Cancer research consortium goes online
Victoria's newest cancer research and treatment node, the Monash Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MCCC), which services the estimated 30 per cent of the state's cancer patients living in Melbourne's south-east corridor, has launched a website providing information on its programs, including clinical trials.
MCCC brings together internationally renowned cancer researchers and the high-quality health system in southern Melbourne, with the aim of incorporating the latest research into clinical care as quickly as possible.
The Consortium is a partnership between Monash University and its affiliated research institutes, Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR), and Prince Henry's Institute and major public and private health services - Southern Health, Alfred Health, Cabrini Health, Peninsula Health, and the government's agency for local coordination of cancer care - Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services.
Led by Professor Neil Watkins, Group Leader in Cancer Biology at the Monash Institute of Medical Research, MCCC's research program targets some of the most common forms of cancer - breast, prostate, lung and colorectal.
Professor Watkins, said connecting clinicians with researchers would improve outcomes for cancer patients - the mission of the Consortium.
On the newly-launched website the public will find general information and further details of the Consortium's cancer work, including current research, factsheets and information on clinical trials in the recruitment phase.
Professor David de Kretser, founding director of MIMR and former governor of Victoria, chairs MCCC.
"I am privileged to chair MCCC as excellent researchers and cancer specialists translate their results into better outcomes for cancer patients. An exciting era awaits us," Professor de Kretser said.
MCCC operates as one of three major cancer nodes in Victoria’s integrated system of cancer research and care. As a collective group, MCCC members work collaboratively with the other two nodes, the Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness Centre, to interconnect research and clinical strengths to maximise the benefits for Victoria’s cancer patients.
For further information, visit www.mccc.edu.au.