Senate launches a new inquiry into rare and less common cancers

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The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has launched an inquiry into equitable access to diagnosis and treatment for individuals with rare and less common cancers, including neuroendocrine cancer.

The committee, chaired by the Greens' Senator Janet Rice, is taking submissions and is scheduled to report in March 2024.

The terms of reference cover barriers to screening and diagnosis, including the impact of factors such as location, cost, cultural and language barriers, type of cancer, and the availability of treating practitioners.

The inquiry will also consider barriers to accessing treatment, the adequacy of support services after diagnosis, and the adequacy of research funding.