Dialog Box

Rare Cancers Australia


Rare Cancers Australia brings together leading experts in Canberra each year to talk about the latest developments, trends and issues in cancer care.  At CanForum we discuss the big opportunities and challenges in providing the best care to people diagnosed with cancer, including hearing first-hand from patients about their experiences.

CanForum is designed to challenge thinking, educate and inspire attendees, and advocate for change to improve care and outcomes for everyone affected by cancer.


In recent decades, our understanding of cancer and its architecture has changed dramatically. No longer do we see cancer as something that is associated with a particular body location, but rather as a malfunction in our DNA and immune system that can be identified through genomic testing, then targeted and treated. These treatments are increasingly precise and personalised and, whilst they bring with them the opportunity for better health and survival, they present unique challenges to our traditional health system.

The genomic revolution in cancer - is Australia ready?

Join us as we explore the genomic revolution in cancer and what it means for cancer patients and our broader society. 

We’ll hear from some of Australia’s leading experts in genomics, from patient advocates who have experienced the power of genomics first-hand and delve into the challenges and opportunities we face in delivering equitable access to precision oncology.

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What is the value of a life?

CanForum22 challenged our collective thinking about the value of a life in Australia.

The Australian Government at the time was reviewing the system we use for assessing new medicines, including for people with cancer.

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Think outside the bubble

CanForum21 focused on having people think outside the bubble – outside the bubble of excuses made that deny patients their rights and a chance at life, and beyond the regular rhetoric.

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Building an Australian Cancer Futures Framework 

Australia’s health system is among the best in the world. While the overall picture of cancer in Australia currently points to extended survival, these improvements are not shared amongst all cancer types and will not ensue without evolving some fundamental aspects of our health system.

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