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Say hello to AGCF’s new Acting CEO, Kimberly Downes

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The AGCF are super excited to announce that we have a new person steering the ship! Kimberly Downes has been appointed as our Acting CEO and is ready to take…

8 ways to give hope to women this #GivingTuesday

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30 November is an opportunity to give back to the charities and organisations that make a difference in people’s lives. Here are 8 ways you can give back to the…

AGCF and Dr Aime Powell are proud to be awarded a Mary Jane Foundation Her Health Hero grant

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We’re excited to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious $10,000 grant from the Mary Jane Foundation in order to continue our support of Dr Aime Powell and her…

Catch up on your screening this National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

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National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week was this month. The ACCF and AGCF want to encourage all people with a cervix to catch up with their important cervical cancer screening. If…

Call for Board nominations

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The Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation is seeking to recruit Board members who will stand for nomination and be elected at the December 2021 AGM. As a national organisation we are…

Getting to know the AGCF Board – Loraine Peck

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The workings of the AGCF are made possible by a board of volunteers who donate their time to help raise awareness and money for gynae cancers. We thought it would…

Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. At the AGCF, we want to encourage everyone (not just women!) to learn more about gynaecological cancers, the signs and symptoms, where to get…

Introducing our new Head of the Scientific Committee

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We’re proud to announce that we now have a new Head of the Scientific Advisory Committee, the incredible Professor Jonathan Carter. As a representation of leading clinicians, researchers, oncology nurses,…

You may have noticed some postponed events

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With the evolving COVID-19 situation in Australia, our events which were scheduled for the last few months have been cancelled or postponed.  The Cancer Down Under Ball in honour of…

Professor Neville Hacker and Dr Aime Powell share their thoughts on cervical cancer screening barriers for Indigenous women

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A recent article from the Cancer Institute NSW reported a new study which identified cervical cancer screening barriers for Indigenous women and included interviews with 94 Indigenous women about their…

Dr Dane Cheasley shares his exciting Mid-Career Fellowship and the impact of the AGCF on his research career

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The Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation’s first ever research fellow, Dr Dane Cheasley, is a proud recipient of the Victorian Cancer Agency Mid-Career Research Fellowship.In 2017 Dr Dane Cheasley was awarded…

Celebrate the life of Annette McClure at the Symphony of Annette

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Annette McClure was a much-loved music teacher and beautiful Mum to her two children, Luke and Kate. Sadly in 2019, Annette passed away from endometrial cancer, the most common gynaecological…

Grab your tuxedo for the 2021 Cancer Down Under Ball

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Unfortunately we have had to postpone this event due to the COVID19 outbreak in Sydney. We'll set a new date as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and…

Join us for the 2021 Inaugural Women in Sport Lunch

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Unfortunately, due to the developing COVID-19 situation in Sydney we've had to postpone the event. We're working on setting a new date for this fantastic event and will contact all…

Research report from AGCF fellowship recipient Dr Dane Cheasley

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We’re incredibly proud to share the research report from our first fellowship recipient. Dr Dane Cheasley BBiolSc (hons), PhD from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne was selected as the…

We celebrate the life of Carmen Duncan

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Carmen Duncan was a beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She bravely fought and survived breast cancer, bowel cancer and thyroid cancer. Unfortunately on February 3rd 2019, she died of vaginal…

Natasha tells her story of surviving cervical cancer

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In 2018, the AGCF awarded Dr Aime Powell the Cindy Sullivan Fellowship to begin her outstanding research project, titled Aboriginal women at increased risk of cervical cancer incidence and mortality:…

Celebrating Cindy’s 59th Birthday

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Cindy Sullivan's children Annabel, Sophie and Cormac On August 15th, the AGCF and Sullivan family held a fundraising high tea in honour of the late Cindy Sullivan, who would have…

AGCF research fellow Dr Aime Powell joins world-class research team

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AGCF early career researcher is a chief investigator with a world-class research team investigating possible ways of improving outcomes for ovarian cancer patients in Australia using linked national health data.…

Willene Brennan, in her own words

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“I’m living the life I want to… so I will not have any regrets.” In 2006, Willene Brennan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Sadly, she passed away just two years…

AGCF research fellow Dr Dane Cheasley awarded $1.1m MRFF grant

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AGCF researcher has received a $1.1 million grant to investigate new therapy combinations for women with ovarian cancer.The AGCF’s first research fellow, Dr Dane Cheasley, has been awarded a four-year…

Loraine’s story and the importance of research

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Our board member Loraine Peck is sharing her story to shine a light on the importance of research. Loraine and her mum Marilyn "Three years ago, I was diagnosed with…

#OneForYourMum – Dr Dane Cheasley

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some friends of the AGCF to share a special story about their mum. This is Dane's story about his mum, Annette. Annette and…

