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PLANETS is a new charity based at Southampton General Hospital, dedicated to defeating Pancreas Liver And NeuroEndocrine Tumours (NETs). At PLANETS we raise money to help the Hospital provide world-class care for patients in supporting the hospital’s pioneering work in treatment, research and education.

Mission

The PLANETS vision is for University Hospital Southampton to be a leading centre in the UK for management of pancreatic, liver and NETs by 2020, achieving an international standard of clinical excellence and giving patients the widest and most advanced range of treatments available.

From researching medical conditions to buying vital equipment, to building a better environment and providing support for patients and their families we hope you can support us in our campaign to improve awareness, treatment and understanding of the disease in the hope that this will advance our knowledge and help find the cure to eradicate these kind of Cancers once and for all.

The PLANETS Team

Team Lead is Mr Neil Pearce DM FRCS who has been working as a consultant surgeon at Southampton Hospital since May 2003. With a vast degree of knowledge and experience he is most notably the Association of Upper GI Surgeons clinical lead for the introduction of new laparoscopic techniques in liver and pancreatic surgery and also the Liver Surgeons Clinical Commissioning Lead for the UK.

The rest of the team are made up of consultant doctors and nurses, all of whom have a particular interest in working with people who have these types of cancer. Their aim is to work together to try and give patients the best and most up to date treatment and care that they can offer. Luckily they are fortunate enough to work in a hospital environment that has a vision directed at establishing world leading care for specialist services, committed to research into pancreatic, liver and NET cancer and further develop and evaluate treatments to try and achieve a year by year improvement, in the long term out-look for these diseases.

PLANETS Patient Support Network

As part of the PLANETS website that is currently being built, a network has been set up to offer information and support to anyone affected by these cancers. The team understand that being diagnosed with cancer can be deeply distressing and they appreciate the isolation this can cause. The PLANETS Patient support will aim to replace that with a hand of friendship and support, which is fully committed to campaigning to improve awareness, treatment and understanding of the disease.

PLANETS Aims

One of the main aims of the PLANETS charity is to raise funds for our tumour bank which stores samples of blood and tumour cells from patients with pancreas, liver and NET cancers for research purposes, to enable us to learn more about the disease and develop new treatments.

Our other principle aim is to raise funds for new equipment for operating theatres and radiology suites to enable us to stay at the cutting edge of modern practice offering all of the most up to date diagnostic and treatment methods for NET and other types of tumours affecting the pancreas, liver and abdominal organs. Equipment that is used to treat tumours in these organs also often work for other cancers of the pancreas, liver and internal organs, so by improving treatment for NETs we also improve the treatment for the more common pancreas and liver cancers too.

The PLANETS charity aims to raise funds for two main areas of work:

  1. To support research projects to improve our understanding of illnesses.
  2. To provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.

All of the money that we raise together goes directly to these two areas of the PLANETS charity and is protected for its intended use.

Although we provide many treatments for these tumours already, it is essential that we continually develop our service to provide the best and most modern care for our patients to prolong life, improve quality of life and offer cure when ever possible.

Funding for the tumour bank project is also critical as rare disorders such as NETs are under-supported in the research budgets of conventional grant funding organisations. In addition more preliminary data is frequently required to secure appropriate funding as funds are generally allocated to conditions with a greater impact on public health. Thus any funding at the present stage would help us to have a considerable competitive edge in securing further external grant funding for larger scale studies and clinical trials.

Our Goals Are…

Better patient outcomes.

Longer survival and better quality of life through early diagnosis and better treatment combinations

Better patient experience.

Better support, better information and communication, better facilities.

To get the best and be the best.

We can only achieve 1 and 2 by developing our team and our centre so that we attract funding for clinical support, diagnosis, therapeutics and research.