Accelerating the search for cancer cures

People with cancer and their loved ones are at the heart of all Peter Mac’s work. And by joining the Tour de Cure Peter Mac Ride, you will make a lifesaving difference to people with cancer – while at the same time making life-long friends.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to overcoming cancer, and the home of Australia’s largest cancer research group.

600 laboratory and clinical researchers work together at Peter Mac. Their research impacts all types of cancer. Together, they are searching for new and better ways to:

  • Prevent cancers before they occur
  • Detect cancers at an early stage, so that patients have the best chance of cure
  • Treat cancers in ways that are more effective, and have fewer side-effects
  • Support the psychological wellbeing of patients and their loved ones, both during treatment and beyond
  • Cure our patients’ cancers so they can lead long and happy lives, free from cancer.

Fundraising activities like the Tour de Cure Peter Mac Ride play a crucial role in our cancer research.

Over the last three Peter Mac Rides, Tour de Cure riders and their supporters have raised more than $1.3M for cancer research at Peter Mac. These funds kick-started eight important new research projects.

Some of the highlights include:

Research into how kids’ own immune systems can be used to fight their cancers:

The establishment of a project to develop an evidence base for supporting caregivers as they care for a loved one with cancer:

Research aiming to reprogram CAR T cells to significantly enhance their ability to rapidly multiply within patients and to make them better equipped to target tumour cells:

A project to take a world-first liquid biopsy, recently developed at Peter Mac for more precise and effective treatments of adult blood cancers, and apply it to kids’ cancers including leukaemia and brain cancers: