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Rare cancers research receives funding boost

September 10, 2015

Cancer researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne have received a welcomed gift to boost research into rare cancers. The $3 million gift from The Stafford Fox Medical Research Foundation will allow research into the treatment of rare cancers, which has been extremely underfunded.

Mr Ken Wallace, a trustee of the Foundation, said the gift will “both encourage researchers and offer hope to patients”. People with rare cancers are more likely to die from their disease than people with more common cancer types.

Associate Professor Claire Scott, who is one of WEHI’s lead rare cancers investigators, said: “This generous donation offers us the opportunity to develop new strategies and select the best treatments for patients diagnosed with rare cancers. One in three people who die from cancer will die of a rare cancer”.

The gift ensures WEHI’s research program stays on par with international counterparts. Many research centres around the world undertake similar research programs to boost cancer survival rates by matching the best treatment for each patient’s cancer.

The original article was published in WEHI’s Illuminate newsletter, September 2015.

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation has supported WEHI by providing three grants, totalling AUD 5.5million towards cutting edge cancer research equipment and technology.

Image: Associate Professor Claire Scott, courtesy of WEHI.

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