What we do

MISSION: To reduce the impact of all cancers for all Victorians.

VALUES: Excellence, integrity, compassion


Every year, more than 30,500 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 11,000 will die from cancer. The number of cases will increase as our population grows and ages. Survival will also improve as we get better at early detection and treatment of cancer.

Since our establishment in 1937, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people.

Our challenges

  • More than 30% of cancers can be prevented.
  • Research continues to underpin improved survival.
  • As Victorians live longer with cancer, the need for support will increase.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, CALD communities, low socio economic status Victorians, and rural/regional Victorians experience poorer cancer outcomes and require tailored strategies.
  • Victorians with incurable cancer require palliative care that promotes quality of life and dignity.

Our stakeholders

Our work is made possible by collaboration with strategic partners and the generous support of the Victorian community, including:

  • People affected by cancer
  • Health Professionals and Health Services
  • Research Institutions
  • Government
  • Volunteers
  • Donors
  • Community organisations
  • Community




Our prevention programs strive to reduce the incidence of cancers attributable to tobacco, UV radiation, alcohol, obesity and infection, particularly in high-risk populations.

We do this by:

Advocating for evidence-based policy reform.

Educating the community about reducing cancer risk.

Educating health professionals about effective cancer prevention.

Increasing cancer screening and vaccination.

Gathering evidence on the health and economic benefits of cancer prevention.

Our support programs strive to reduce the impact of cancer by providing reliable information and compassionate support to people living with cancer, their family and friends.

We do this by:

Providing free telephone and Internet support services staffed by trained oncology nurses.

Providing practical information about coping with cancer.

Training people across Victoria to deliver support groups for patients, survivors and families.

Providing practical support to reduce the burden of cancer.

Advocating for improvements in treatment and support.

Educating health professionals about how to best support people living with cancer.

Our research programs underpin all of our work in cancer prevention and support and generate the knowledge required to continue to drive improvements in cancer survival.

We do this by:

Funding innovative laboratory and clinical research, to improve cancer outcomes.

Conducting epidemiological research to provide greater insights on cancer, lifestyle and genetics.

Conducting behavioural research to drive improvements in cancer management and prevention.

Providing relevant, timely and accessible data through the Victorian Cancer Registry.


Generates revenue through the creation of positive opportunities for community involvement via a range of ethical, innovative and cost-effective fundraising programs and initiatives.

Updated: 18 Nov, 2015