Pancare Foundation is Australia’s only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting patients with upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers – pancreatic, liver, stomach, biliary and oesophageal cancers.
Following on from the success of the 2022 Dry July campaign, Pancare Foundation were able to raise funds to support the delivery of a national education program “Connecting for Hope: Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers and You” to facilitate improved awareness among the upper GI cancer community of patients, carers, families, and local health professionals. Furthermore, a proportion of the funding will also go toward expanding the Care Coordinator support offered by the PanSupport team for patients and carers. The need for more specialist nurse, counsellor and care navigation for our patients has grown in the last year and Pancare Foundation are thrilled to have Dry July support us to provide assistance to those who need it.
Each year more then 13,000 Australians are diagnosed with an upper GI cancer, however due to the lack of screening for early detection, tragically many patients are diagnosed when the cancer is already advanced. It’s Pancare’s mission to improve survival and support for all Australians diagnosed through funding research and providing access to our PanSupport team.
Whether it’s coping with a diagnosis, understanding treatment options, managing side effects, connecting with others, or counselling for those who have lost a loved one, our PanSupport team are there every step of the way providing dedicated support through every stage of the cancer journey. Our services are available complimentary, thanks to your generous support.
Our PanSupport services for patients and their families include:
• cancer support helpline - specialist upper GI cancer nurses
• counselling support
• care coordinator support
• cancer information and resources
• support groups
• financial assistance
So, what are you waiting for?! Go Dry this July and support Australians affected by upper GI cancers.