Over the last 30 years, survival rates for GI cancers have increased. Community support has been vital to this change – there has been a notable shift in the zeitgeist around awareness and support for cancers with low survival rates.
Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer is a term for the group of cancers that affect the digestive system. This includes cancers of the oesophagus, gallbladder & biliary tract, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel (large intestine or colon and rectum), and anus. It also includes rare cancers like neuroendocrine tumours and gastro-intestinal stromal tumours, which can occur throughout the gastro-intestinal system.
GI cancer is the most common form of cancer. Around 28,900 Australians are diagnosed with it each year and 38 Australians die of it each day.
GI cancer survival rates: 1982-7 to 2018
The GI Cancer Institute was formed in 1991 to conduct clinical trials and research to change these outcomes. Our contributions include:
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