Senate debates

Thursday, 17 October 2019


Brain Cancer

12:24 pm

Photo of Anne UrquhartAnne Urquhart (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Bilyk, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) International Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held from 26 October to 2 November 2019,

  (ii) the five-year survival rate for malignant brain tumours, known as brain cancer, is still only 22%,

  (iii) while not as deadly as brain cancer, benign tumours in certain areas of the brain can still be life-threatening and may require urgent treatment, and

  (iv) even surviving a brain tumour, patients can suffer ongoing symptoms, including brain damage and paralysis;

(b) congratulates the Brain Tumour Alliance Australian and the International Brain Tumour Alliance for their ongoing advocacy for brain tumour patients; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to take whatever action is necessary to improve brain cancer and tumour survival.

Question agreed to.