The 2017 POSH Gala Ball promises to be a very special occasion. Guests can dance the night away and enjoy a sumptuous three course dinner with fine wine. Vince Sorrenti, one of Australia’s best-known and leading comic entertainers, is once again our Master of Ceremonies. It will be an extraordinary opportunity to secure once-in-a-lifetime experiences and sought-after items. Every auction item is 100% donated and funds raised will be directed to Cancer Council’s research, advocacy, support and prevention programs.
When surveyed as part of a 2016 evaluation, 7 in 10 people indicated that if the Cancer Council NSW transport service was not available, they would miss medical appointments at least occasionally.2 in 10 people said they would miss every appointment.
Bills and living expenses don’t stop during treatment. Cancer Council NSW provides direct short-term emergency financial assistance to people affected by cancer and financial disadvantage.
Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support is a confidential telephone and online based service staffed by specialist oncology health professionals.
Cancer Council NSW has been a continuous supporter of Professor Roger Reddel's research, ever since he was recruited back from the USA to the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Sydney. He is currently working on a far-reaching research program that aims to transform the way cancer is diagnosed and to increase the accuracy of treatment decisions for each individual cancer patient. Together with Professor Phil Robinson, Professor Reddel is leading an initiative, named ProCan, which is using a new technology to analyse many thousands of different cancer samples of all types, from children and adults, over the next five years. The analyses are all being done at CMRI in a purpose-built, industrial-scale research laboratory. The cancer samples, and information about their response to treatment, are being provided by experts in each cancer type from around Australia and internationally. The ProCan program will use "big data" methods to match the pattern of key molecules in the cancers with their response to treatment.
"Since I last spoke in 2011, thanks to your funding I have been able to continue my research to improve the way cancer is diagnosed and treated. One of the exciting outcomes of our current research program will be an 'internet of cancers'. This means that when a patient is newly diagnosed with cancer, a sample of the cancer will be analysed within 24 to 36 hours, and the pattern of key molecules it contains will be used to search a global database to determine what treatments worked best - and, just as importantly, which treatments did not work - in patients with the most similar cancers. This will increase the accuracy of treatment decisions, enhancing the ability of clinicians to choose effective treatments for each patient, and avoiding the side-effects and loss of vital time that would result from choosing an ineffective treatment. Just like the internet itself, this internet of cancers will continue growing and will be continuously updated as new treatments become available."
Professor Roger Reddel
Children’s Medical Research Institute
"Since I last spoke in 2011, thanks to your funding I have been able to continue my research to improve the way cancer is diagnosed and treated."
The success POSH enjoys today, as we celebrate our 18th year, is mainly attributed to the many people who give so generously their time, energy and effort.
Our thanks are extended to the POSH Committee members, many of whom have been on the POSH Committee since its inception. They provide the strategy, focus and inspiration to ensure POSH is a not-to-be-missed event and continues to raise more than $1 million annually for cancer research.
To the many volunteers whose efforts, whether large or small, are invaluable to our cause, we thank you for your contributions.
Finally, we gratefully acknowledge Vince Sorrenti, POSH Master of Ceremonies and entertainer, who has made an outstanding personal commitment by donating his services for the past 18 years. He continues to delight and engage our patrons, and we are very grateful for his support, humour and tenacity.
Nadine O’Brien, Chair
Bruce Hodgkinson SC
John Ryder Winning
Jeff Mitchell, Ex Officio
Anna Le Quesne
$14.9 million invested in cancer research.
12,200+ calls to our 13 11 20 Information & Support service.
Almost 700,000 children protected from the sun while at school.
Aboriginal breast cancer outcomes will guide future policymaking to help close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cancer outcomes.
Improved early detection of deadly liver cancer in high risk communities.
Our research into prostate cancer will help close the gap in survival rates between rural and city patients.