Cancer Research Month
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Research is a vital part of cancer care and is how we improve outcomes for the future. Clinical trials are how we put research into practice. They take studies from the bench to the bedside, advancing discoveries made in laboratories into treatments aiming to extend life, improve quality of life, and provide important data on new treatments to improve standard of care. They are a vital step in shifting the dial for cancers of the digestive system.Cancer research can be complex. It can often take ..read more
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Anthony Vriens and Catherine Foster Join GCF Board
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3M ago
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Anthony Vriens and Catherine Foster to the Board of Trustees for the Gut Cancer Foundation.Anthony has over 20 years experience across in both medicine and insurance, across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. A doctor by training, he has spent his career specialising in health and health outcomes. He also holds an MBA from the University of Auckland and is currently a professional director and strategy adviser.Catherine Foster is a governance professi ..read more
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Gut Cancer Foundation Calling on Kiwis to Give It Up For Gut Cancer This March.
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4M ago
For the more-than 6000 Kiwis a year diagnosed with a gut cancer, the road ahead is tough. Gruelling treatments, major surgery, limited options, and an uncertain future face the 17 Kiwis diagnosed every single day.Gut cancers are serious. Eight Kiwis die from them every day. Cancers of the digestive system are the most common form of cancer in NZ, and they're among the deadliest. People who are diagnosed will only have a 50/50 chance of living for five more years and right now, there's a massive ..read more
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Dr Ben Lawrence Joins GCF Board
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5M ago
We are delighted to announce that Dr Ben Lawrence MBChB, MSc, FRACP has joined the Board of Trustees for the Gut Cancer Foundation.A leading Medical Oncologist and researcher, Dr Lawrence specialises in caring for patients with gastrointestinal cancers and neuroendocrine tumours, cancer molecular profiling and cancer genomics.Dr Lawrence is also heavily involved with research and is theHead of Oncology and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at ..read more
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Three Research Awards Distributed In November
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5M ago
Thanks to our generous community. The Gut Cancer Foundation opened a $200,000 grant round for the New Zealand research community earlier this year. We granted three awards in total and are really pleased that they all aim to improve quality of life for gut cancer patients where the treatments and symptoms are really tough. One of the awards supports an international trial through the Australiasian Gastro-Intestional Trials Group (AGITG) and the other two are New Zealand based studies.Dr Ang ..read more
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Gut Cancer Foundation Joins Other to Urge New Government to stop the repeal of Aotearoa’s smokefree laws
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6M ago
The Gut Cancer Foundation has joined Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) along with its members and other organisations to support a campaign to retain the existing Smokefree law to save thousands of lives.Tobacco use and breathing in other people's smoke (second-hand smoke) causes about 5,000 deaths every year through cancer, stroke and heart disease. It is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand. It is a leading factor in increasing risk of developing cancer."New Zea ..read more
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An urgent call to arms for political action on cancer
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8M ago
A coalition of New Zealand’s leading cancer charities, CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations) has issued an urgent call to our political parties ahead of the election, to take action on cancer.  Cancer remains New Zealand’s single biggest cause of death and 75,000 Kiwis will be diagnosed with it during the next term of government. Although great strides have been made to improve cancer survival in our country, New Zealanders still face vastly different experiences when it co ..read more
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GCF Joins the Cancer Society and Hei Āhuru Mōwai to Support Māori Research
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9M ago
The Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2023 are for researchers who are committed to hauora Māori, maximising Māori cancer health gains, and addressing existing cancer and health inequities. Both Masters and PhD scholarships are available.This year is the first time when a Masters Scholarship will also be offered in collaboration with the Gut Cancer Foundation.Cancer Society of New Zealand Research Manager Dr Nicole Stanton said the Māori Cancer Researcher Awards “demonstrate ou ..read more
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Thank you to the Ferrari Owners Club of New Zealand
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10M ago
The club have supported our cause in the past and for the last two years we are grateful to have been chosen as their charity partner. Through a variety of activities including auctions and track days, the club has raised an amazing $30,000 in the last 2 years alone. Terry Dykes, President of the Ferrari Owners Club of New Zealand says ""On behalf of the Ferrari Owners of NZ I would like to say how pleased we are to be on board as a sponsor for the Gut Cancer Foundation ..read more
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Medical Oncologists Call for Immediate Attention to the Widening Medicine Gap in Aotearoa New Zealand for Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Patients
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10M ago
ATTN: Sarah Fitt, Chief Executive, PharmacThe gastrointestinal special interest group undertook to communicate with Pharmac on a regular basis with regards to our assessment of the landscape of systemic anti-GI cancer therapy including horizon scanning.In 2020, we shared our priority list and added “horizon scanning.” It is notable that none of these drugs are yet funded two years later. Our priorities in no particular orderCetuximab-all ras/raf wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer-le ..read more
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