Stomach and oesophageal cancers are malignant tumours found in the tissues of the stomach or oesophagus. They are two separate cancers that can develop in any part of either organ. There are different types of both cancers.
Stomach and oesophageal cancers are usually slow-growing. They may grow for many years before any symptoms are felt.
Each year, about 590 people in Victoria are diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Oesophageal cancer affects about 330 people in Victoria each year.
About $1.5 million has been given to fund research specifically into stomach and oesophageal cancer.
In addition, more than $14.5 million has been spent on research projects looking into the detection and treatment of all tumour types (including stomach and oesophageal).
Overall, Cancer Council Victoria has funded $46 million worth of extramural research since 2003.
Cancer Council Victoria has also spent more than $1.3 million in the past four years on discovering more about the causes of less common cancers such as this one, as part of the Forgotten Cancers Project.