Aus­tralia launches na­tional can­cer pro­gramme

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

A new, Aus­tralia-wide ini­tia­tive in­tends to wipe out child­hood can­cer in a pro­gramme that will see mul­ti­ple health­care fa­cil­i­ties col­lab­o­rat­ing to cre­ate per­son­alised med­i­cal treat­ments for chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer. The

Zero Child­hood Can­cer is a world-lead­ing ini­tia­tive, and will fo­cus on im­prov­ing sur­vival rates and qual­ity of life for chil­dren whose can­cer cur­rently has no prospect of cure. Sci­en­tists from 13 lead­ing Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional re­search in­sti­tutes and doc­tors from all eight of Aus­tralia’s kids’ can­cer cen­tres will work to­gether to iden­tify and rec­om­mend new treat­ment op­tions. These will be specif­i­cally tai­lored to suit the in­di­vid­ual can­cers of chil­dren with the high­est risk of treat­ment fail­ure or re­lapse and give their fam­i­lies hope.

The pro­gram recog­nises that each child’s can­cer is unique, so they re­spond dif­fer­ently to an­ti­cancer treat­ment. De­tailed lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis of tu­mour sam­ples will help iden­tify the drugs most likely to kill each child’s spe­cific can­cer.

The clin­i­cal trial ex­pands the pro­gramme to give hope to fam­i­lies across the coun­try and will en­rol more than 400 Aus­tralian chil­dren over the next three years, bring­ing the most ad­vanced di­ag­nos­tic tech­nolo­gies close to home. The clin­i­cal trial is open­ing in Syd­ney with other cities set to open in a staged roll­out over com­ing months.

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