#OneForYourMum – Amelia Barrett

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some friends of the AGCF to share a special story about their mum. This is Amelia’s story about her mum and namesake of…

#OneForYourMum – Jessica Orcsik

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some friends of the AGCF to share a special story about their mum. This is Jess’s story about her mum and our Ambassador,…

#OneForYourMum – Paula Duncan

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some AGCF ambassadors to share a special story about their mum. This is Paula’s story about her mum, Rita. Paula and Rita Duncan…

#OneForYourMum – Jean Kittson

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some AGCF ambassadors to share a special story about their mum. This is Jean’s story about her mum, Elaine. Jean and Elaine Kittson…

#OneForYourMum – Annabel Sullivan

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some AGCF ambassadors to share a special story about their mum. This is Annabel’s story about her mum, Cindy. Annabel and Cindy Sullivan…

#OneForYourMum – Dr Aime Powell

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some AGCF ambassadors to share a special story about their mum. This is Aime’s story about her mum, Denise. Denise Munro and Aime…

#OneForYourMum – Dr Caroline Ford

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In honour of Mother’s Day, we asked some AGCF ambassadors to share a special story about their mum. This is Caroline’s story about her mum, Chris. Caroline and her mum,…

#OneForYourMum Campaign Launch

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Our beautiful ambassador Paula Duncan AM launches our special Mother’s Day campaign in the video below. To celebrate your Mum, we’d love for you to donate #OneForYourMum. This campaign encourages…

Cindy Sullivan

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Cindy Sullivan was a friend to the AGCF. She was a tireless supporter of events to raise funds for research. Sadly, Cindy died on the 20th of March 2017, well before…

Carmen Duncan Fundraising Lunch

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On November 28, we celebrated the life of lovely Carmen Duncan. A beloved mother, grandmother and sister – she sadly passed away from vaginal cancer earlier this year. Her sister,…

One year into research and Dr Aime Powell is more motivated than ever

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In 2018, the AGCF awarded Dr Aime Powell the Cindy Sullivan Fellowship to begin her outstanding research project, titled Aboriginal women at increased risk of cervical cancer incidence and mortality:…

Dr Dane Cheasley completes his research project with amazing results

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In 2017, the AGCF awarded their first Research Fellowship to an outstanding research project that will have a huge impact in the field of gynaecological cancer research and prevention.  The…

Carmen Duncan Fundraising Lunch

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AGCF would like to invite you to join us for the Carmen Duncan Fundraising Lunch. Carmen Duncan was a beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She bravely fought and survived breast…

Cancer Australia releases the latest evidence on risk factors for endometrial cancer

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Cancer Australia has released for the first time in Australia new web-based information on endometrial cancer risk factors that provides extensive, up-to-date, evidence-based information on over 30 risk factors for…

Merle on Ovarian Cancer – the Silent Killer

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For seven months from the beginning of 2009 I experienced uncharacteristic tiredness, weight loss and increasing pain. Stomach ulcers were finally diagnosed. Several months later, despite repeated tests showing that…

Cancer screening in the spotlight of Public Health Research & Practice

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Australia’s screening programs for cervical and colorectal cancers are cost-effective, with benefits substantially outweighing harms, according to major new research published in Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP), a journal…

Paula Duncan on helping other women in the name of her sister

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© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Carmen and her sister, Paula. (Source- Woman's Day) Carmen Duncan was a beloved mother, grandmother and sister. She bravely fought and survived breast…

Angus and his Mum brave the Sahara Desert to raise money for cancer

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When Angus Callister’s mum asked, “if I ever do something really crazy, would you do it with me?” Angus didn’t expect 6 days of running in the Sahara Desert.  “Mum…

Update on Dr Aime Powell’s research project

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Dr Aime Powell BExSc MExSc PhD is the latest recipient of an AGCF Research Fellowship. She is currently employed by the Institute of Health Research, University of Notre Dame and…

Dr Caroline Ford wants to reduce the stigma around gynaecological issues

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Associate Professor Caroline Ford BSc (1st Class Hons), PhD is a cancer researcher within the School of Women's and Children's Health at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. She currently leads the…

Dr Dane Cheasley on why cancer research is the best job in the world

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In 2017, Dr Dane Cheasley BBiolSc (hons), PhD (left above) was awarded the AGCF and Way In Network Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award. His project hoped to fill in one of…

Introducing our new ambassadors

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The Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation are proud to welcome our new ambassadors who have kindly volunteered their time and expertise to help raise awareness for gynaecological cancer research. Their contribution…

Vale Carmen Duncan

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Carmen graduated from the National Institute for the Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 1961 and had a stellar career in film, television and on stage, spanning more than 50 years. In…

Loraine’s Story

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Loraine Peck was one of the lucky 7% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who could be cured with surgery alone. Once she had recovered, she was talking to her…

Cindy Sullivan Fellowship Recipient

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The Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Cindy Sullivan Fellowship recipient is Dr Aime Powell.

