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Pancreatic cancer patients urged to take part in trials

Currently less than 5% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer take part in trials. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

Pancreatic cancer patients are being urged to take part in clinical trials in an attempt to improve what have been described as "extremely poor" survival rates for those affected by the disease.

Leading charity Pancreatic Cancer UK said more participation was needed as less than 5% of those diagnosed with the disease took part in dedicated clinical trials.

Alex Ford, chief executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: "Pancreatic cancer is tough to treat and clinical trials are essential in so many ways.

"We want to see patient participation in trials at least doubled by 2020 across the UK."

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