Funding boost a win for children with brain cancer
The NSW Government has invested a further $1 million into childhood brain cancer research to find new treatments that boost survival rates.
The $1 million will support life-saving work carried out by NSW initiative, the Zero Childhood Cancer program, and builds on the $5.63 million awarded to the program in 2015.
The investment will help train the next generation of molecular neuro-oncologists to find new and innovative treatments.
The Zero Childhood Cancer program, jointly run by the Network and the Children’s Cancer Institute, offers Australia’s first ever personalised medicine program for children with high-risk or relapsed cancer.
The extra funding will support the program’s launch of INFORM 2, a novel immunotherapy trial.
The Zero Childhood Cancer program works with the Federal Government’s $100 million Australian Brain Cancer Mission to double survival rates for people with brain cancer and improve their quality of life.
Professor Tracey O’Brien, Director of Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick described the Zero Childhood Cancer program as a potential game changer in how child cancer patients are treated.
‘Australia loses over a classroom of children each year to brain cancer. For many aggressive childhood brain cancers, little progress has been made in improving survival for decades. The Zero Childhood Cancer program is needed because childhood cancer has different causes to adult cancer and occurs in different forms to adult cancers,’ she said.
The funding announcement is a win for brain cancer patients like Jacob Trzenski, who underwent treatment at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.
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