For Cancer Immunotherapy Month, we are recognising the outstanding promise of immunotherapy to bring about a new era of children’s cancer treatments.
In Australia, approximately 750 children aged 0 – 14 years old are diagnosed with cancer each year.
For decades, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery have been the mainstays for treating cancer. However, these treatments leave chronic health problems and life-long physical and intellectual disabilities for most survivors.
The Ian Frazer Centre for Children’s Immunotherapy Research looks to change that.
At the Foundation, we are proud to support the work of the Ian Frazer Centre to bring better outcomes, treatments and survivorship for children facing cancer.
Because of you, the Ian Frazer Centre for Children’s Immunotherapy Research is looking to translate successful adult treatments into paediatric care through ground breaking clinical projects.
Since the Centre’s launch in August 2022, researchers have progressed two key projects to harness the power of immunotherapy:
- Paediatric Immune Cell Atlas (PICA) – creating an extensive map of the immune system in children to help clinicians develop effective treatments for children with immune-related diseases
- Personal Immunity-Guided Cancer Vaccine (PIC-Vac) – developing a novel cancer vaccine approach to boost the ability of a child’s own immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells, whilst sparing healthy tissue.
With your ongoing support, the Ian Frazer Centre for Children’s Immunotherapy Research can accelerate breakthroughs and champion the delivery of world-class paediatric care.
Thanks to you, children with cancer and their families can hope for a future with improvements in survival and survivorship.
You can find out how your donations are the difference every kid deserves here.