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PC Events Quiz Night for Pancreatic Cancer

Join the PC Events team at the PanCan Quiz Night!Gather your friends and book a table of 8 for just $390 to enjoy a fun evening with a cash bar, exciting raffles and the chance to win some great prizes!Held at the Kohimaramara Tennis Club in Auckland, it's set to be a fun night for a cause!Funds from the night go towards the Gut Cancer Foundation's work in changing outcomes for patients facing pancreatic cancer.Book your table now! ...

May 17, 2024

Cancer Research Month

Research is a vital part of cancer care and is how we improve outcomes for the future. Clinical trials are how we put research into practice. They take studies from the bench to the bedside, advancing discoveries made in laboratories into treatments aiming to extend life, improve quality of life, and provide important data on new treatments to improve standard of care. They are a vital step in shifting the dial for cancers of the digestive system.Cancer research can be complex. It can often take...

May 14, 2024

Anthony Vriens and Catherine Foster Join GCF Board

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Anthony Vriens and Catherine Foster to the Board of Trustees for the Gut Cancer Foundation.Anthony has over 20 years experience across in both medicine and insurance, across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. A doctor by training, he has spent his career specialising in health and health outcomes. He also holds an MBA from the University of Auckland and is currently a professional director and strategy adviser.Catherine Foster is a governance professi...

February 23, 2024

Gut Cancer Foundation Calling on Kiwis to Give It Up For Gut Cancer This March.

For the more-than 6000 Kiwis a year diagnosed with a gut cancer, the road ahead is tough. Gruelling treatments, major surgery, limited options, and an uncertain future face the 17 Kiwis diagnosed every single day.Gut cancers are serious. Eight Kiwis die from them every day. Cancers of the digestive system are the most common form of cancer in NZ, and they're among the deadliest. People who are diagnosed will only have a 50/50 chance of living for five more years and right now, there's a massive ...

January 17, 2024

Dr Ben Lawrence Joins GCF Board

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ben Lawrence MBChB, MSc, FRACP has joined the Board of Trustees for the Gut Cancer Foundation.A leading Medical Oncologist and researcher, Dr Lawrence specialises in caring for patients with gastrointestinal cancers and neuroendocrine tumours, cancer molecular profiling and cancer genomics.Dr Lawrence is also heavily involved with research and is theHead of Oncology and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at ...

December 21, 2023

Three Research Awards Distributed In November

Thanks to our generous community. The Gut Cancer Foundation opened a $200,000 grant round for the New Zealand research community earlier this year. We granted three awards in total and are really pleased that they all aim to improve quality of life for gut cancer patients where the treatments and symptoms are really tough. One of the awards supports an international trial through the Australiasian Gastro-Intestional Trials Group (AGITG) and the other two are New Zealand based studies.Dr Ang...

December 21, 2023

Gut Cancer Foundation Joins Other to Urge New Government to stop the repeal of Aotearoa’s smokefree laws

The Gut Cancer Foundation has joined Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) along with its members and other organisations to support a campaign to retain the existing Smokefree law to save thousands of lives.Tobacco use and breathing in other people's smoke (second-hand smoke) causes about 5,000 deaths every year through cancer, stroke and heart disease. It is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand. It is a leading factor in increasing risk of developing cancer."New Zea...

December 1, 2023

GCF calls for more funding for pancreatic cancer research

This November, the Gut Cancer Foundation is once again shining a light on pancreatic cancer. This year’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month brings new hope for action and a sea change in how we combat the disease, as three separate, major clinical trials promise to zero in on different stages of pancreatic cancer and, potentially, several other cancers.The GCF is both funding New Zealand-generated research (IPMN) and giving New Zealanders access to international clinical trials. The three tria...

November 1, 2023

An urgent call to arms for political action on cancer

A coalition of New Zealand’s leading cancer charities, CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations) has issued an urgent call to our political parties ahead of the election, to take action on cancer.  Cancer remains New Zealand’s single biggest cause of death and 75,000 Kiwis will be diagnosed with it during the next term of government. Although great strides have been made to improve cancer survival in our country, New Zealanders still face vastly different experiences when it co...

