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24
Aug
2017

Minister for Health to chair landmark meeting to urgently improve brain cancer survival

 
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt MP

Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease, and more adults under 40 than any other cancer. Just two in 10 people diagnosed with the disease will survive for five years, and that figure has barely changed in more than 30 years.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has played a major role in helping to spark this landmark round-table in which it will urge the research community to work together on its plan to improve brain cancer survival from the current 20 per cent to 50 per cent by 2023.

Michelle Stewart, CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation said, “We have worked long and hard for this moment, designing a research strategy to accelerate new, effective treatments to patients increasing awareness and advocating to Government and key opinion leaders, both in Australia and overseas. 

“This landmark round-table represents an incredibly important first step towards a plan being adopted, with a significant increase in survival being the only acceptable metric. Now is the time to bring all of this together and make it work for people with this terrible disease, young and old. We need to provide access to more treatment options very quickly.”


Michelle Stewart explains why today's meeting is so important for the brain cancer community 

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt MP said, “I am looking forward to meeting with individuals and families impacted by brain cancer and their advocates, leading researchers and clinicians and potential funders. 

“This is an important discussion that will identify further research investment opportunities that can make an immediate and lasting impact on brain cancer survival rates.”

Victorian father, Dustin Perry, will join Michelle Stewart and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Head of Engagement, Barrie Littlefield, at the meeting. Dustin has played a major advocacy role alongside Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, calling for brain cancer to receive greater focus, prioritisation, and funding since his nine-year-old daughter, Chloe, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013.

Dustin Perry and family

Dustin Perry commented, “People with brain cancer and their families need hope, and they need to see action. It’s not just about money, it’s about a coordinated approach with a clear survival objective. After speaking with the Minister for Health and the PM, I believe that they are both personally committed to this. I know that if we all pull together, we can beat brain cancer and give families like mine more hope and more options in the future.”

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation applauds the Minister for Health for his genuine interest in improving the situation for people living with brain cancer, and looks forward to working with him and the global brain cancer community to rapidly and meaningfully improve brain cancer survival in Australia and around the world.

For media enquries, please contact chris.hicks@curebraincancer.org.au

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