CANCER TRIAL TO HELP KIDS
CANCER treatment for all sufferers, including children, could be revolutionised by a new clinical trial.
Under the national trial, which the Zero Childhood Cancer initiative will start today, 400 terminally-ill children will receive personalised treatment based on genetic screening of cancer cells and tumours.
Scientists from 13 leading Australian and international research institutes and doctors from all eight of Australia’s children’s cancer centres will work together to identify and recommend new treatment options.
Tumour samples will be tested against hundreds of drugs to see which treatments will work best.
Michelle Haber, executive director of the Children’s Cancer Institute, said this was the “most exciting cancer initiative” she had seen.