Australasian Sarcoma Study Group ASSG

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Sarcomas are a group of devastating cancers arising in the connective tissues, including fat, muscle, cartilage and bone. Sarcomas account for less than 3% of all cancers. Almost 90% of sarcomas occur in adults but affect a younger population than most cancers. Sarcomas comprise 20% of cancers in children and up to 10% in young adults. Two in five patients with sarcoma will go on to die from their disease. The effect of sarcoma on the community in terms of disability-adjusted life years is huge and comparable to cervical cancer. Research published in the United States shows a highly, statistically significant correlation between conducting research and survival; in other words, research impacts directly upon survival. In 2007, a group of clinicians with shared interests in sarcomas decided to develop an effective clinical research co-operative group to improve outcomes for sarcoma and related tumours in the Australian community, by undertaking outstanding international basic, translational, clinical and supportive care research

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305 Grattan Street
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Level 3
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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