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The 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.

Each year more than 12,400 Australians are diagnosed; and because there is no early detection test for these cancers, tragically many only find out when the cancer is already advanced. It’s our mission to improve survival and support for all Australians diagnosed with upper GI cancers.
Through our dedicated patient support program, PanSupport, we support patients and their families from the point of diagnosis, through to treatment and beyond.

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. All of our services are available complimentary, thanks to your generous support.

Our PanSupport services for patients and their families include:
• telehealth support - specialist upper GI cancer nurses
• counselling support
• cancer information and resources
• support groups
• financial assistance.

This year, your Dry July fundraising will directly fund the work of our PanSupport team of specialist upper GI cancer nurses, counsellor and patient support manager.

So, what are you waiting for?! Go Dry this July and help give more than hope to Australians affected by upper GI cancers.

Latest Updates

Helping more Australians understand the signs and symptoms of upper GI cancers

Thanks to your support, you’ve helped Pancare develop a series of animated videos that help educate about the signs and symptoms of upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers – pancreatic, liver, stomach, biliary and oesophageal cancers.

Upper GI cancers often go undiagnosed in the early stages due to the presentation of vague symptoms such as nausea, pain in the upper abdomen, loss of appetite, weight loss and tiredness. Currently, no early detection tests are available.

Pancare’s new animation series will help individuals be able to identify and take action on any unusual or persistent symptoms and consult their GP for review before it’s too late.

Your Dry July fundraising has helped grow Pancare's specialist cancer nursing program

Your Dry July fundraising has helped employ two new specialist upper GI cancer nurses to support the needs of Australians diagnosed and living with pancreatic, liver, stomach, biliary and oesophageal cancers.

Our team of dedicated nurses in our PanSupport program are there for patients and their families through all stages of their cancer journey. From coping with a recent diagnosis, understanding treatment options or managing symptoms, our team provide practical support at a time when it’s needed most.

On behalf of Pancare Foundation and our team of specialist upper GI cancer nurses, thank you for helping us be there to support more Australians living with these devasting cancers.

You should feel so proud knowing the funds raised for Dry July have helped Pancare fund multiple projects and resources

Your fundraising for Dry July has enabled our Foundation to fund the following projects to better support Australians diagnosed with upper gastrointestinal cancers:

• Understanding your cancer diagnosis video series

• Expansion of Upper GI Cancer Specialist Nurse Service

• Upper GI Cancer Care KITs

These new initiatives, combined with Pancare Foundation’s PanSupport Service, helps ensure patients, carers and their families are supported through their cancer journey. Through our programs and resources we address physical, psychological, social, and emotional needs of patients living with pancreatic, stomach, liver, biliary and oesophageal cancers.

Pancare continues to provide services to support their patients

To learn more about the services that Pancare provides from their CEO, Doug Hawkins, click here 

Fundraising for Pancare will help people like Keon access practical support when they need it most

When Keon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 39, he turned to the Pancare Foundation for help.

Through Pancare’s PanSupport program, Keon was able to receive dedicated support, resources and the opportunity to connect with others to understand more about his diagnosis, treatment options and other practical ways to help him navigate living with cancer.

“Pancare Foundation have been a great source of support during my treatment with pancreatic cancer. Through their PanSupport program, I’ve had access to their Specialist Cancer Nurse, Shannon, who has helped me access treatment options and kept me motivated and determined to beat this disease. I’ve also had the opportunity to attend support groups and connect with others living with cancer to share our experiences, support one another and remain positive.

 I’d encourage others to get involved in Dry July and help Pancare give hope and support to others living with low-survival cancers.”