September 13, 2023

GCF Joins the Cancer Society and Hei Āhuru Mōwai to Support Māori Research

The Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2023 are for researchers who are committed to hauora Māori, maximising Māori cancer health gains, and addressing existing cancer and health inequities. Both Masters and PhD scholarships are available.This year is the first time when a Masters Scholarship will also be offered in collaboration with the Gut Cancer Foundation.Cancer Society of New Zealand Research Manager Dr Nicole Stanton said the Māori Cancer Researcher Awards “demonstrate ou...

August 15, 2023

Thank you to the Ferrari Owners Club of New Zealand

The club have supported our cause in the past and for the last two years we are grateful to have been chosen as their charity partner. Through a variety of activities including auctions and track days, the club has raised an amazing $30,000 in the last 2 years alone. Terry Dykes, President of the Ferrari Owners Club of New Zealand says ""On behalf of the Ferrari Owners of NZ I would like to say how pleased we are to be on board as a sponsor for the Gut Cancer Foundation ...

August 10, 2023

Medical Oncologists Call for Immediate Attention to the Widening Medicine Gap in Aotearoa New Zealand for Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Patients

The gastrointestinal special interest group undertook to communicate with Pharmac on a regular basis with regards to our assessment of the landscape of systemic anti-GI cancer therapy including horizon scanning.In 2020, we shared our priority list and added “horizon scanning.” It is notable that none of these drugs are yet funded two years later. Our priorities in no particular orderCetuximab-all ras/raf wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer-left-sided primary tumour location -giv...

August 4, 2023

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kate Clarke to our Scientific Advisory Committee.

Kate is an experienced medical oncologist and is a proud Wellingtonian with a real love for the windy city. She completed her medical training in Otago, Wellington and London. She has a holistic approach and is passionate about patient-centered care,  and believes patients can and should play an active role in their healthcare. Her clinical experience covers a broad range of solid tumor malignancies with special clinical interest in bowel cancer, and upper gastrointestinal cancers.Kate is i...

June 19, 2023

GCF Announces Gut Cancer Research Funding Round

The Gut Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce a funding round for Gut Cancer research and trials.The funds raised during GIVE IT UP for Gut Cancer 2023 have allowed the foundation to create a funding round for New Zealand researchers and clinicians to the value of $150,000.The Request for Proposals has gone out to the scientific community with the aim of announcing the successful applications in mid-November.Thank you to our wonderful GIVE IT UP community who have made this possible!...

May 19, 2023

Gut Cancer Foundation Honours Patron Dame Rosie Horton

We are saddened to hear about the passing of Gut Cancer Foundation patron, Dame Rosie Horton.Patron Dame Rosemary Horton DNZM QSO QSM was a philanthropist and mentor for New Zealand charities. Her passion and focus for her charitable work spanned over 40 years. She was the founding Chair of the following: Friends of Aotea Trust, The Aotea Centre Performing Arts Trust, Friends of Starship and Patron of the Starship Foundation, chair of NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and a support to numerous other c...

May 16, 2023

GIVE IT UP for Gut Cancer fundraisers share their 'why'.

This month, 1630 kiwis have decided to GIVE IT UP for Gut Cancer and chosen to forego the sofa, booze or sugar to drive awareness and raise funds for kiwis living with a cancer of the digestive system. Some of our participants have shared their stories with media, sharing their 'why' and motivations for taking part, like so many of our 'Give IT Upper's' they are taking part because they have lost someone or have a loved one currently going through a gut cancer. We are so grateful to these a...

March 23, 2023

Businesses Must Help Address Alarming Rates Of Gut Cancer

Johnathan Mitchell of NBR spoke to two businesses getting behind GIVE IT UP For Gut Cancer.Donna Weston of Clear Head Drinks says rather than do away with the Friday drinks and work social events, It's important for businesses to be responsible employers by educating staff and providing healthier drinking and eating options in the workplace.Kirk Bakker owner of construction group C3 Construction says his company encourages a healthy way of living and have had nutritionists come and speak to staf...

