The path to zero lives lost to blood cancer | Leukaemia Foundation

The path to zero lives lost to blood cancer

Today in Australia, blood cancer is a big problem. It’s one of the Top 4 most frequently diagnosed cancers and is one of the leading causes of death by cancer in our country.  

As the only national organisation that represents the needs of all people living with any blood cancer in Australia, the Leukaemia Foundation has chosen to take the lead in the conversation around blood cancer. We’ve set a bold new goal, one that will help shape the future for Australians living with blood cancer. 

To understand the true scale of blood cancer in this country, we commissioned a comprehensive and ‘first of its kind’ analysis with the aim of identifying the challenges and opportunities that influence survival and quality of life for people with blood cancer.

The result is the State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia report which is unique in talking about blood cancers collectively rather than as individual diseases.

The numbers from the report, launched during Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2019, tell the story and put the size of the problem in perspective.


All of those numbers represent the life of a person with blood cancer and on their behalf we‘re standing up to say My Life Counts!

Not only is that our call to action for the blood cancer community but it’s our response to the State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia report.

My Life Counts provides a summary of the key findings, statistics and recommendations for reducing the impact of blood cancer in Australia and outlines the Leukaemia Foundation priorities as we look to achieve the goal of Zero Lives Lost to Blood Cancer by 2035. Those priorities include:

  • Ensure equity of access – meaning no matter where in Australia a person is diagnosed with blood cancer, they have access to the latest and most appropriate therapy
  • Advocate for health service reform – to ensure all people diagnosed with blood cancer receive the same treatment
  • Accelerate research – to drive rapid advancement in treatment, the discovery of new therapies and enable Australian patients to access clinical trials
  • Empower patients – through access to information about their blood cancer and treatment options

Blood Cancer Taskforce

Some of these we can deliver ourselves, some will require us to partner with the entire blood cancer community and others require us to advocate at a national level for change

The Australian Government is standing with us on this issue. In partnership with them we have established a Blood Cancer Taskforce. This group of leading experts will deliver a National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer, with recommendations that will help shape government and health system policies and practices.

Together we’ll work towards conquering blood cancer and achieving the goal of zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035… because #MyLifeCounts.

Last updated on September 9th, 2019

Developed by the Leukaemia Foundation in consultation with people living with a blood cancer, Leukaemia Foundation support staff, haematology nursing staff and/or Australian clinical haematologists. This content is provided for information purposes only and we urge you to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis, treatment and answers to your medical questions, including the suitability of a particular therapy, service, product or treatment in your circumstances. The Leukaemia Foundation shall not bear any liability for any person relying on the materials contained on this website.

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