Brain cancer

Brain cancer causes more deaths in people under the age of 40 than any other cancer, and more deaths in Australian children than any other disease.


Brain cancer survival rates are low and have barely changed in 30 years. Our research into brain cancer is focused on finding new therapies to improve outcomes for the 1900 Australians diagnosed with brain cancer each year.

Brain cancer research at WEHI

Our researchers are:

  • Defining the changes in brain cells that allow cancer to grow.
  • Working to develop potential new treatments for brain cancer.
  • Testing whether drugs that block cell survival could be effective in treating brain cancers.
  • Investigating whether the body’s own immune system could be employed to fight brain cancer.
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