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6,800 Australian and 1,000 New Zealand women (wahine) are diagnosed with one of the seven gynaecological cancers every year.
Your life changing generosity to WomenCan contributes to the cancer research programs of Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG), improving outcomes for everyone with a lived experience of gynaecological cancer.
“My whole world stopped”
“I have never cried as much as I did when I first found out I had cancer,” says Mary. “I remember wondering if I’d see my daughter grow into a size two dress I’d bought her.”
Mary had just had her beautiful baby Charlotte and her life couldn’t have been more perfect. One day, seemingly out of the blue, that life was changed forever when she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.
Mary began chemotherapy to shrink the tumours, all before her daughter’s first birthday. When she was asked to consider participating in a clinical trial, by her Medical Oncologist and ANZGOG member Associate Professor Philip Beale, Mary jumped at the opportunity. “I had no reservations at all as I felt I had nothing to lose and everything possibly to gain,” says Mary. “I thought even if it didn’t work for me, it could help people like me into the future.”
Today, 14 years on, Mary is living cancer-free. It’s a win that she attributes to her participation in the clinical trial.
Currently, only 49% of women with ovarian cancer survive five years after diagnosis, meaning more than half will lose their life to the disease. It is vital that further research is supported to find new breakthroughs. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to support ANZGOG’s pioneering research so more women can have the same outcome as Mary.
anzgog's research impact
ANZGOG has been improving life for women through research since 2000.
over 40 trials
ANZGOG has enabled more than 40 clinical trials and studies across a range of gynaecological cancers.
More than 4,000 patients have participated in ANZGOG's clinical trials.
funding research is critical
Research is the only way to make the next new breakthrough for women affected by gynaecological cancers.
“Clinical trials are the only way we can demonstrate the effectiveness of new treatments which can then become available to all patients. In addition, for many women participating in the trials, like Mary, it means they will gain access to the newest treatments available for their condition.”
Assoc Prof Philip Beale,
Medical Oncologist & ANZGOG Director
WomenCan fundraises for the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG), the peak national clinical trials research organisation for gynaecological cancer in Australia and New Zealand.
Our mission is to engage the community to fund research which is driven by evidence of need and an ambition to change practice, improve outcomes and provide hope.