11 Jan Pancreatic cancer survey launches today in Essex
Pancreatic Cancer UK is asking people with pancreatic cancer in Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree to complete a survey about the impact the disease has had on them, both physically and psychologically. They will also be asked about their experiences of care and what they need from their care, to identify how this support could be improved in the future.
The charity says the survey is vital because not enough is known about the specific care needs of people diagnosed, and as a result it has heard from people affected that their support needs are often not met by the services and information they receive. The survey will be the first UK-wide opportunity for patients to share the impact the disease has on their quality of life, and whether the care and information they receive helps them to manage this.
The survey also aims to highlight specific areas where there are gaps in care or information, and areas which need improving. Pancreatic Cancer UK hopes that support and information will then be developed and improved to better meet the needs of people with the disease.
Patients currently being treated at Broomfield Hospital are encouraged to ask their doctor or nurse for a copy of the survey, or they can take part in the survey online at www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/supportneedssurvey.