AMMF’s Year in Review – highlights of 2018

The last year has been an exceptionally busy year for AMMF, and the following are just some of the highlights:   AMMF’s Cholangiocarcinoma Conference   International Cholangiocarcinoma Workshop   Data Analysis Project – and a new data analyst   Research funding awarded   Cholangiocarcinoma-UK AMMF’s Cholangiocarcinoma Conference We welcomed a record number of delegate...

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PHOTOSTENT-02 Report is published

The findings of the multicentre PHOTOSTENT-02 trial¹ (which ended in 2012) have now been published. This study investigated the possible benefits of the use of stenting plus photodynamic therapy (PDT)² against stenting alone in those with obstructive jaundice caused by cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer or biliary tract cancer (BTC)). It seems that those patients who received PDT in addition to st...

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AMMF’s Response to NHS England’s Draft Commissioning Policy re SIRT for Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma

NHS-funded SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy) had been available for patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma through the CtE (Commissioning through Evaluation) programme until this funding was withdrawn on 31st March 2017 ‘to be evaluated’. In June 2018, NICE issued their draft Interventional Procedures Guide (IPG) for comment regarding the safety and efficacy of intrahepatic chola...

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ENS-CCA Congress, Rome, 21-23 June

AMMF is a member of the European Network for the Study of Cholangiocarcinoma (ENS-CCA¹), and was very pleased to be invited to attend the second ENS-CCA congress in Rome, 21 to 23 June 2018. More than 180 participants attended this congress, all dedicated to working towards improving the future for those with cholangiocarcinoma. During the three very busy days, 36 studies were presented, including 8 o...

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AMMF’s Response to NICE Recommendations re SIRT for Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) are currently consulting on the safety and efficacy of SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy) for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, and have made their draft recommendations available for comment. To see the draft recommendations, click here               These latest draft recommen...

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ABC-03 clinical study results published in British Journal of Cancer

"Circulating biomarkers during treatment in patients with advanced biliary tract cancer receiving cediranib in the UK ABC-03 trial" Results from the ABC-03 clinical study have been published in the British Journal of Cancer (21.06.18). Dr Alison Backen, Systemic Therapy Research Project Manager in Medical Oncology at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, explains the study and the findings for AMMF:  ...

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Cholangiocarcinoma-UK

Following the Cholangiocarcinoma Workshop organised and hosted by Professor Nigel Heaton on Friday 19th January, Dr Shahid Khan introduced the Cholangiocarcinoma-UK group to the audience. The mission statement for Cholangiocarcinoma-UK, a group affiliated to the British Association for the Study of Liver Disease (a BASL Special Interest Group) is: “Cholangiocarcinoma-UK is a multi-disciplinary gro...

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UK contact numbers for medical advice during the holidays

As the long festive break begins, a reminder for all cholangiocarcinoma patients and their carers in the UK – if you have medical concerns during Christmas and New Year holidays, especially if you are undergoing treatment, first try the contact numbers you will have been given by your hospital or CNS (clinical nurse specialist) or if they are not available, for help and advice contact: ENGLAND - N...

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New! The AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma Scholarship

AMMF is delighted to announce The AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma Scholarship, a three-year PhD award.   The first of these three-year AMMF funded PhD studentships is specifically to investigate the role of mutations in bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). The successful PhD student will be based at The Boulter Lab, located in the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh.  The Boulter lab is r...

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AMMF launches ‘Our CC Family – Your Story’

            For the past five years during each February, Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month, AMMF has run a daily Guest Post feature on Facebook, which has proved to be extremely important to our supporters. Over those years, the response to this feature has grown enormously and, because of the limitation of the number of days in the month, we know that ...

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