathway.

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