The report confirms what anyone impacted by brain cancer is
already well aware of - despite its classification as a rare disease, brain
cancer has a significant social and economic impact on patients and their loved
ones. Survival rates for brain cancer have not shifted meaningfully in over 30
years, and the burden of a diagnosis can be extremely high.
In 2017, more than 1,900 new cases of brain cancer will be
diagnosed, and more than 1,400 deaths related to brain and CNS tumours will be
recorded. Five-year brain cancer survival remains at 22 per cent, compared to an
average five-year cancer survival rate of 68 per cent. Brain cancer continues
to be the leading cause of cancer death in children under the age of ten, and
the leading cause of cancer burden in children.
These statistics are unacceptable, and they must change urgently.
The report also highlights the incredible improvements in
survival that have been recorded in other diseases. In some cases of leukaemia
and breast cancer, survival rates have been turned upside down, and we must
look to those areas for inspiration.
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation CEO Michelle Stewart said, “With the appropriate focus and funding, and by working tirelessly with the brain cancer community, stakeholders at all levels, and amazing researchers in Australia and around the world, we will begin to see these kinds of improvements in brain cancer.
“We need to continue to break down silos, and ensure global research is working in one direction to improve survival.
“Cure Brain Cancer Foundation will continue to provide early funding for the most promising research projects, such as Zero Childhood Cancer, which recently progressed from a NSW pilot study to a national clinical trial. We will invest in platforms that harness ground-breaking technology and data such as GBM AGILE, the largest global collaboration in the history of brain cancer research.
And we’ll continue to empower the brain cancer community, who for too long have been ignored, to speak up, have their voice heard and keep growing the brain cancer movement. Together, as a community, we can beat brain cancer.”
AIHW Report: Brain and other central nervous system cancers