If we have an opportunity to reduce the number of Australians with brain cancer, we should absolutely take it.
Statistics show that the survival rates for brain cancer haven’t improved in around 30 years, whilst survival rates for other cancers have.
This is one of the reasons why I joined the Senate Select Committee to inquire and report on the impact of funding for research into cancers with low survival rates.
At hearings in Sydney recently, we heard heartbreaking stories from those who had lost a partner or friend to brain cancer and valuable information on drug trials and other research. Without doubt brain cancer research is underfunded and I imagine the evidence we will hear over the coming weeks will result in a report that will make sweeping recommendations.
Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment
NXT was instrumental in negotiating Commonwealth funding of $68 million to ensure that South Australia will have the southern hemisphere’s first proton therapy treatment centre in Adelaide at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute).
Proton and Carbon therapies are examples of the future in terms of precisely targeting cancerous cells with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue, as well as less treatments and fewer side effects resulting in better outcomes for patients.
More details on the committee can be found here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Funding_for_Research_into_Cancers.