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New support group for people in Staffordshire affected by pancreatic cancer

A new pancreatic cancer support group set up by a Staffordshire woman who lost her husband to the condition will meet for the first time tonight.

Lesley Goodburn's husband Seth passed away just 33 days after being diagnosed. 

Now she wants to help other people, and is also raising awareness of the condition among GPs and other health professionals. 

The new Staffordshire Pancreatic Cancer Support Group meets for the first time at Newcastle Community Fire Station, Knutton Lane, from 5-7pm on Tuesday July 7. 

Lesley, of Kidsgrove, is a senior manager working for the NHS and specialising in patient engagement. She has contacted all six of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the county – Cannock Chase; East Staffordshire; North Staffordshire; Stafford and Surrounds; Stoke-on-Trent; South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula.

She said: “The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with offers of support. I am also helping raise awareness of the condition among GPs because, on average, sufferers visit their GPs six times before they receive a correct diagnosis.

“Pancreatic Cancer has a range of symptoms that can initially be misleading. It’s important everyone has as much awareness as possible.”

 

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