The Morrison Government will provide $6 million to help establish a world-leading facility to research and treat what is often termed the ‘forgotten’ cancer – sarcoma.
Liberal Senator for New South Wales, Arthur Sinodinos, made the announcement today and said it was great to see Chris O’Brien Lifehouse receive the funding towards the establishment of the Australian Sarcoma Surgical Research Centre.
“The facility will mean new hope and support for the mainly young Australians living with this rare cancer,” Senator Sinodinos said.
“I am proud to be part of a Government that is committed to ensuring Australians can access world-class treatments for diseases such as this.”
Senator Sinodinos said the facility will be a world-leader in sarcoma care. The centre will bring the most experienced sarcoma surgeons and clinicians in Australia under one roof to advance the innovation and discovery of sarcoma research to improve and save lives.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a not-for-profit, comprehensive cancer hospital providing care from screening and prevention to diagnosis, treatment and wellness.
“This commitment from the Federal Government will allow us to transform the treatment of sarcoma, a cancer that afflicts people in the prime of their lives, while advancing surgical technology and innovation in Australia,” said Eileen Hannagan, Chief Executive Officer of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
Ms Hannagan said the money is seed funding enabling the cancer hospital to progress the first stage of the centre in the next few weeks. The money will fund the purchase of a 3D titanium printer for the use of customised titanium implants in sarcoma surgery. These advanced machines work by melting titanium dust into a growing model from the bottom up.
Associate Professor Paul Stalley, an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in bone and soft tissue tumours, said the grant will make it possible to replace complex segments of bone with custom-made, perfectly matched metallic components.
“In many instances it will allow us to avoid horrific procedures such as hind quarter amputations, enabling patients to have a near-normal life with two legs,” said Professor Stalley.