Can Too, who’s mission is to transform lives by funding cancer research, is excited to share news of two research projects close to home in Western Sydney that you could help by supporting the charity through your NAB RunWest entry this year.
Ahead of World Cancer Day – February 4 – meet two amazing Can Too funded cancer researchers carrying out ground-breaking work in the fight to cure cancer right here in Western Sydney.
Dr Vivian Kahl
Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead. She is developing new ways to improve cancer therapy.
Vivian is currently developing a new technique known as Telomere Fiber-FISH (TFF) to measure telomere lengths and what affects them, particularly in cancer cells. She aims to validate TFF in a panel of cancer cells to help provide a screening platform for new cancer therapies. The work has significant promise for prediction, diagnosis and treatment. More details here.
Dr James Wilmott
The Melanoma Institute Australia at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. He is working on a simple test to ensure advanced melanoma patients get the right drug for their disease.
This study could lead to the introduction of a simple test in the earliest stages of treatment planning for patients who are diagnosed with advanced melanoma. This would provide critical information for decision-making and ensure patients are offered the treatments most likely to be effective against their cancer.
Dr Wilmott decided to research melanoma as it kills one Australian every five hours. And the good news that melanoma has gone from one of the worst survival cancers to one of the most effective treatments now which stimulates the patients’ immune system to attack the tumour. More details on Dr Wilmott’s project here:
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