19 November 2020

Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) — The 19th of November is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers. If you are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Australia today, you have just a 9.8% chance of surviving. The best chemotherapy available only prolongs life by an average of 16 weeks. Last year, my father passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. We know that in the future, Pancreatic cancer doesn't need to be a death sentence, and I wish to take this opportunity to thank all those working hard on both early diagnosis and a cure. I wish to acknowledge the amazing work of Associate Professor Phoebe Phillips who leads the Pancreatic Cancer Translational Research Group at UNSW Medicine. The work being done by Professor Phillips and her team is getting us closer to a treatment and hopefully a cure. I also want to acknowledge the fantastic work being done by Purple Our World to improve the terrible statistics around pancreatic cancer. This World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Purple Our World has two requests: that you wear some purple and learn the symptoms: Lower Back Pain; Stomach Pain; Yellowing of eyes and skin; Unexplained weight loss.