This project originated as part of the International Cancer Benchmarking Project (ICBP) – an international collaboration led by Cancer Research UK – that aims to investigate the underlying reasons for international differences in cancer survival. Module 2 entailed a population survey of cancer beliefs and symptom awareness. Module 4 of the ICBP examines pathways to diagnosis and involves a survey of patients recently diagnosed with breast, bowel, lung or ovarian cancer regarding their diagnosis experience. Building on this project, funding was secured for a PhD scholarship for Rebecca Bergin to extend the study to examine pathways to cancer diagnosis and treatment for metropolitan and regional breast and colorectal cancer patients to examine whether differences reflect the survival advantage metropolitan colorectal cancer patients have over regional patients.
Prof Vicki White, Rebecca Bergin, Kerry Haynes
Prof Jon Emery and Prof Bob Thomas (The University of Melbourne), Kathryn Whitfield (Victorian Department of Health and Human Services), ICBP Module 4 Project team led by Prof David Weller (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Prof Peter Vedsted (Aarhus University) with Cancer Research UK staff
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Council Victoria
2013 - present