Meeting Avner’s Foundation ‘Woolies on Wheels’ 2015 Pancreatic Cancer grant recipients

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 Posted in News, 2016

Meeting Avner’s Foundation ‘Woolies on Wheels’ 2015 Pancreatic Cancer grant recipients

In recent news scientists have claimed extraordinary success with using a patient’s immune cells to target a type of blood cancer. In one study the vast majority of participants with a specific type of leukaemia saw all symptoms vanish completely. This is quite a new area of research and has some researchers describing it as the holy grail of cancer research. While using a person’s own immune system to fight a cancer has shown great early promise in blood cancers, solid tumour cancers will be more difficult but are still a promising area of research.

Cancer Institute 2016

Thursday, 11 February 2016 Posted in News, 2016

Cancer Institute 2016

Back in 2012, the Cancer Institute of NSW released an important study that showed for Pancreatic Cancer patients undergoing surgery, there was a two-fold difference in survival rates between hospitals that do the surgery a lot (6 or more operations a year) versus those that do it rarely (less than 6 a year). Yesterday I had a meeting with David Currow, the CEO of the Cancer Institute of NSW and Chief Cancer Officer of NSW, to receive an update on this work.

Surgical Workshop

Sunday, 24 January 2016 Posted in News, 2016

Surgical Workshop

In 2015 Avner’s Foundation funded a surgical workshop that brought together medical experts from around Australia, including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and gastroenterologists.