We have now launched Pelican IMPACT (in collaboration with ACPGBI) – Improving Management for Patients with Advanced Colorectal Tumours.
Led by Professor Brendan Moran from Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Professor Jim Hill from Manchester Royal Infirmary and Ms Nicola Fearnhead, from Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, formed the leadership with Pelican CEO, Sarah Crane, at the inaugural meeting on Friday 26 January.
After presentations of case studies and expert panel discussion, it was agreed that the ground-breaking work will give more patients an informed choice about the best treatment options and available supportive care.
The Pelican IMPACT programme will hold a series of 14 regional workshops across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, for bowel cancer teams (MDTs) which include a surgeon, palliative care consultant, radiologist, oncologist, pathologist, and a clinical nurse specialist.
The free one-day seminars will inform cancer specialists of the current and developing pathway options for treating the advanced stage of the disease in order to encourage the best possible treatment for every patient. The awareness-raising sessions will include videos featuring patient case studies and the opportunity for the MDTs to discuss, with expert opinion, the multiple options for patients with advanced bowel tumours.
Pelican chief executive Sarah Crane opened the inaugural meeting and welcomed the enthusiastic support that has been received for the new programme.
She said: “Launching Pelican IMPACT Is hugely exciting – we look forward to rolling out the programme to multidisciplinary teams across the country, and hope the result will be more streamlined referrals and better-informed choice for patients.
“By improving communication and education about advanced colorectal cancer among clinicians in the UK, we can focus on the latest treatment pathways to deliver the best possible palliative specialist care for patients.
“This is Pelican’s fourth national development programme for bowel cancer multi-disciplinary teams and our most ambitious yet. We want to help all patients with advanced bowel cancer as sadly bowel cancer remains the second greatest cause of cancer death in the UK.”
Dr Lisa Boulstridge, from Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust – spoke on the importance of early palliative care to help alleviate bowel cancer patients’ psychological concerns and physical symptoms.
Palliative Care Consultant Dr Anna Wilkinson, from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, emphasised the importance of talking about what we want at the end of life – for ourselves, our families and our patients. Talking about the end of life is never easy and often the conversation is avoided until it is too late, she said.
The next Pelican IMPACT workshop will be held for the Yorkshire and Humberside cancer network on 21st March, where around 150 more doctors and nurses will attend.
Bowel cancer remains the second greatest cause of cancer death in the UK – and our aim is to help more patients live better, for longer.