Leading Victorian researchers will share in $7million of grants to continue the fight against cancer.
Acting Minister for Health Martin Foley recently announced the 14 successful recipients to be supported through the latest Victorian Cancer Agency funding round.
Researchers from Victoria’s world-leading cancer research centres will work to improve outcomes for patients by investigating cancers, such as blood, breast, bowel, lung, neuroendocrine, prostate, pancreatic, skin and malignant rhabdoid tumours (an aggressive and lethal cancer in children).
These grants include the inaugural Victoria-USA Cancer Fellowship Exchange Program, awarded to investigate therapy-resistant prostate cancers to develop new treatments for patients at risk.
The program began following former US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to open the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in 2017.
Since being established in 2006, the Victorian Cancer Agency has now invested almost $188million into translational cancer research.
In 2015, cancer caused the death of more than 10000 Victorians, while one in three men and one in four women will be diagnosed with cancer by age 75.
Acting Minister for Health Martin Foley said investing in world-leading cancer research and clinical trials is the first step in the quest to find a cure.
‘‘We’re lucky to have so many dedicated and talented researchers working to save lives ... and we’re proud to be helping more Victorians touched by cancer to get the care and treatment they need, sooner,’’ he said.