We promote, initiate and support

What we do

Icon Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation. We are committed to improving patient access to treatments by raising awareness about and sponsoring Investigator Initiated Trials.

Community fundraising is crucial to helping us provide patient programs and doctor, allied health or nurse initiated trials that support best patient care. Our aim is to bring a brighter tomorrow for cancer patients and communities.

Funds raised are also used to support investigator initiated trials and patients on these trials. Support for development of these trials includes:

  • Trial concept development
  • Protocol development
  • Trial start up
  • Patient recruitment
  • Data collection
  • Trial management and publication

There are a number of important steps involved in the creation and execution of trials which are all in place to ensure studies can be conducted and are safe for participating patients.

By supporting these unique trials, you are helping to contribute to advances in treatment and change the lives of cancer patients today and tomorrow.

What is an Investigator Initiated Trial? 

Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs) are clinical studies initiated and managed by an independent investigator or non-commercial sponsor. For trials sponsored by ICF, the investigator is usually a clinician, e.g. doctor, allied health professionals. They are responsible for developing the aim of the trial, protocol and conducting the trial according to all applicable ethical and regulatory requirements.

Why are IITs important?

As with all clinical trials, IITs play an important role in advancing medicine. They have the ability to discover new types of treatments and techniques to better treat diseases, gain a better understanding of a disease and its side effects, as well as find new ways to detect and diagnose medical conditions. As these trials are not sponsored by large pharmaceutical companies they can be costly and often require ongoing resources to support the research teams and patients. Generous fundraising and community support is vital to enable researchers to conduct these important trials which provide hope and opportunities for thousands of cancer patients.

Who we are

Icon Cancer Foundation is made up of passionate individuals who are dedicated to changing the lives of cancer patients and their families through improving access to cancer clinical trials and research.

Our mission

To promote, initiate and support clinical trials and research, striving towards a brighter future for cancer patients and communities.


Patient support

Our fundraising aims to improve patient outcomes by providing support for patients on clinical trials who may have otherwise not been able to participate.

Our patient support includes transport and accommodation assistance along with access to clinical research coordinators and allied health services such as physiotherapists, dietitians and psychologists. This helps ensure patients achieve the best possible outcome as a result of participating in their trial.

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