The Children’s Hospital at Westmead cares for several hundred young cancer patients every year. Of these, more than half are enrolled in a clinical trial.
Clinical trials are often the only way that children in Australia can access drugs that have been shown to work. They also enable our researchers to test new, more effective ways of treating cancer. The research our doctors conduct continuously informs their care decisions for children with cancer, and our clinical trials ensure constant improvement in the outcomes of our patients.
Led by Dr Luciano Dalla-Pozza, our research focuses on leukaemia, sarcoma, bone marrow transplantation and neuro-oncology. We work closely with the Children’s Cancer Research Unit, and also participate in large multi-site international trials and are actively involved in international childhood cancer networks, which are essential to achieve the data sets large enough to study rare childhood cancers.
We currently have 60 clinical trials running, looking at, for example, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, quality of life in cancer patients, brain cancer, cancer of the central nervous system, eye cancer, germ cell cancer, haematological cancer, leukaemia, recurrent relapsed low grade gliomas, sarcomas and Wilm’s tumour.