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Blood cancer patient needs could go unmet as incidence rates rise

Monday, 14 January 2019,


The number of Australians living with a blood cancer is expected to rise around 30 per cent over the next decade, according to new Leukaemia Foundation analysis as it launches World’s Greatest Shave this week.

Currently 12,800 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every

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Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today approved the use of the first CAR-T therapy in Australia

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today approved the use of the first CAR-T therapy in Australia.  

A revolutionary cancer therapy that supercharges a patient’s immune cells to hunt and destroy cancer cells has been approved for use in Australia, ushering in a new era in medicine. 

The TGA has

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Leukaemia Foundation receives HONcode certification

Friday, 07 December 2018

The Leukaemia Foundation has been granted prestigious HONcode certification for its high standard of reliable, ethical and trustworthy health and medical content featured throughout its digital communications platforms.

The HONcode is an international standard for health and medical websites issued by the Health on the Net Foundation,

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Researchers at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne believe a new combination therapy for mantle cell lymphoma could lead to a cure in almost 100 per cent of cases.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018


A story in the Sydney Morning Herald recently reported Australian researchers were closing in on a cure for the disease which was considered a “death sentence” as little as three years ago.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Professor Sarah-Jane Dawson said dozens of people living with mantle

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New PBS listing vital to Australians living with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Friday, 30 November 2018


Leukaemia Foundation CEO Mr Bill Petch has today supported the Health Minister Mr Greg Hunt’s Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing announcement of midostaurin (Rydapt®), a targeted therapy that is considered to be an important advancement in the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) in 25 years.


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Leukaemia Foundation and HSANZ Jointly Funds Three PhD Investigators

Thursday, 8 November 2018


The Leukaemia Foundation and the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ) are proud to announce the co-funding of three Australian Clinical and Science PhD investigators, whose work will focus on understanding blood cancer biology and the development of new diagnostics and precision medicines.

“It is

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Position Statement: Glyphosate

Updated 17 June 2019

The Leukaemia Foundation’s CEO Bill Petch said the Leukaemia Foundation had been closely monitoring the issue of glyphosate for many years. It accepts the position of the APVMA as the Australian regulatory body, however, as the last review was undertaken in early 2017, we encourage the

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Leukaemia Foundation supports WEHI’s new laboratory model to test anti-cancer drugs

Tuesday, 16 October 2018


A new model which mimics the complexity of human cancers to allow for more accurate testing of anti-cancer drugs has been developed by leading Australian researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne.

Led by PhD students Ms Margs Brennan and Dr Gemma Kelly

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Leukaemia Foundation supports Health Minister’s call to introduce ground breaking CAR-T Cell therapies into Australian Public Hospitals

Tuesday, 16 October 2018


The Leukaemia Foundation has come out in support of today’s call by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to fast track the revolutionary CAR T-Cell therapy into Australian hospitals.

CAR-T cell therapy involves harvesting a patient’s T-cells, a type of immune cell, and genetically engineering them to attack

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Congratulations to Nobel Prize immunotherapy pioneers

Thursday, 04 October 2018


The Leukaemia Foundation congratulates the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine winners, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, for their research and discovery into how the body’s natural defences can fight cancer such as lymphoma.

“As Australia’s leading blood cancer organisation, we acknowledge the

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