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Every day, early-career cancer researchers like Angelica are working tirelessly to try to make this the last generation to die from cancer.
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Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest of all cancers – with only 7.7% of patients surviving 5 years after diagnosis.*
Because it progresses silently within the pancreas for many years, patients often only become aware of the disease when it is already in its late stages. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates 3,006 Australians will die from pancreatic cancer alone this year.*
The only way to change that is through research.
Cure Cancer Australia-funded grant recipient Dr Angelica Merlot is determined to improve the outcome for pancreatic cancer patients everywhere.
A passionate and incredibly talented cancer researcher, Angelica’s PhD (2010-13) focused on the development of anti-cancer drugs that overcome drug resistance and selectively target tumour cells. The success of this research has contributed to a current clinical trial, treating patients with advanced tumours.
Angelica’s current research focuses on the characterisation of specific molecular pathways involved in cancer progression and metastasis, and the development of nanoparticles to improve drug delivery.
“Our findings will take a major leap forward in understanding pancreatic cancer progression”, she says. This pioneering research has the potential to result in more effective treatments and improved survival rates.
Without the seed funding that you make possible by supporting Cure Cancer Australia, this research simply would not proceed. “Without this grant, we wouldn’t have the necessary funds to carry out our work”, Angelica explains
“It’s a clinical emergency to rapidly assess and design anti-metastatic agents against this aggressive disease”, Angelica explains.
In this line of work, we hear heart-wrenching stories about losing loved ones nearly every day. And it never gets easier. Every single cancer diagnosis has a ripple effect on the community. We need talented young cancer researchers like Angelica to change this.
“I have lost multiple family members to cancer. They have amazing stories to share. Their struggles are a huge encouragement to keep going with my research to ensure we can improve patient survival rates”, says Angelica.
Although so many of us have been affected by cancer, research like Angelica’s gives us wonderful hope for the future. Your donation today supports every Australian who has been struck by cancer, and every Australian who will.
Because of your generosity, Cure Cancer Australia can continue to invest in the innovative work of brilliant early-career scientists.
We do this because we truly believe their pioneering ideas and challenging perspectives offer the best chance of finding a cure.
Source: *Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017, Canberra. ACT.