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Advancement in brain cancer treatment

03/May/2013  
It has been dubbed the biggest advancement in the fight against brain cancer in decades.

Research undertaken by Children’s Medical Research Institute scientist Dr Megan Chircop, with funding from Cancer Council NSW, aims to stop cell division in difficult to treat brain tumours with fewer side-effects than current treatments.

It has the potential to reduce brain cancer tumours by up to 75 per cent, with the hope these treatments will progress to clinical trials within 10 years.

The treatment still needs to go through rigorous testing, but it is a ray of hope for brain cancer patients and sometimes that’s all they need to get through the day.

Around 1,200 people die of brain cancer every year. It kills more Australians under the age of 39 than any other cancer, but is the most under-studied of all cancers and receives very little research funding.

Patients diagnosed with brain cancer have just five per cent chance of survival and the average survival rate without treatment is only six months.

Brain Cancer Action Week aims to raise awareness of these facts to help fund more research like Dr Megan Chircop’s and save lives.