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New UA cancer research centre to focus on personalised treatment options

January 31, 2016

"We have identified weak points in these tumours and are targeting them with new agents. The next step is to support pre-clinical trials in Australia."

Dr Neilsen lost his 18-year-old brother to Ewing's Sarcoma - a malignant bone tumour which occurs most frequently in male teenagers and has a mortality rate of 40%, but increases to 90% for metastatic or recurrent disease.

Adelaide man John Marshall was a lot older - 41 years of age - when he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in July 2010, undergoing surgery to remove the tumour, along with 12 months of chemotherapy.

"The diagnosis floored me. I was a fit, happy, healthy guy who had never smoked, ate a healthy diet and worked out regularly. How could this happen to me?"

While Mr Marshall has been given the all clear following his treatment, he is keen to support sarcoma research being undertaken at the Centre for Cancer Personalised Medicine and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is planning a sponsored cycle ride through the French Alps in September 2102.

Source: www.adelaide.au/cpcm/