Updates from researchers

Generous support from people like you enable Peter Mac’s cancer research to continue. Each donation toward cancer research helps us find more effective treatments for people with cancer. At Peter Mac, more than 520 laboratory scientists, clinician-researchers, research nurses and other health professionals are working together to discover new and better ways to fight cancer. With your support, our cancer experts are making important advances every day.

Twenty-one innovative new research projects will commence at Peter Mac thanks to the generosity of donors to the Peter Mac Endowment Fund.

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Our donors are helping Peter Mac researchers pioneer the development of a new combination drug therapy to treat advanced blood cancers, which currently claim the lives of around 4,000 Australians each year.

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Blood tests may soon provide more accurate, predictive and less invasive disease monitoring for patients at risk of relapse following standard treatments for breast cancer.

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The largest complete DNA analysis of ovarian cancer in the world, published overnight in Nature, has revealed unprecedented new insight into the genetic twists and turns a deadly form of the disease takes to outsmart chemotherapy, potentially changing treatment approaches for women around the world.

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After an important discovery in our research laboratories, Peter Mac has begun world-first clinical trials of a new first-in-class compound to treat blood cancers.

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Peter Mac researchers have pinpointed the beneficial impact of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin) on inhibiting the ability for tumours to spread in the body.

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Peter Mac researchers are investigating how the immune system can be used to better identify, remember and kill invading cancer cells.

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Researchers from Peter Mac have discovered an immune signal in breast cancer cells that could be targeted with an existing treatment to contain tumours before they metastasise.

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