Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way. These abnormal cells can damage or invade the surrounding tissues, or spread to other parts of the body, causing further damage and in too many cases, death.

More than 130,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in Australia, and 1 in 2 of us are now expected to be diagnosed with the disease by our 85th birthday.

Our researchers are working on a broad range of cancer types including:

  • Blood cancers
  • Breast cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Childhood cancer
  • Gynaecological cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Urological cancers

We develop new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of cancers and have expertise in:

  • Cancer clinical trials
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Cancer vaccines and immunotherapy
  • Management of cancer related pain
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Inflammation and cancer
  • Tobacco harm reduction and control
  • Viruses and cancer

Further information about cancer research in the Faculty of Medicine can be found here.

Our cancer research is particularly strong in the following areas:

Blood cancer Skin cancer Breast cancer