The GHA has marked Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month with a series of initiatives in the lead up to World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Thursday 17th November, when a purple flag will fly outside St Bernard’s Hospital.
The GHA’s Consultant Medical Oncologist and Clinical Director for Cancer Services, David Ballesteros Quintanilla, was invited by Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Gibraltar to attend and present at a dinner at Grand Battery House. Dr Ballesteros Quintanilla provided medical advice about awareness, from a Consultant’s point of view, and was joined by 5 members of the Cancer Unit. Dr Ballesteros Quintanilla explained that in Gibraltar at least 47 patients have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer since 2016, two thirds had stage 4 disease and 57% were men.
The GHA Director General Prof Patrick Geoghegan was unable to attend in person but sent a video message, thanking Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Gibraltar for their tireless work to the benefit of Pancreatic Cancer patients and the wider community.