Increasing cancer survival.
How you’ve made a difference in 2019/20
Through our Pathways to a cancer free future program, our researchers continue to investigate how to optimise cancer screening and early detection in Australia, ultimately saving more lives.Read more
Reducing the impact of COVID-19 on cancer
The impact of COVID-19 has caused disruptions to cancer prevention, early detection and patient care services. Unless people continue to be screened for cancers, and health services are prioritised throughout the pandemic response and recovery, we could see many more deaths from cancer caused by the indirect impacts of COVID-19 than by the virus itself.
To help avoid this, we have rapidly expanded our research to develop a COVID-19 and cancer research plan, focused on all cancers and cancer interventions, aimed at preventing a COVID-19-related spike in cancer deaths and improving future outcomes.
Cancer Council NSW is expanding our research to assist the Australian COVID-19 response. We know COVID-19 is impacting on cancer – already the leading cause of premature death in NSW. We urgently need to know more, to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and accelerate our pathway to a cancer free future.
– Professor Karen Canfell, Director of Cancer Research
Where our research funding goes
- All cancers$5,061,701
- Childhood cancers$1,249,102
Improving the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors
In 2020, more children are surviving cancer than ever before. But for many of those survivors, the very treatment that saved their lives will impact their quality of life for years, and even decades, into the future.
Read Dave’s story
I think the impact would have been so different if it happened to me as an adult – I would have had more resources to deal with it, it wouldn’t have been the only thing I’d ever known.
– Dave Cassar, childhood cancer survivor
A better quality of life for prostate cancer survivors
Across NSW, about 6,690 men will hear the words “you have prostate cancer” each year.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian men (aside from common skin cancers). Although treatments for prostate cancer have a very high success rate in saving lives, survivors often experience distressing side-effects – the most common being impotence, incontinence and bowel problems. Despite this, there has been limited research into the long-term effects on survivors’ quality of life.
What’s next: Analysing COVID-19’s impact
Our researchers are conducting an Australia-wide study investigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people affected by cancer and healthcare workers in cancer services. The team are analysing results of surveys of people affected by cancer (current and past cancer patients, carers and family members of someone with cancer) and healthcare workers conducted during the pandemic.
Reducing cancer risk
Every year in Australia, about 44,000 cancer cases are diagnosed that could have been prevented. But you are changing this.
“I’ve always been careful with my kids in the sun, but after my melanoma we’ve been even more careful. It’s so important that we protect our kids.” - Stacey, melanoma survivor
Improving quality of life
Because of your support, no one needs to go through cancer alone – no matter where they live in NSW.
“The financial stress was worse than the stress about dying. Cancer Council helped reimburse me for the petrol I used getting to and from Sydney and helped pay for my accommodation. It 100% took a load off my mind.” – Ryan Channells, father of two
Improving outcomes for priority populations
We know that there are communities experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease and poorer cancer outcomes. You're helping address this.
To help address the burden of tobacco-related cancers among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, we partnered with community for our Tackling Tobacco program, and the 2019 Oceania Tobacco Control Conference.
Who we are
In what’s been a challenging year for many, our commitment to be an Inspirational Place to Volunteer and Work has remained strong.
Over the past year, the delivery of key initiatives has contributed to our employee retention efforts, and we’ve seen our employee voluntary turnover halve in the last five years.