Susan G. Komen® and Cancer Australia announce partnership on Breast Cancer Research

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Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, has announced a new partnership with Cancer Australia to co-fund research on metastatic breast cancer. The International Collaborative Research Partnership between Cancer Australia and Susan G. Komen® will provide $450,000 over three years to fund the research of Dr Delphine Merino at La Trobe University in Australia through a Career Catalyst Research Grant.

It is estimated that more than 2 million new cases of breast cancer and 600,000 breast cancer deaths occurred worldwide in 2018. Most of those deaths are the result of metastatic breast cancer, or breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast, often to the bones, lungs, liver or brain. Although metastatic breast cancer is not curable today, it can be treated. Treatment today focuses on length and quality of life, but more research will help us find a cure for metastatic disease.

Komen is committed to improving the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. To do that, it is building partnerships around the world to address the most challenging research questions.

“Breast cancer is a global problem that we cannot tackle alone, and research partnerships are key to advancing the scientific breakthroughs that will save lives,” said Victoria Wolodzko, Komen’s senior vice president of mission. “We are excited to join Cancer Australia in partnering to fund research focused on treating the breast cancer that kills - metastatic breast cancer.”

“We welcome this important international collaboration. Cancer Australia is proud to be partnering with Susan G. Komen to co-fund Dr Merino’s work – addressing critical research questions in disease progression of metastatic breast cancer. This research partnership will provide the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the future of breast cancer clinical practice and patient outcomes,” said Dr Helen Zorbas, CEO, Cancer Australia.

Through this partnership, cutting-edge technology will be used to identify genes that help breast cancer cells spread to distant organs and resist the effects of standard therapies. The ultimate goal of Dr Merino’s research is to find the “Achilles heel” of metastatic breast cancer so that this devastating disease can be better treated and eliminated.