Pancreatic Cancer

In this episode we focus on pancreatic cancer, what it is, why it is so hard to treat and about some of the amazing research being conducted into fighting it.

Our guests are Dr Grainne O’Kane from St James Hospital and Frances Crowley who has been a huge influence on cancer fund-raising in memory of her late husband jockey Pat Smullen.


·        Why pancreatic cancer is so difficult

·        Frances shares the story of her late husband Pat

·        How she became a patient advocate

·        The incredible amounts she has been able to raise with the racing community

·        Where we stand today with pancreatic cancer trials

·        Frances reveals a big announcement

·        The importance of patient partnership in public/private research

·        What is next


Cancer Trials Ireland is a registered charity and the leading cancer research trials organisation in Ireland. It aims to provide every patient with cancer access to high-quality and potentially life-altering cancer trials and to make Ireland a highly attractive location to open cancer trials.

Since 2000, 623 cancer trials have opened in Ireland, with more than 33,500 patients taking part. In 2022, a survey of public attitudes revealed three in five people in Ireland would take part in a clinical trial. Almost all cancer clinical trials available in Ireland are listed on the Cancer Trials Ireland website:

Cancer Trials Ireland is partly funded by the Health Research Board and the Irish Cancer Society. It also receives income from pharmaceutical companies and international research groups, as well as through philanthropic giving and donations from members of the public.

Since 2017, Cancer Trials Ireland has rolled out an annual campaign (Just Ask) to promote public awareness and understanding of clinical trials and associated issues. Just Ask 2023 is support through an unrestricted grants from AbbVie, Bayer, MSD, Novartis, & Pfizer.

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