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Parliamentarian says ProCan is Holy Grail

A former palliative care nurse, who is now a Member of the Legislative Council, has spoken in NSW Parliament about Children’s Medical Research Institute and what she sees as the Holy Grail of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Bronnie Taylor MLC is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier, but just a few years ago, Ms Taylor was at the front line as a cancer and palliative care nurse.

Earlier this month, she told NSW Parliament about her passion for Children’s Medical Research Institute after visiting the ProCan project, and congratulated the State and Federal Governments who recently announced a combined $41 million investment for its work.

“As a cancer and palliative care nurse, I know that this project is a complete game changer for cancer diagnosis and treatment,’’ Ms Taylor said.

ProCan is the world’s only research facility in high-throughput cancer proteomics and big data proteogenomics. It aims to change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated. 

Researchers will analyse thousands of proteins simultaneously in each sample of up to 70,000 cancers of all types from patients worldwide and will use advanced computational techniques to improve diagnosis and predict the most effective treatments for each cancer. 

“When I went to see ProCan, all I could think was that this is the absolute Holy Grail of what we have been searching for in cancer services for so long,’’ Ms Taylor said.

“We know that many treatments we have to give people are very debilitating and hard to get through and we know that the treatment will only be effective for some of the very many people. To be able to target that treatment for that person and for the specific cancer will make the most enormous difference to so many people.

“Patients will no longer have to endure treatments that cannot effectively target and treat their disease. It is just so incredible.’’

Ms Taylor paid tribute to all those people who support Children’s Medical Research Institute through fundraising, including events such as Jeans for Genes and The Great Cycle Challenge. She also made special mention of CMRI’s fundraising committees that are spread across NSW.

“We owe these people so very much,’’ she said.
“I cannot wait to see how the ProCan project progresses.
“It gives me goosebumps, it is just so exciting. I did not think we would see it in the next decade, but now we will.’’

Read the full Hansard transcript of her speech here