“By fostering the talent and enthusiasm of local researchers and by enhancing their links to other centres of excellence interstate and overseas, the Foundation is confident that true progress in research will be made.”

Our Research

The importance of research

The ultimate goal of medical research is to find a cure for the disease it researches. A cure for colorectal cancer may one day be discovered but meanwhile, ongoing research is vital to help us develop a deeper understanding of the disease, and to find new and better ways of treating it.

Treatment of the disease has come a long way in the past few decades, and survival rates are now around 66%. This is the result of researchers studying how the disease develops and introducing a multi-faceted approach to treating patients with the condition.

Western Australia is home to some of Australia’s leading researchers into colorectal cancer. By fostering the talent and enthusiasm of local researchers and by enhancing their links to other centres of excellence interstate and overseas, the Foundation is confident that real progress can be made. For example, recent developments in the area of tumour genetics offer promising hopes of breakthroughs.

Although the Foundation has only been in existence for a few years, it has already funded important research projects in the areas of neo-adjuvant treatment and the role of T-regulatory cells. More research projects are in the pipeline including a study into the effectiveness of laproscopic surgery in colorectal cancer patients.

Your donation will make a difference

The Research Fund is supported by public donations. If you would like to support the Foundation’s work, you can make a donation here.

Learn more about the Research Fund’s research projects.