The Cancer of our Generation: A Time for Action

Sunday, April 7, 2019

When it comes to pancreatic cancer, hope is in short supply. Despite being one of the most lethal cancers, it receives a fraction of the total cancer funding dedicated to research, patient support and treatment, and it is a travesty that a cancer which will kill around 3,300 people each year is not a higher priority.

This report seeks to underline the reasons behind this and more importantly chart a path to a future where this can be tackled. It is of vital importance that we can change this for the approximately 3,300 people diagnosed each year.

Just how bad is it? For far too many Australians, pancreatic cancer is a death sentence, with statistics that have not improved in decades that paint a bleak picture for those diagnosed.

The statistics that will only change with increased collaboration to accelerate progress in this disease.
A national response is needed

The time for discussion on pancreatic cancer has passed. The shocking numbers associated with this disease tell a story thousands of words could not, and that is a story of inaction that cannot go on. 

The Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation has been driving change in the sector, supporting a group of brilliant and dedicated researchers fighting to change the story for those living with Pancreatic Cancer.  To date, the Foundation has invested over $7.6 million dollars across 28 research projects, which are primarily in early stage medical research initiatives. 

We believe an approach that significantly accelerates research discovery, supports today’s patients and provides a platform for a greater understanding of the condition is the way forward. Supporting our world class researchers, frontline healthcare professionals and today’s patients will hopefully reduce the number of patients tomorrow.

Our plan for action

The Avner Foundation believe an investment of $52m over 5 years will allow us to:

  • Fast track research to broaden our understanding of pancreatic cancer: There are four key areas that are of paramount importance that require urgent and significant funding support.
  • Develop a patient support hub that ensure every Australian affected by pancreatic cancer can gain instant support, guidance and care.

  • Create a network of excellence that establishes a framework to connect pancreatic cancer specialists across Australia, allowing clinical and research experts to collaborate in their quest to find a cure that works, faster

Download the full report here: