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. We took IMPACT on the road for two years and delivered it nationally, completing in January 2020. The programme: Improving Management for Patients with Advanced Colorectal Tumours (IMPACT) was for bowel cancer multi-disciplinary teams to improve their awareness and understanding of treatment options for patients with advanced disease that has spread (liver metastases, recurrent cancer and advanced disease). The success of the programme was measured by an increase in the number of patients referred to appropriate referral centres and an increased survival rate.
This programme composed of 13 workshops throughout the UK – the first of which was held in Basingstoke on 26th January 2018. 160 hospitals and 1,400 doctors and nurses were involved. We are confident that this programme was as warmly received as our last national programme (SPECC) and will not only improve survival rates for bowel cancer patients, but also help patients gain a better quality of life following their treatment.
Pelican IMPACT was a national development programme held in collaboration with ACPGBI – for all colorectal MDTs and specialist tertiary care consultants to discuss optimal treatment for advanced colorectal cancer including liver, lung and peritoneal metastases, advanced and recurrent primary cancer.
Pelican IMPACT aimed to:
- Help all patients have the best treatment at the best time for them at the best place for them
- Make all colorectal clinicians aware of current and developing pathway options for advanced disease
- Drive more consistent processes across all colorectal MDTs to support individual patients’ treatment.
Feedback from delegates:
‘Anna Wilkinson’s talk was a real highlight – best talk I have had in a long time’
‘Very interesting day, use of case studies & patient videos really relate to current practice’
‘Patient videos were fantastic – I really enjoyed the holistic nature of the day’
‘Felt presenters were critical of others without evidence for dismissing them’
‘Would be good to know what specialities are where, allowing us to point patients in the right direction for the right treatment options’
‘Excellent thought-provoking day. A relief that most of what we are doing seems sensible’
‘Palliative care talk was BRILLIANT’
‘I enjoyed the patient films. If possible it would be good to hear from the patients discussed in case studies or practitioner who hear from the practitioner who knows patient to give more info on videos’
‘Patient video a very good way of bringing in the patient voice – thank you’
‘Extremely interesting how different surgeons and teams discuss and work and change their treatment plan to obtain the same end results.’