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The pancreas is a large gland situated deep in the abdomen or stomach region of the body. It is located between the stomach and the spine.

It is around six inches long and there are three main parts to it. The widest part is called the “head” and this sits near the small intestine. The part in the middle is called the “body” and the thin part is referred to as the “tail”.

It is very difficult to detect, so Pancreatic Cancer is extremely serious. Around 8,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with this form of cancer. In its early stages pancreatic cancer rarely causes any symptoms.

  • Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death.
  • Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancers.
  • It is the only cancer that has seen no improvement in survival rates over the last 40 years.
  • In 2011, pancreatic cancer attracted just 1% of research funding from the major funding bodies.


The first time we knew something was wrong was when Mr Joseph Varghese, a wonderful Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgeon at Bolton Royal Hospital, visited Mum for what we thought were gall stones.

"So sorry. Your Mother has a mass in her pancreas." Just over 90 days later, and Mum had left us.

Some tumor types lend themselves to research much more than others, so researchers are attracted to areas or disease where they believe they can make progress rapidly and effectively. Pancreatic Cancer is difficult to diagnose and treat, so researchers are only just starting to get to grips with this silent killer.

We’re looking to make more people aware of this cancer. Recent headlines have started to make the public at large aware of the illness, and thanks to a popular soap featuring a key character that develops Pancreatic Cancer, it is now making headline news.

Family and Friends have already donated and have given us a great start. Donate today and help us start the fight against Pancreatic Cancer and make real strides towards getting a grip on this cancer.

“Vittoria” is not just our mum’s name but also means “Victory”, and if we are to achieve Victory over Pancreatic Cancer, we need all the help we can get.

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