The Victorian Low Survival Cancers Alliance is a group of 11 organisations that are advocating to increase research funding for cancers with a five-year survival rate of less than or equal to 30%. For some of these cancers, survival is as low as 6%. The Alliance formed in 2016, in which Unicorn Foundation was a founding member, wrote to the Victorian Health Minister and consulted clinicians and researchers working in this space and also made a submission in the Senate Inquiry – Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates.
The Unicorn Foundation was pleased to hear that the work of the alliance has resulted in “an announcement of $2.5 million from the Victorian Government and Cancer Council Victoria to investigate cancers in which less than 50% of patients survive at least five years past diagnosis.”
The Unicorn Foundation looks forward to further working with the Cancer Council on encouraging young researchers in this field.