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The University of Wolverhampton is supporting Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and #GivingTuesday to fund new treatments for pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is the 11th most common cancer in the UK, with around 10,000 people being diagnosed each year.
It’s estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 418,000 new cases around the world every year, with a global mortality rate of 1,000 people dieing each day.
On average, more than 800 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the West Midlands every year. Survival has barely improved over the past 40 years with less than 5% of people living beyond 5 years from diagnosis.
Despite this, over the last decade only one per cent of the total UK cancer research spend has been dedicated to the disease.
We need your help to continue our research to help improve the outcome for thousands of people around the world.
Discovering, creating and testing new drug treatments can take decades and cost millions of pounds of research funding. Professor Weiguang Wang and his team are investigating the use of a treatment for alcoholism, Disulfiram, to treat different types of cancer – securing funding recently from Pancreatic Cancer UK to focus on this type of cancer.
As Disulfiram is a drug already clinically available, if it were successful in treating pancreatic cancer, it could be available to patients much more quickly.
“Current treatment options for pancreatic cancer are limited, but this is an extremely promising area of investigation. If we’re successful, it could lead to new treatment options to improve outcomes for people with pancreatic cancer all over the world.”
Professor Weiguang Wang, project lead
Your generosity on #GivingTuesday will help Professor Wang’s team with their vital work.
Here are some examples of how your donation can help: