Cancer is the number one cause of disease-related death in children 1-14 years of age in Australia. Cancer Council Queensland is working every day to improve outcomes for children with cancer.
The Australian Paediatric Cancer Registry (APCR) is one of only a few national registries of childhood cancer in the world and the only Australian population-based registry specifically for childhood cancer. Information is collected with the support and assistance of all State and Territory Cancer Registries and all treating paediatric oncology hospitals throughout Australia. Funded and managed by CCQ, and with appropriate ethical and legislative approvals, the Registry records clinical and treatment information on each of the 650 children a year diagnosed with cancer in Australia.
The APCR is therefore a rich source of information on childhood cancer, containing a complete register of all 18,000 cases of childhood cancer diagnosed in Australia since 1983.
Impact of APCR research
Collection of a population-based, nationally consistent childhood cancer clinical data set is essential for national reporting, international benchmarking and clinical epidemiologic research. The APCR provides current, accurate and accessible information about incidence, mortality and survival – information that is vital for addressing the future needs of children with cancer.
Most importantly, research produced by the APCR is of benefit to clinicians, paediatric cancer patients and their families.
Childhood cancers fact sheet
Our continued investment into childhood cancer research plays a significant role in saving lives and beating childhood cancer. Learn more about CCQ’s involvement to improve outcomes for children with cancer through research and extensive support services.
Childhood cancer survival in Australia, 1995-2004
(published October 2010):
Childhood cancer incidence in Australia, 1983-2006
(published November 2009):