Cash needed to find cure for brain cancer in kids
malaria drug. All children diagnosed with the tumour, which is inoperable given its position in the brain stem, are given just six to nine months to live.
With 18 donated brain tumours, the team has grown DIPG tumours in the lab and then exposed them to thousands of known drugs.
Nearly all of the known chemotherapy drugs have failed on DIPG but, in a breakthrough, anti-malarial drugs worked.
It is the most promising breakthrough to date for a cancer, Prof Ziegler said. MONEY is the only thing standing between Australian scientists and a cure for the death sentence that is brain cancer in children.
“An annual budget of $5 million would revolutionise the approach to this cancer,” oncologist Associate Professor David Ziegler said.
He said he and his team at Sydney’s Children’s Cancer Institute had been looking for a needle in a haystack – a way to kill diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a brain-stem tumour that’s considered to be 100 per cent fatal.
They may have found it in a