The Lung Cancer Research Network brings together world-renowned research teams from across NSW and Australia to focus on multidisciplinary collaborative projects targeting the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancers. This diverse group of basic and applied researchers and clinicians are already working to find solutions and more will join as the Network expands.
Why Research into Lung Cancer is Urgently Needed
Lung cancer is the 4th most common cancer in Australia and has the highest mortality rate. More than 10,000 cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in Australia annually and the disease kills more women than breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer combined. There is a stigma attached to lung cancer that is not associated with other cancers. This means that advances that have made in diagnosis and treatment of cancers such as breast and prostate has not happened in lung cancer. This world-first Lung Cancer Research Network addresses these issues and provides a path for the rapid discovery, development and implementation of innovative diagnosis and therapies for lung cancer sufferers.
The Lung Cancer Research Networks priority goal is to develop innovative solutions that will improve the healthcare outcomes and quality of life for people suffering with lung cancer. As part of this goal the Network has identified a number of streams or 'Core Translation Projects'. These projects leverage the large Network of basic scientists and healthcare professionals working in the area of lung cancer and are broadly split into early diagnosis, therapy, improving quality of life and improving clinical care. These project are classified as translational since we will rapidly translate findings and new discoveries to the clinic, to make a positive impact for those diagnosed with lung cancer.
Core translational projects:
Non-invasive early diagnosis