March 10, 2023

Gut Cancer Foundation Is Named As NZ Beneficiary Of New Soap Brand Shope

We are delighted to announce that we are bringing some hope to New Zealand… or rather SHOPE, to be precise.We are the New Zealand beneficiaries of SHOPE - a new range of luxury bath products with a percentage of the proceeds going towards world-class research into kicking low-survival cancers where it hurts, right here in New Zealand.So, what products are included in the lineup? We're so glad you asked. There’s a luscious and beautiful range of exquisitely fragrant soap, nourishing hand and...

February 14, 2023

We're Asking Kiwis To GIVE IT UP For Gut Cancer This March

This March, Gut Cancer Foundation is asking for Aotearoa to GIVE IT UP For Gut Cancer by choosing to ditch alcohol, sugar or the sofa and raise funds for their efforts.During the month, participants are supported by the Gut Cancer Foundation team, and a whole month of webinars including: getting prepared, how to deal with cravings, the impact of alcohol, sugar on the gut and with recipe ideas and support to get moving. A real sense of community is built over the month with participants cheering ...

January 27, 2023

Stomach Cancer Awareness In The Media

As a part of our Stomach Cancer Awareness Month in August, we helped Dr Karen Paringatai tell her story.  Karen is a carrier of the CDH1 genetic mutation that means diffuse-type stomach cancer has a  70-80% likelihood of developing. To combat this, she had her stomach removed.  During the awareness month, Karen spoke to a number of media outlets to share her story and raise awareness of the importance of knowing your whakapapa. She spoke to Women's Day about how reconnecting with ...

December 12, 2022

GCF announces new grant for pancreatic cancer research

Every year, hundreds of New Zealanders are diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cyst known as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN). The likelihood that these cysts develop into pancreatic cancer varies, but for those at most risk, there is a 25% chance that their IPMN's will develop into pancreatic cancer within 10 years. For this high-risk group, the recommended treatment is radical surgery, which carries with it significant risks. Because of other health issues and potential comorbid...

December 1, 2022

In the news: pancreatic cancer patient raising awareness of deadly 'forgotten cancer'

Gut Cancer Foundation ambassador Nyree Smith was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than five years ago. She had no symptoms, just a bossy new GP who insisted she be tested. She spoke to Amanda Gillies about her journey and the inception of the PanCan Gala and why she is determined to make a difference.Watch the full interview here....

November 28, 2022

PanCan Gala Raises over $120,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Awareness

Friday 18 November saw the Auckland War Memorial Museum host the first ever PanCan Gala. Two years in the making, the gala was the idea of Nyree Smith while she was undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. She wanted to create an event that would raise funds for research and awareness specifically for pancreatic cancer. Along the way, she brought together a talented committee who created a cocktail evening of entertainment, refreshments, fundraising bringing together a hundreds of peo...

November 16, 2022

Upcoming webinar: Diet & Nutrition in Pancreatic cancer

Join us and our guest speakers, Dr Amanda Landers and Helen Brown, for this free online webinar where we will discuss diet and nutrition in relation to pancreatic cancer. We will explore how a pancreatic cancer diagnosis impacts on diet and nutrition, discuss what to consider during treatment and following surgery, the importance of Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy (PERT) and the role of diet and nutrition support during palliative care. Dr Amanda Landers is currently a senior clinical lec...

November 14, 2022

GCF launches Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers. With symptoms often vague, mild, missed, or ignored, 80 to 95 percent of those diagnosed are in stage 3 or 4, too late for curative surgery. Over 700 New Zealanders are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 600 lose their lives to it each year.   This November, World Pancreatic Cancer Month, the Gut Cancer Foundation (GCF) is on a mission to educate and raise awareness for early diagnosis, improve su...

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