New Qld research centre to target early detection of biggest cancer killer

Brisbane will be the centre of a major new research effort focusing on earlier detection of lung cancer, Australia’s deadliest cancer.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick launched the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Centre for Lung Cancer Early Detection on Thursday.

Mr Dick said lung cancer remained the leading cause of death from any cancer worldwide, for both men and women.


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“The low survival rate is due primarily to lung cancer being typically diagnosed at an advanced stage,” he said.

The new centre is all part of the Government’s Advancing Health 2026 strategy, which aims to make Queenslanders among the healthiest people in the world.

“This new centre will focus all its research efforts on innovative methods for detecting lung cancer early, and aiming to improve health outcomes and treatment options for people at risk of or diagnosed with lung cancer,” Mr Dick said.

“Through initiatives such as the ACRF Centre for Lung Cancer Early Detection, Queensland is leading the way in research and innovation, attracting the best and brightest researchers in the world.”

ACRF has provided $1 million to equip the centre with the latest technology to advance lung cancer diagnostics.

Director of the UQ Thoracic Research Centre and Clinical Manager of the Pulmonary Malignancy Unit at TPCH, Professor Kwun Fong said the centre’s focus would be on identifying better ways to screen for lung cancer and improving methods for diagnosing suspected cases.

“We will use the latest technology to identify markers for lung cancer that might be present in the breath, blood or lung fluids at a very early stage of the disease,” Professor Fong said.

He said the centre would bring together the skills from several highly skilled researchers and scientists, including collaborators at CSIRO, who would assist by analysing breath samples.

The Centre will be based at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.