Striving for a cancer-free future

Our cancer research goal is to discover new prevention, detection, support, and treatment opportunities to improve cancer outcomes and save lives.

Cancer Council is a leading contributor to cancer research in Australia.

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Victoria’s largest not for profit funder of cancer research


More than $20 million invested in world-class research each year


Each year we fund more than 90 researchers

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The more research we can do to understand how cancer develops, progresses and generates resistance to normal treatments, the more chance we have of finding a cure.

- Dr Chris Burns

Our research

Our teams are contributing to world leading cancer research.

Through the generous donations to cancer research, Cancer Council is able to invest money in world-leading cancer research through cancer research grants, data, behavioural, lifestyle and genetic research.

Research grants

Scientific work funded in universities, hospitals and research institutes.

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Clinical Trials

Find out how we help patients access clinical trials.

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Victorian Cancer Registry

A world leader in data collection on cancer in Victoria.

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Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer

Testing policies and campaigns that can reduce population cancer risk.

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Cancer Epidemiology Division

Undertaking research to understand factors that can contribute to the development of cancer.

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McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer

Find out how we use the law to prevent cancer and to protect people affected by it.

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Research Governance

Cancer Council Victoria is committed to the responsible and ethical conduct of research. Read more

Research grants

Research grants

Scientific work we fund in universities, hospitals and research institutes.

Clinical trials

Helping people to access clinical trials throughout Victoria

Clinical trials

Cancer research stories

Re-purposing cardiac drugs to improve radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer

Thursday 4 May 2023

In a groundbreaking new study, Cancer Council Victoria--funded researchers are exploring whether a cardiac drug called a beta-blocker can be re-purposed to improve the effects of radiotherapy for cancer treatment.

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Researcher Spotlight: Dr Debra Gook

Monday 22 August 2022

Thanks to your support, Cancer Council Victoria’s Grants-in-Aid program funds high quality research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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World-first centre celebrates 10 years of advancing law to stop cancer

Friday 1 April 2022

A decade after launching as the only centre of its kind in the world, the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer continues to have global impact shaping laws that prevent cancer and protect people affected by it.

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