research unlocking the answers to a cancer free future

At Cancer Council, we’re here every minute, every hour, every day for Australians affected by cancer. Every day, we’re working towards a cancer free future and thanks to our supporters, Australia’s brightest cancer research minds are helping us get there sooner. I hope you enjoy discovering more about our world-class research, and join us in celebrating the impact we’re making together.

Professor Sanchia Aranda
CEO Cancer Council Australia

Together, we’re leading the way.

Cancer Council is a respected global leader in funding and conducting cancer research, and has made key contributions to progress in cancer prevention, treatment, and support.

Our investment extends across all cancers, and all stages of the cancer journey - because we believe that’s how we can make the biggest difference.

Our supporters have helped us become the largest non-government funder of cancer research in the country, investing $288 million in Australian cancer research over the past five years alone.

We are the largest non-government funder of cancer research in Australia.

But best of all, our commitment to research is paying off – in dramatic changes to the cancer landscape and the lives of people affected by cancer.

Because of research:

  • More people are surviving cancer
  • More Australians are taking action to prevent it
  • A constant stream of new discoveries is providing hope – and more time with loved ones
  • Australians are getting more support to help deal with cancer
  • And brilliant Australian researchers are on their way to unlocking more of cancer’s secrets.

Investment in research by organisations like Cancer Council has helped increase survival rates from 49% in the 1980s to 69% today.

Together, we can.

The exciting breakthroughs and discoveries made by Cancer Council funded researchers are all thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Without the compassion and donations of people like you, Cancer Council simply couldn’t fund so much vital research.

But with you, we can and will find more ways to prevent, understand, treat and support those affected by cancer.

With your help, we're getting closer to a cancer free future every minute, every hour, every day.

We have the talent, the ideas and the technology, and with the continued support of Cancer Council donors we will reach a cancer free future.

Professor Joanne Aitken
Head of Research, Cancer Council Queensland

Every dollar counts.

We never forget our responsibility – to those who support us and those who need us – to make the most difference with every dollar invested.

That’s why the selection process for Cancer Council research grants is rigorous, transparent and highly competitive.

From among the thousands of projects we could fund, expert panels choose those which:

  • Have the most innovative ideas with the greatest potential promise to make the biggest difference.
  • Come from research teams with the best chance of success both now and in the future.
  • Are likely to significantly reduce the impact of cancer in one or more of the following aspects: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and support.

Every research dollar goes to Australia's brightest cancer research minds to turn their ideas into reality and bring us closer to a cancer free future, faster.

Breaking downour spend on research in 2017

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There's more than one path to acancer free future.

Research can help reduce the impact of cancer in many ways, so Cancer Council invests in every stage of the cancer journey to maximise the outcomes and value of our funding.

Stopping cancer before it starts is a powerful way to save lives. That’s why we support research into preventing cancer and detecting it early for the best chance of effective treatment to reduce its impact.

Unlocking cancer’s secrets is fundamental to improving outcomes for all people with all types of cancer. Our support for this type of research means we can better understand the causes of cancer, how it spreads and how it can be stopped. Discovery is accelerating, creating promise for a cancer free future.

Saving and extending lives is an area where Cancer Council research has made significant advancements in treatment, and given more Australians more time with their loved ones.

Supporting those affected in every way makes a difference because a cancer diagnosis can affect all aspects of a person's life. Cancer Council funds research into the best ways to support everyone affected by cancer.

The money the public donate to Cancer Council goes towards a wide variety of different areas across the cancer sector. It improves all aspects of people’s lives, from laboratory-based drug development to supportive care, and helps so many people that are passionate about improving outcomes for those affected by cancer.

Professor Gregory Monteith
Cancer Council funded researcher

We’re making an impactMEET OUR RESEARCHERS:

Preventing and detecting cancer

Understanding cancer

Saving and extending lives

Supporting those affected

Looking AheadWith your help, we'll continue funding the brightest minds all over Australia to push even more boundaries and break new ground.

How we help:

Find out more about the impact we're making across Australia.