Lung cancer is our nation’s biggest cancer killer, yet it receives less than 5% of government cancer research funding.

Shine a Light Campaign: The need for research

Lung cancer has a devastating impact on the lives of millions of Australians, with one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. Many people are unaware of the impact of lung cancer and the current disparity in the level of research, treatment and support available for the people and families affected.

Lung Foundation Australia established the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer campaign to raise awareness and much needed funding for lung cancer research. Research offers hope and undisputed health and wellbeing benefits for people living with lung cancer. With research, we gain a better understanding of the disease and support the development of tests and treatments that will mean a better quality of life for people with lung cancer. With research, we have hope of finding a cure.

Where does my money go?

Lung Foundation Australia is dedicated to funding cutting edge research that will have the largest possible positive impact for people with lung cancer.

Money raised through our Shine a Light on Lung Cancer initiative is used to support innovate research projects through our Research Awards Program. The Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Research Awards in this program provide grant funding for researchers to pursue projects that will further advancements in the treatment, prevention and finding a cure for lung cancer.

To further the impact of the money raised, Lung Foundation secured matched funding for a number of these awards through partnerships with universities and research institutes.

Current research

Through the generosity and dedication of our patient advocates and the community, our Shine a Light on Lung Cancer campaign raised $150,000 in 2017 which will support the following research projects:

  • The Lung Foundation Australia Early Career Nursing or Allied Health Fellowship for Research in Lung Cancer 2019/2020 valued at $100,000 over 2 years
  • The Lung Foundation Australia Shining a Light on Lung Cancer PhD Scholarship in Lung Cancer Research 2019 valued at $60,000 over 3 years
  • The Lung Foundation Australia Shine a Light on Lung Cancer 2019 Grant-in-Aid for Lung Cancer Research valued at $10,000 over 1 year

Find out about the latest research projects and findings on our main website.

Lung cancer in Australia: the facts

Anyone can get lung cancer. It affects men, women, children, smokers, ex-smokers and never smokers, all who are equally worthy of care and support.

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    1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men diagnosed with lung cancer have no history of smoking.
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    In 2017, 12,500 people were diagnosed with lung cancer. That’s 34 people a day.
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    Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer in Australia with just 15 percent of people living five years past their diagnosis.
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    One Australian dies every hour from lung cancer.
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    Lung Cancer Support Nurse

    Being told you or someone you love has lung cancer can be a very overwhelming and frightening experience. It is important to remember that you are not alone and you do not have to make this journey by yourself. Our Lung Cancer Support Nurse provides emotional support, clarity in understanding treatments, as well as assistance with navigating your treatment path. Call 1800 654 301 or email lungcancernurse@lungfoundation.com.au

    Lung Foundation Australia

    Lung Foundation Australia is the only charity in Australia providing support and a voice for people living with a lung disease. Lung Foundation Australia works to inspire hope for the future by funding life-changing research; facilitating best-practice clinical management; and supporting those with lung disease. We work to empower those with lung disease to take the important steps they can to enjoy a better quality of life by understanding and managing their disease. We advocate for people with a lung disease to receive the level of care and treatment they deserve. For more information, please visit our website.