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Donations help kick-start new clinical trials to bring renewed hope for cancer patients


St John of God Murdoch Hospital oncologists are passionate about finding new and more effective cancer treatments through clinical trials, and now, thanks to philanthropic donor support, a greater number of clinical trials will be available to eligible cancer patients.

In 2020, a state-of-the-art ultra-cold laboratory freezer was purchased with a generous donation to St John of God Murdoch Hospital, and is used to store bio-specimens (blood samples) collected from patients on clinical trials before analysis.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital Research Operations Manager Dr Steve Edmondston said the freezer is a significant asset that will support current clinical trials and enhance opportunities to participate in future trials. “Since acquiring the freezer, we have secured two new clinical trials which require this freezer for specimen storage; this simply would not have been possible without donor support.”

A/Prof Kynan Feeney, St John of God Murdoch Hospital

Clinical trials play an essential role in the discovery of new medicines while offering eligible patients access to new treatment options beyond the standard care. For many patients, participating in a clinical trial brings renewed hope in fighting their cancer.

Associate Professor Kynan Feeney, Head of Department of Cancer Services at St John of God Murdoch Hospital says the team is focused on improving care for some of the most common cancers including prostate, breast, colorectal, and melanoma.

“We aim to provide cancer patients and their families the best possible care through research-driven practice. Findings from clinical trials have the potential to improve health outcomes for cancer patients today and well into the future." - Associate Professor Kynan Feeney

Meaningful donations such as this provide vital support to drive better health outcomes for patients in our communities.

To learn more about supporting cancer treatment, please contact us to discuss a specific area of interest.

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