Cancer is the major cause of ongoing illness in Australia. While the incidence of cancer in Australia is increasing, cancer survival rates are improving which means many more people are living as cancer survivors.
The growing number of survivors highlights the need to address cancer survivors’ unique physical and psychosocial needs, and to develop and provide coordinated care that helps to prevent or reduce the late effects of cancer that adversely affect survivors’ health and quality of life.
For many survivors life after cancer is as good as — sometimes even better than — it was before. But for many others there are challenges.
Unexpected physical and psychological effects of the cancer and its treatment can affect a survivor’s ability to work, care for their family, be active, and to do the other ‘normal’ things in life before cancer.
Led by a group of leading cancer specialists and researchers, the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is Australia’s first comprehensive cancer survivors research centre dedicated to better understanding and addressing the physical, emotional and practical challenges faced by cancer survivors.
Our Vision: To become a leading centre for research into cancer survivorship internationally and thereby guide evidence-based clinical practice for the care of cancer survivors in Australia and worldwide.
Our Mission: To find new and better ways to care for cancer survivors through research.
Our Values: Best practice in the care of cancer survivors should be informed by cutting-edge clinical research. At the heart of our work, a set of core values guides every aspect of what we do.
- We believe in evidence-based medicine: our research seeks to understand the needs of cancer survivors and to develop prevention and treatment strategies through clinical research.
- We believe in innovation: our clinical research utilises leading methods and creative study designs to facilitate discovery of new knowledge.
- We believe in excellence: we seek to conduct research that is highly regarded by peers, clinicians and patients in order to inform the best approaches to high-quality care for cancer survivors.
- We believe in collaboration: our research is strengthened through partnerships with other organisations, and our findings are disseminated widely to inform clinical practice nationally and internationally.