Described as the ‘black box’ disease, brain cancer is one of the least understood of all the cancers. It has an average survival rate of six months to two years, attacks predominantly young people and remains under-studied and under-funded.
The Cancer Council along, with Clinical Neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo are on a quest to raise the profile of this killer cancer by encouraging leading organisations, expert scientists and medical specialists to contribute to ‘banking tumours’ across the nation with the new national fundraising and advocacy group, Brain Cancer Research Advocates.
The new fund aims to raise $700,000 per year over a five year period in order to paying for 6 research nurses across the nation (other than NSW & WA which already exist) as well as for research forums, blood & tissue extraction & collection.
They will build a large gene & tissue bank that will be accessed online so all researchers can obtain information regardless of their location.
- Despite a 7 percent increase in new brain cancer cases in Australia over the past decade, research funding for and survival rates remain low.
- There are over 1400 newly diagnosed cases of brain cancer each year.
- No significant improvement in survival rates has been made in two decades.
- Patients go from full health to being incapacitated within months.
- Brain cancer can affect anyone at any age. It can affect otherwise healthy adults in the prime of their lives.
- It is one of the most common causes of cancer in children (children younger than 14 may be at higher risk)
- Once diagnosed, patients only have a 25 percent chance of living past 2 years.
- Most die within 6 months.
- High Grade Glioma (HGG) is the common malignant brain cancer.
- The average survival rate is six months without treatment.
- The cause of brain cancer is unknown and therefore preventative measures cannot be implemented.
- The speed at which brain cancer kills means that it is difficult to conduct clinical or biological research.
To make a donation, please call 1300 780 113 or visit www.cancercouncil.com.au