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The Cardiff woman connects to a faster treatment of pancreatic cancer


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Charlotte Thomas said that the "tough times" lost his brother Mark and her mother helped the family approach each other

A woman whose mother and brother died of pancreatic cancer has been talking for faster treatment after diagnosis.

Pancreatic cancer UK wants a 20-day target for treatment before 2024.

Charlotte Thomas, 43, in Cardiff, said it was a "living nightmare" to lose his mother Mavis Dallinger, 59 in 2001, followed by her brother Mark Merry, 51, in October 2017.

The Welsh government said it was expected that people with any cancer "were treated as quickly as possible".

Pancreatic UK said that one in four people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer died within a month and three out of four died within a year.

Managing Director Diana Jupp said they were denied their only chance of survival because they simply are not treated quickly enough. "

The charity organization wants a rollout of a fast-running project co-financed by the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

This average average time for surgery for 32 patients from two months to over two weeks – 31 had their tumors removed successfully.

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Charlotte Thomas said that her mother Mavis Dallinger and Brother Mark Merry were robbed of their future

It also wants single clinics to be introduced where all necessary tests to determine people's suitability for surgery can be done and specialist care staff coordinate care with relevant departments.

"In recent years, we have seen outstanding advances in other cancers such as breast and prostate and a shocking lack of progress for the pancreas," says Jupp.

Mrs. Thomas said patients are currently being diagnosed and sent home for several weeks while treatment is being treated.

She described this as "psychological torture" for her brother.

A Welsh government spokesman said: "Pancreatic cancer tends to be difficult to identify in its early, more manageable steps.

"However, clinics can prioritize patients based on the severity of their disease."

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Mavis Dallinger and her son Mark Merry died both of the same type of cancer

"Robbed of their future"

Mrs. Dallinger was diagnosed in January 2001 and died in December.

When her son began to experience similar symptoms in February 2016, he had a CT scan and was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

It had spread to his liver and he could not have surgery so it could only be offered palliative care. He lived for 20 months until his death in October 2017.

Mrs. Thomas said, "My amazing mother passed away and she was only 59. She felt her future had been robbed of her, like how most people with pancreas feel when they are diagnosed.

"When my brother called me from A & E and said he had the same thing as mum it had completely ruined me.

"At first we thought that since 15 years had passed since we had lost our mother to the same disease, there must be something they can do for my brother – there must be another forecast or there must be another treatment.

"Then we were so full of fear that we knew what our mother had been through and we feared that it would be exactly the same for Mark. It was a living nightmare.

"For my brother it was the worst of all how it affected him psychologically. He felt his future had been robbed of him and he did not want to be the person with cancer.

"Mark was on strong steroids for the pain and I think they affect his mind.

"The hospital put him on ketamine and the strongest pain-relieving medicine they could find. It just took over his body and his life.

"My granddaughter actually had his head on his chest when his heart stopped. The only comfort was that he no longer suffered."

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