About Us

NIPANC is a Northern Ireland charity working to improve the outcomes of pancreatic cancer by:

  • Increasing public understanding of this cancer

  • Promoting awareness of the cancer’s signs and symptoms by both medical professionals and members of the public

  • Funding vital research

  • Supporting patients and their families

NIPANC has its roots in a group of people affected by pancreatic cancer coming together for support and to raise funds to promote better diagnosis and treatment for future patients.  

The charity’s work brings together families who have suffered losses from pancreatic cancer, families who are currently facing a diagnosis and survivors of the disease.

NIPANC concentrates its research funding in Northern Ireland, working collaboratively with other charities to fund vital research and promote early diagnosis of the disease.

NIPANC gives a stronger voice to families affected by pancreatic cancer in Northern Ireland.

Together we will press for necessary priority to be given to early diagnosis; encourage and support research into the development of new and innovative treatments; and provide advice and support to patients and families affected by the disease.

Working together we can make a real difference, changing the outcomes of pancreatic cancer and saving lives.

Thank you for your support


Our President and Patron

Mr. Tom Diamond, the eminent surgeon, has taken over the role of President of NIPANC.

Mr. Thomas (Tom) Diamond BSc MD FRCS FRCSI is a recently retired Consultant Surgeon who specialised in disorders of the liver, biliary system, and pancreas.  He trained in Northern Ireland and France and was involved in the establishment and delivery of the specialist hepatic, pancreatic and biliary (HPB) surgical service in Northern Ireland. 

Mr. Diamond continues to be involved in surgical assessment as a specialist HPB examiner in the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) exit examination. 

Referring to Mr. Tom Diamond taking on this important role, NIPANC Chairperson Ivan McMinn said: “Mr. Diamond will bring a lifetime of medical experience to supporting NIPANC’s work.  I am particularly appreciative of his skills, as someone who experienced them first-hand when he operated on me for Pancreatic Cancer nearly ten years ago!”

Professor Jim Dornan, the first President of NIPANC, died in March 2021. Jim, whose wife Lorna died of Pancreatic cancer, was internationally renowned as a leading obstetrician and gynaecologist. 

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Kyle Lafferty one of Northern Ireland football’s top scorers, is NIPANC’s new patron.

Welcoming the challenges of his new role Kyle said:  “I know from my family’s own experience just how devastating it is to cope with losing a loved on to a pancreatic disease.”

“I can do nothing to turn back the clock for my sister Sonia.  But by taking up the role of patron to NIPANC I can hopefully help other families who encounter Pancreatic Cancer and other pancreatic diseases.”

Kyle acknowledged that the role of patron to NIPANC would be a challenge:  “NIPANC’s last patron, Jamie Dornan, set a high bar for future patrons!  Like him I lost a loved on to a Pancreatic disease and, like him, I am committed to working with NIPANC to give hope to future families facing these conditions.”

Jamie announced that he was stepping down as his family and film commitments made it impossible for him to put the time into the role which he would have wanted.  Jamie, who lost his mother to Pancreatic Cancer more than 20 years ago remains a staunch supporter of NIPANC and its work in Northern Ireland.

Kyle Lafferty made his first international appearance for Northern Ireland in 2006 and has more than 80 caps, representing the team at UEFA Euro 2016.  With 20 goals he is the team's second highest scorer of all time, behind former strike partner David Healy on 36.

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