Help us double the survival rate of pancreatic cancer by 2030

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers. 8 Australians sadly lose their battle to pancreatic cancer every day, while more than 3,000 new pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed each year. The best chemotherapy available only prolongs life by an average of 16 weeks.

At UNSW Sydney, we are developing new scientific initiatives with direct outcomes for pancreatic cancer, including:

  • New nanodevices for early-detection biomarkers and cutting-edge nanomedicines for delivering gene therapies and new chemotherapy agents
  • Disrupting the protective tumour stroma to make cells more accessible and deepening our understanding of how cancers trick the immune system into protecting them;
  • Precision medicine methods to predict and track response to therapy, before it is administered to individual patients.

Your gift will make a direct impact on research and educational support for our cancer scientists and health professionals to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer. By supporting pancreatic cancer research at UNSW, you will be helping us to double the survival rate for pancreatic cancer by 2030.

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Associate Professor Phillips leads the Pancreatic Cancer Translational Research Group, and is Deputy Director of the Adult Cancer Program at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW Medicine. With >20 years expertise in pancreatic cancer research, A/Prof Phillips’ is a leader in cancer cell biology, novel therapeutics and nanomedicine. She is also heavily involved in a volunteer capacity as an advocate for health policy change.

UNSW Sydney is home to some of the best pancreatic cancer researchers in the world. Together, these teams of basic and clinical researchers, medical oncologists and surgeons create an unbroken ‘bench to clinic to bench’ loop.

We are committed to making cancers with poor outcomes our priority. We’re seeking better ways to find, treat and manage these cancers, paying special attention to the advanced stages of disease.


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Elizabeth McPherson
Development Manager, Medicine
Division of Philanthropy (Alumni, Engagement and Development)

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