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PLANETS Charitable Fund are excited to have committed to provide a grant over a two year period for a pancreatic research project: ́The role of Eps8 in αvβ6-dependent functions in pancreatic cancer invasion’ to be undertaken by Dr Jo Tod.

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PC) has one of the worst outcomes of any cancer; only 3.7% of patients survive for more than 5 years. Patients usually present with advanced disease, less than 20% of patients are suitable for surgical treatment, mainly because at the time of diagnosis the tumour has already spread into adjacent tissues, making surgery impossible. It is clear that in order to improve outcomes of this disease new molecular-based treatments and methods to improve early diagnosis are required.  For more details on the project, please click here.

New treatment options for pancreatic cancer and methods of early diagnosis are desperately needed. University Hospital Southampton (UHS) is a tertiary centre for pancreatic disease and is a Nationally recognised Pancreatic Centre. Additionally we have the Cancer Sciences Unit and the Cancer Research UK Centre and hence UHS is a fantastic place to drive pancreatic cancer research forward.

Dr Jo Tod commented ‘I am really excited and think this will make a massive difference to the pancreatic cancer research that can be achieved at Southampton.’  Alongside purchasing new equipment to improve and introduce new treatment options as well as provide support to patients, this is exactly what PLANETS were aiming for when the charity was set up in 2011 and we are very excited to be achieving so many things on our wish list. Thank you to everyone that has supported and fund-raised for us – you have made this happen!


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