Keith Vaz MP supports calls for local funding into liver and pancreatic cancer research
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP backed calls from researchers at Leicester’s Hospitals to increase funding for liver and pancreatic cancer research in Leicester. Mr Vaz’s support came ahead of his visit to the department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery at Leicester General Hospital on Friday June 20.
Mr Vaz said: “I am delighted to give my support to this worthwhile cause, by raising awareness and promoting support for pioneering research into Liver and Pancreatic Cancer which affects more than 15,000 people in the UK. Due to lack of funds, research and development to improve early detection is restricted, we must do all we can to eradicate this disease.”
John Isherwood, ACF doctor at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Liver and pancreas cancer research is costly and it does not have a high public profile - despite the number of people it affects. Funding is needed to ensure studies can continue. In Leicester, there is a very busy liver and pancreas unit which receives more than 1,400 patient referrals every year.”
He added: “The long-term survival rate for pancreatic cancer has not changed in 40 years and is a dismal 1-2%. This is in contrast to a near doubling in survival rates for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer.”
The visit from the MP for Leicester Forest East preceded a charity bike ride on Saturday June 21, which saw liver and pancreatic cancer patients, their families, along with doctors, managers and nurses from Leicester’s Hospitals, cycle from Leicester to Skegness. The money raised from the 95 mile round trip will be used to ensure research into liver and pancreatic cancer continues in Leicester.