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

Cancer Council Victoria does not itself conduct laboratory research involving animals.

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

A legacy to the future of cancer research

For Maria, supporting cancer research is everything - she has witnessed too many friends and family dying from cancer.  The prospect of finding solutions that will help people with cancer to “recover and have a wonderful life” is one that has inspired her to leave a gift in her Will that will have a significant impact on future generations.  Read more

Cutting-edge method to treat breast cancer

In a cutting-edge new study funded by Cancer Council Victoria, Dr Ajithkumar Vasanthakumar from the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and his colleagues are developing a new therapeutic approach to target immunosuppressive cells that block the effectiveness of immunotherapy for patients living with breast cancer. Read more

Impact under the microscope

In May, people who have or are considering including a gift in their Will to Cancer Council Victoria were invited on a laboratory tour to learn about the ground-breaking research underway - seeing first-hand the impact a gift in their Will can have. Read more

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