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venetoclax breakthrough

Breakthrough therapy gives hope for new leukaemia treatment

In a world-first clinical trial, Melbourne medical researchers have shown that patients with an advanced form of leukaemia can achieve complete remission with a novel tablet treatment. Clinical trials of the potent new anti-cancer drug venetoclax showed it was effective in killing cancer cells in people with advanced forms of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) when […]

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Targeting cancer ‘survival’ protein to kill cancer cells

A protein critical for the survival of many cancer cells, called MCL-1, might be the key to a new treatment for lymphoma and leukaemia patients. Leukaemia Foundation funded researcher Dr Stephanie Grabow and her team, in particular Drs Gemma Kelly and Brandon Aubrey at Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, are investigating the […]

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A vital head start against cancer

Doctors will be given a valuable head start against cancer with the development of a new test that can identify the 40% of patients with an aggressive form of lymphoma who are not likely to respond to standard treatment. Our Chair in blood cancer research at UQ Diamantina Institute in Brisbane, Professor Maher Gandhi, explains the laboratory test and how […]

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Village Green Apartments

Somewhere new to call home

Families who need to move to Brisbane for life-saving blood cancer treatment will have somewhere new to call home next month after we pick up the keys to 11 units in the heart of the city. Construction of our newest accommodation, the Village Green Apartments, is almost complete, with 11 units due to be settled […]

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Country publican raises $80k in honour of late husband

After losing her husband Paul to a rare leukaemia twenty-two years ago, Karyn Williamson has raised an incredible $80,000 over the last five years to help regional patients diagnosed with a blood cancer. Karyn who comes from the small township of Cooyar two hours north-west of Brisbane said she wanted to give back to the Leukaemia Foundation after the support she and her […]

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Mike Higgins former Channel 7 newsreader

Given 16% chance of survival I’m just happy to be alive

  The man with the golden voice, former Channel 7 newsreader Mike Higgins, is happy to be alive after battling a rare form of lymphoma At 67, Mike may look a little older than he did when he was beamed into our lounge rooms during the 70s and 80s, but that smooth, rich voice is still […]

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We celebrated the birth of our daughter, only to be told our son had cancer

Imagine experiencing the joy of welcoming your new baby into the world, followed by the news that your other child has blood cancer. This was the confronting reality faced by Katharine and Jason Aquilina when their 18-month-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013, soon after the birth of their daughter. The shock was […]

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Researcher Rebecca Austin hiking

Rising to the challenge: how I’m beating blood cancer

When she’s not hiking or rock-climbing, our researcher Rebecca Austin is pushing herself in other ways as she works to find new treatment options for leukaemia patients. This week, we announced Rebecca’s is one of several exciting new research projects we’re going to be funding. So we put her under the microscope with a few […]

Working to cure and conquer every blood cancer – with care
  • Working to cure and conquer every blood cancer – with care
  • Working to cure and conquer every blood cancer – with care
  • Working to cure and conquer every blood cancer – with care
  • Working to cure and conquer every blood cancer – with care
  • Working to cure and conquer every blood cancer – with care
  • Working to cure and conquer every blood cancer – with care

Our Residents’ Christmas Party

Santa brought smiles to the faces of many of our younger residents when he stopped by our Clem Jones – Sunland Village in Coopers Plains last week. Those staying at all of our Brisbane accommodation centres were invited along for a chance to relax and share some festive cheer. Patients of all ages diagnosed with blood […]

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Project:home Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland

Finding new ways to beat blood cancer

More and more Queenslanders are relying on us for support on their blood cancer journey. For many, a blood cancer diagnosis means relocating to Brisbane so they can immediately start treatment. That means they need somewhere to stay, a home-away-from-home. Our current accommodation centres in Brisbane already help hundreds of people each year but we need more accommodation to cope with demand. So, to continue […]

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