Call for better funding, research and awareness of pancreatic cancer to help improve survival rates

Natalie Dunne was the healthiest she had ever been when she began getting abdominal pains in the summer of 2015.

“It was like a balloon enlarging and putting pressure on my back, mainly at night.” she said.

FIGHTING: Natalie Dunne dons a purple ribbon to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day and has called for more funding and research in to the disease. Picture: Lachlan Bence

FIGHTING: Natalie Dunne dons a purple ribbon to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day and has called for more funding and research in to the disease. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Initial tests revealed pancreatitis and Mrs Dunne was hospitalised, but over the next two weeks her health deteriorated and, after a biopsy, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

That was almost three years ago. Surgeons removed the tumour and Mrs Dunne is now part of a drug trial which aims to improve the poor survival rate for pancreatic cancer and, most importantly, is feeling healthy and positive.

Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day, with the Pancare Foundation demanding better awareness, funding and research for the disease.