Funding needed for Brain Cancer research

Funding needed for Brain Cancer research

By Nicholas Everard

The Neurosurgical Research Foundation has teamed up with the University of South Australia to take on brain cancer, head-on.

Australia is currently facing a brain cancer crisis, with 1600 people begin diagnosed with a brain tumor every 12 months. This scary figure is one of many that proves something needs to be done to combat the devastation.

Today, the current medial survival period from diagnosis to death is only 15 months. The NRF and UniSA are using this distressing fact to raise funding for further research.

The Give 15 campaign allows Australian’s to pledge funds they save from giving up 15 things to important study that aims to increase the mortality rate from months, into years.

Professor Stuart Pitson, Research Professor at the University of South Australia, believes Give 15 is an easy initative to participate in, confirming what he himself has pledged to give up.

The concept is simple, and can ultimately play a big part in brain cancer research.

Current advancements in the research are being praised by industry experts. However, funding is now needed to allow the progress to make it to clinics and treatment.

What is a Glioblastoma?

There are 130 different types of brain tumour, with  glioblastoma being one the most common.

Glioblastoma is a primary brain tumour that is found in 1000 of the 1600 Australians who are diagnosed with a brain tumour annually.

This type of tumour has proven to be the primary source for research, with current treatments considered ineffective against the deliberating cancer.

UniSA research conducted in the Centre for Cancer Biology have identified a defect in the glioblastoma cells that could provide scientists with life saving data. The cells cause cancerous tumours to grow rapidly and become resistant to chemotherapy.

Funds raised by the Give 15 program will allow this research to continue, with the hope that more lives can be saved.

For more information or to join the Give 15 pledge, visit here.


 

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