Therapy to prevent growth of secondary breast tumours

Start Year: 2012
Finish Year: 2015
Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Robin Anderson
Grant Type: Cancer Australia Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme(PdCCRS)
Institution: University of Melbourne

Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS)

Some breast cancer patients are at risk of relapse of their disease, causing ongoing stress and anxiety. Tumour cells can remain alive but in a dormant, non-growing state in other organs, such as bone marrow, for many years then suddenly start growing into new secondary tumours.

Associate Professor Anderson and her team aim to develop a new therapy that prevents dormant tumour cells from growing into life-threatening secondary tumours. If successful, the project could provide a therapy that prevents the outgrowth of secondary tumours, enabling patients to live normal lives without the constant fear of a return of their cancer.

This project is co-funded by NBCF and Cancer Australia.