Cancer should not need to be an equity issue
At present, the five-year survival rate for liver cancer is just 14 per cent for Indigenous Australians and 20 per cent for non-Indigenous Australians. It is estimated that 2,832 Australians will be diagnosed with liver cancer this year alone, with men three times as likely to be diagnosed as women.
While Australia boasts enormous research and clinical expertise in metabolic, infective, and inflammatory liver diseases, and is a world leader in the science and clinical practice of liver transplantation, there is not a single major program working on liver cancer.
VCCC Alliance Research & Education Lead Lung Cancer, new appointment
Associate Professor Gavin Wright, VCCC Alliance Research and Education Lead, Lung Cancer is the new Chair of Cancer Australia’s Lung Cancer Advisory Group.
The advisory group has a mission to provide clinical input and strategic advice in relation to the early design of a potential national lung cancer screening program for people at high risk of lung cancer in Australia and provide ongoing input to increasing awareness and uptake of Cancer Australia’s lung cancer resources.
Shifting Gears: Rethinking Survivorship
The 4th Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference hosted by the VCCC Alliance and the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) at Peter Mac will move from a hybrid to a fully virtual event next month as Victoria continues to grapple with Omicron’s impact.
While the decision was not an easy one, conference convenor Professor Michael Jefford said health and safety were top priorities. “We have become adept at managing virtual events during the pandemic and there are some advantages to the online format. A key consideration is safety of delegates and the broader health workforce,” he said.
Unveiling the uncomfortable truth in Aboriginal health and cancer outcomes
This year the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) began a new three-year 'Close the Care Gap' campaign designed to raise awareness about the numerous barriers that exist for people around the world in accessing the cancer care they need.
In Australia, data shows that the greatest disadvantage is borne by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.