Cancer is a disease caused by uncontrollably growing cells. Although some types of cancer can be cured, for others there are few effective treatments.


More than 400 of our researchers are working to improve the health of people with cancer.

Our cancer research

Our scientists are working on many aspects of cancer research including:

  • Understanding the process through which cells become cancerous.
  • Revealing the molecules that underlie the growth, longevity and progression of cancers.
  • Designing potential new treatments for cancer or methods of cancer prevention.
  • Developing new ways to detect and diagnose cancer.
  • Testing the effectiveness of new treatment and detection strategies for cancer, including through clinical trials.

Our researchers focus on many of the most significant cancers in Australia and globally, including:

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