Cindy Sullivan Memorial Race Day 2018

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Our annual race day is shaping up to be another great success with tickets selling fast. Please come along and enjoy a fast paced day at the races in remembrance…

AGCF and the Way In Network celebrate Women’s Day 2018

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AGCF was proud to attend the Way In Network's International Women's Day celebration in Sydney on 8 March 2018. AGCF Director Diane Langmack OAM joined The Way In Network's President…

World Cancer Day 2018 – A message from Australian Government Minster for Health Greg Hunt

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The Australian Federal Government Minister for Health Greg Hunt released a statement for World Cancer Day 2018. World Cancer Day is a day for all people to raise awareness and…

Cancer Australia releases new position statement on genetic testing for women with ovarian cancer

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Cancer Australia has released a position statement to provide information and recommendations on genetic testing for women diagnosed with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer, based on available evidence and on consensus.…

Cancer Council NSW Releases Updated Information Resources

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Cancer Council NSW has recently updated information resources for people affected by cancer. These updated information resources are for people affected by advanced cancer and carers. New booklet editions relating to gynaecological…

The Way In Network visits Dr Dane Cheasley

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During a recent visit to Melbourne, the beautiful ladies from the Way in Network visited Dr Dane Cheasley at his research lab at the Peter Macallum Cancer Centre. It's great…

Most ovarian cancers start in the fallopian tubes

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This is the finding of a multicenter study of ovarian cancer genetics led by researchers from Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health.

Dunmore Lang College supports AGCF

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Phoebe Gilbert and her mates at Dunmore Lang College, Macquarie University ran an opportunity shop and raised $1100 for women's cancer research. Well done guys, the future is in your…

Information Day Canrevive and AGCF on women’s cancers

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Thank you CanRevive President @Eric Yeung and your hard working team of volunteers and field staff for bringing a great day of information regarding cancer to so many Aussies of…

Endometrial cancer keyhole surgery compared to open operation

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Endometrial cancer is increasing in incidence, because it is more common in obese patients, and the incidence of obesity in the Australian community is increasing. Treatment involves surgical removal of…

Vulvar cancer on the rise in Australian women: new research

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A new study by Cancer Council NSW and UNSW Sydney found that rates of vulvar cancer have been increasing significantly from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s. The researchers looked…

Professor Hacker AM explains research grants

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During a recent visit from the Way in Network, Professor Neville Hacker explained how medical research is funded and why it's important that charities, focussed on women, support medical research…

Update on research: Low grade serous carcinoma an ovarian cancer

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My fellowship centres on the genomic analysis of ovarian cancer patients with low-grade serous carcinoma (LGSC), a subtype that tends to occur in younger women and does not respond to…

Dr Dane Cheasley awarded research fellowship

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The Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) is pleased to announce that Dr Dane Cheasley from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, was selected as the successful applicant for the AGCF…

AGCF Fellowship Grant

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AGCF has formed a partnership with the well established charitable foundation, the Way In Network, to create a new post-doctoral fellowship to support a research project aligned to the AGCF…

Cindy Sullivan Race Day Success

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The AGCF Annual Race honoured Cindy Sullivan and her family this year at the Randwick Turf Club. The day was a sensational success with more than 600 attendees raising $190,000…

First Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant Announced

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The AGCF is pleased to announce that Dr Dane Cheasley from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, was selected as the successful applicant for the AGCF and Way in Network…

Cervical Cancer Screening

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Scientists at Duke University have developed a handheld colposcope that can be used for cervical screening. The slender wand can be attached to a smartphone or laptop to display images…

Roxene on Ovarian Cancer

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For the past three and a half years I have been on a journey, a journey that I did not expect and quite frankly, it is a journey that I…

Carol on Vaginal Cancer

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In 2011 I felt a lump in the vaginal region while showering. I did not hesitate to make an appointment for investigation. The swab results indicated that I needed to…

Margaret on BRCA2 Mutation

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My journey started with my father in late 2004. Family members had suggested my 89 year old father be tested for the mutant gene BRCA2. His mother had died of…

Marjorie on ovarian cancer

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In March 2002 I went to see my GP about a lump in my right groin. I was sent off for a biopsy because we were pretty sure it was…

Tracey Hong on ovarian cancer

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I was admitted to Liverpool Hospital for emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction. To finally wake up in Intensive Care on assisted ventilation with a diagnosis of advanced Ovarian Cancer.…

Lisa Banfield on cervical cancer

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My initial diagnosis of cervical cancer came almost too late. I undertook a routine pap smear in 1996 in my then home in New Zealand. When the results came back…