Following the sad news of actor Patrick Swayze’s death at the age of 57, University College and Princess Grace Hospital Consultant Surgeon Arjun Shankar talking to in Capital Health ’s Bob Davidson, gives an upbeat message for patients diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas.
He says: “Things are changing. Over recent years there have been significant advances in the treatment of pancreas cancer, which traditionally carried a poor outcome. All patients are now managed in specialist pancreas cancer centres and particular progress has been made in chemotherapy (both pre and post operatively as well as in palliation). There have also been good advances leading to more aggressive surgical techniques – sometimes involving the removal of associated tumour blood supply, targeted radiotherapy and non surgical palliative interventions. Patients in the UK should feel confident that they have access to the highest quality of healthcare via the NHS and via NHS / private sector collaborations comparable to anywhere in the World. For example, Harley Street at UCH is a pioneering collaboration between two highly respected London hospitals that delivers world-class treatments for cancers.”
Arjun Shankar is currently writing an article for in Capital Health to update patients on some of the latest surgical treatment philosophies – in plain English.