Australian Companion Animal Registry of Cancers

Australia’s first national registry of animal cancer occurrences, backed by real-time data.
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Project
Australian Companion Animal Registry of Cancers
Project lead
The University of Queensland
Who will benefit
Cancer research organisations, researchers, policymakers, government, veterinary clinicians, industry

Timeframe

January 2021 to June 2023

Current Phase

In progress

ARDC Co-investment

$391,097

The Challenge

Cancer is a major cause of death in animals and humans. While cancer registries are commonplace in human medicine, veterinary cancer registries have been sporadic, short-lived and uncoordinated. 

Good data is essential to provide clinical and epidemiological evidence for evaluating the efficacy of current cancer treatment programs and developing intervention priorities.

The Response

This project will create the Australian Companion Animal Registry of Cancers (ACARCinom), a national data asset comprising de-identified cancer records from major commercial and university-based veterinary pathology laboratories through a single companion animal cancer registry.

Focusing on cancers in dogs and cats, ACARCinom will generate a sustainable, unified, integrated and accessible data asset for identifying patterns and trends in animal and human cancers, as well as quantifying the role of predisposing risk factors. 

The project will involve:

  • data integration through an automated system for data capture with the  veterinary cancer data transferred to a central repository
  • standardisation of the data processing workflow, classification and coding
  • development of a web interface for researchers to access and use the ACARCinom database.

Who Will Benefit

Cancer research organisations, researchers, policymakers and government, veterinary clinicians and the veterinary industry will benefit from access to transformed and de-identified veterinary cancer data accessible through an authenticated web interface.

Users of ACARCinom will be able to conduct research for cancer risk mapping and ranking of predisposing risk factors for cancers in humans and animals.

The Partners

Our partners are:

  • The University of Queensland
  • QUT
  • University of Sydney
  • James Cook University
  • Gribbles Veterinary Pathology
  • IDEXX
  • University of Adelaide
  • Murdoch University.

Target Outcomes

ACARCinom the first Australia-wide registry of animal cancer occurrences, collecting standardised data from pathology labs and universities in real-time.

Companion animals are sentinels of certain human cancers of environmental origin. Analysis enabled by ACARCinom can point to shared cancer hot-spots and uncover predisposing environmental risk factors for cancers in animals and humans.

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