Through leading research and innovation, raising awareness and providing education, Gut Cancer Foundation have made it our mission to improve and save the lives of all New Zealanders affected by gut cancers.
Every year, over 6000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with a cancer of the digestive system. That’s 17 Kiwis every day. Chances are, most of us will know someone affected by a gut cancer in some way. And, with some of the lowest survival rates of any cancers in New Zealand, it has never been more important for us to understand and tackle this significant challenge faced by so many of our loved ones.
All of our work is underpinned with a commitment to achieving equitable access and outcomes for all New Zealanders. We are committed to improving outcomes for Māori, Pasifika and minorities affected by gut cancer, to ensure our mission is one that delivers for all New Zealanders.
We are a voice for all cancers of the digestive system.
Gut cancers have amongst the lowest survival rates of all cancers in New Zealand. Pancreatic, oesophageal, liver, gallbladder, bile duct, and stomach cancer all have 5-year survival rates below 30%. Such stark statistics mean our role as a voice for all cancers of the digestive system is vital. As part of this role, we advocate on behalf of our community to try and ensure they have equitable access to treatment and care. This includes:
- Giving gut cancers a voice in national conversations around access to treatments in New Zealand.
- Membership of CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations)
- lobbying government for high-level changes to cancer policy.
- Making submissions to PHARMAC in support of funding for vital gut cancer treatments.
- Making submissions on relevant Quality Performance Indicators.
Building a gut cancer community.
None of this work would be possible without our dedicated community of supporters, funders, strategic partners, clinicians, and international collaborators. It is thanks to this community that we can fund research into gut cancers so New Zealanders can access innovative life-saving treatments, raise awareness and provide comprehensive information to enable equitable outcomes for all New Zealanders.
Our community is our heart and the personal stories we encounter on a daily basis are the driving force behind all we do.
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