Uncovering why some patients have poorer lung cancer outcomes

Professor Danielle Mazza, Department of General Practice, has undertaken research aiming to uncover why there are differences in lung cancer outcomes for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD). This research has been awarded Cancer Council funding through a national priority research scheme for $430,000 over three years.

The grant, awarded through the Priority Driven Research Scheme administered by the Government agency Cancer Australia, will be utilised to compare the treatment pathways of CALD and Anglo-Australian patients. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality. It is responsible for almost one in five cancer deaths in the country.

Professor Mazza said that traditionally some groups had poorer outcomes and the research aimed to shed light on reasons for this.

"We hope to fill in the gaps in our knowledge by comparing how long it takes a patient from a CALD background to receive treatment after symptoms first develop compared to anglo-patients, by tracking differences in their treatment pathways."