Funding ground-breaking scientific research into the
liver, pancreas, gallbladder and biliary tree illnesses,
creating new options for their treatment and cure.
The liver, pancreas, gallbladder and biliary tree are affected by illnesses that range
from the simple and benign, to the life changing and fatal. Although most people have heard of the liver in relation to news stories about alcohol consumption, fewer have
heard of the pancreas and its crucial role in the body, and biliary tree and gallbladder
are complete mysteries to most.
This relatively poor awareness of these organs and the medical speciality that deals
with them makes funding much-needed research into their causes and treatment very difficult. The need for funding is clear: liver cancer and pancreatic cancer claim
thousands of lives in the UK each year; pancreatitis is a poorly understood condition
that affects all age groups and remains a killer of young and old alike; and cancers of
the biliary tree have some of the lowest survival rates of any type of cancer. This is
why LAPResearchUK was set up.