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The Targeted Cancer Therapeutics Team at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) aren’t a big team. But the cancers they’re tackling, are. Cancers such as pancreatic cancer and triple negative breast cancer are just two of the cancers currently being investigated via the development and testing of innovative technologies which, they hope, will improve patient survival rates.
When adversity strikes, it can bring you to your knees. But if adversity strikes not once, but repeatedly, knocking you down again and again, you could be forgiven if you stayed down and never quite made it back up.
There’s a lot of work being conducted at the Medical Physics Unit. Despite this work spanning across seven different research areas, each with its own focus and specialty, the goal is essentially the same: to use clinical research to help improve radiation oncology treatment and consequently improve patient outcomes.
Sometimes the tiniest details can make all the difference. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Centre for Circulating Tumour Cell Diagnostics and Research (CCDR) where Associate Professor, Therese Becker and her team have been delving into blood samples, on a minute scale, with the aim of identifying personal cancer characteristics known as biomarkers.

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