Optimising the Cancer Journey

Optimising the Cancer Journey

The ultimate goal of our work at the FCIC is to ensure that research discoveries are channelled to where they matter most, our patients and the wider community.

Our research focus ‘Optimising the Cancer Journey’ strives to ensure that research science has a clinical use such as new treatments, information, resources and support aids to provide the very best outcome for patients.

Research projects in this area include:

Clinical Trials

One of the final phases of research, clinical trials allow the exploration of medical research in a human model. From testing new or improved drug treatments to understanding community behaviour, clinical trials play an essential role in the translation of medical science into clinical care.

Personalised Medicine

Investigators have and continue to improve our knowledge of the underlying factors of disease and why some people respond better than others to treatment. With this knowledge, treatments and detection methods can be customised and tailored to individual patients.

Innovative Therapeutics

Discovering new ways to prevent and cure cancer has long been an ultimate goal of medical research. From discovering ‘smart foods’ that reduce the risk of cancer, harnessing ancient healing knowledge in modern science and improving and finding new therapies, our researchers continue to improve cancer treatments.

Cancer Survivorship

A growing area of interest around the world, the focus on Survivorship has grown out of the knowledge that cancer survivors often have continuing health issues, psychological and emotional strain and physical needs as they continue life after cancer treatment. This area of research is opening communication between patient and health practitioner, creating a better understanding of patient needs.
For more information on this area of research please visit the Flinders Survivorship Research Group.

Complementary Care

Complementary care refers to the therapeutic tools that can assist in symptom management and improve overall health and wellness while patients are undergoing treatment. This can include the management of treatment side effects and general wellbeing.

Palliative care

Palliative care provides terminally ill people with the supportive services they require as they near end of life. Flinders University has an internationally recognised program of research into palliative and supportive services that looks at ways to improve the standards of this type of care. This research is focused on four key areas:

  • Clinical studies through the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative.
  • Translational and evidence resources such as the CareSearch website which provides the health community and general public with up to date information and links to quality resources.
  • Service provision.
  • Population-based studies.