Helping patients with advanced cancers breathe easier

Helping patients with advanced cancers breathe easier More than 8000 Australians and one million cancer patients worldwide suffer from breathlessness because of a build-up of fluid in the chest called malignant pleural effusion (MPE). MPE can complicate most cancers, causing significant illness and death, including 1 in 4 lung and breast cancer patients. Australia has […]

COPD research

COPD Research Researching COPD on a cellular level People living with COPD experience a progressive decline in lung function, even with current treatments and giving up smoking. They can also experience severe flare-ups, resulting in increased breathlessness and irreversible damage to their lungs. These flare-ups are often associated with lung infections due to viruses and […]

Early screening for lung cancer

Early screening for lung cancer Thousands of people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and as there are no symptoms during early stages it is difficult to detect. Doctors are starting a new clinical research program is using low dose CT scans to help detect early-stage lung cancer. The lung cancer screening program involves a […]

Exercise trial aimed at people with cystic fibrosis

Exercise trial aimed at people with cystic fibrosis Thanks to the Conquer CF scholarship program, PhD student Abbey Sawyer is leading the way in an exercise trial aimed at people with cystic fibrosis (CF). People living with CF not only have reduced exercise capacity but also have; a high daily treatment burden involving medication; nutritional supplementation and; […]

Fibrosis Research

Fibrosis Research Millions of people are affected by fibrosis each year, leading to disability and death. It affects many parts of the body, including the lung, heart, liver, brain and skin. Fibrosis is the thickening of connective tissue leading to scarring. Current treatments are limited in efficacy and there is a need to better understand the […]

Bacterial infection deadly for cystic fibrosis patients

Bacterial infection deadly for cystic fibrosis patients Through a partnership with Conquer Cystic Fibrosis, we have recently awarded funding to Dr Anna Tai who is part of the Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectisis Unit as well as a Respiratory Consultant for Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition where there is an abnormality of the […]

Lung regeneration

Lung regeneration Lung cancer if the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with thousands of people being treated each year. When diagnosed at an early stage, treatment can include the surgical removal of the tumour. If a large portion of the lung is also removed this has life-long consequences for a patient. We are seeking […]

Research Trial for Cancer Patients

Research Trial for Cancer Patient’s Our Clinical Director Professor Gary Lee and his team have been awarded a $100,000 Cancer Council WA Grant for a research trial into malignant pleural effusion. What is malignant pleural effusion? Malignant pleural effusion is the build up of fluid around the chest cavity causing breathlessness for some cancer patients. […]