Cancer is the second-most common cause of death in Australia. One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will experience a diagnosis of cancer by their 85th year.
By 2020 the number of new cases diagnosed annually will reach approximately 150,000 - an increase of almost 40% from 2007. Despite advances in novel anti-cancer therapies that are revolutionising how and where we treat people affected by cancer, outcomes from these diseases remain highly variable across disease types, Indigenous status, gender and social status.
Our cancer research programs focus on examining and developing novel methods to respond to modifiable risk factors that impact, patient experience and clinical outcomes, including: communication and health literacy, disease and treatment-related problems, psychosocial factors, health service system and process issues, and health promoting opportunities such as the role of exercise rehabilitation and physical activity in cancer care. We do this across several different types of cancers.