Low Survival Cancers Alliance
While the five-year survival for cancers such as breast has improved to 90% thanks to long-standing investment in research, we are extremely concerned about the lack of research progress for low survival cancers. These cancers include mesothelioma, pancreas, liver, lung, oesophagus, gallbaldder, brain, adult acute myeloid leukaemia, stomach, and cancer of unknown primary. Victorians diagnosed today with a low survival cancer have a less than 50% chance of being alive in five years. For some, five-year survival is as low as 7%.
Cancer Council Victoria has joined with 10 other organisations to form the Low Survival Cancers Alliance. This Alliance is advocating for funding over the next ten years to help build the capacity of Victorian research into low survival cancers, grow the critical mass of researchers, and drive improvements in survival.