State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia | Leukaemia Foundation

State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia

The Leukaemia Foundation has a bold new goal to create real change for people living with blood cancer: Zero Lives Lost to Blood Cancer by 2035.

To achieve that bold goal and work towards conquering blood cancer, we commissioned a comprehensive and ‘first of its kind’ analysis. Its aim was to identify 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 – a comprehensive analysis of all blood cancers in Australia. It addresses five key areas:

  1. Understanding the scale of blood cancer
  2. Economic costs of blood cancer
  3. Challenges facing people living with blood cancer
  4. Opportunities for improving outcomes for people living with blood cancer
  5. Plan of action for getting towards Zero Lives Lost to Blood Cancer by 2035

The Leukaemia Foundation’s State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia report, published during Blood Cancer Awareness Month, tells us that blood cancer is a major priority for the community, that impacts Australians – young and old – in every region of Australia.

For the first time, this report helps us to understand the true scale of blood cancer in Australia by analysing the impact of blood cancers collectively.

You can read our response to the report, called My Life Counts, here.

Gathering the data

Independent research firm, Insight Economics produced the report in partnership with the Leukaemia Foundation. We consulted 65 leading experts from across the blood cancer ecosystem including clinicians and haematologists, research institutes, government decision-makers, blood cancer NGOs and industry.

The report draws on data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and state cancer registries along with survey data from more than 3200 people living with a blood cancer, providing a statistically significant snapshot of the experiences of people living with a blood cancer in Australia today. It is comprehensive, evidence-based, patient-centred and peer-reviewed.

Last updated on September 2nd, 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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