Cash needed to find cure for brain can­cer in kids

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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

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