Donate now and help save lives

Donate now and help save lives

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Meet Elaine

Elaine was just 25 years old when cancer first entered her life. Her mum, Shirley, was diagnosed with bowel cancer and given just months to live. 

After some screening tests, Elaine discovered that she and her brothers, Alan and Peter, and her younger sister Julie, also had the gene that caused the cancer that killed their mother. 

Sadly, despite having preventative surgery, the cancer took Alan and Peter’s lives. Then, Elaine was diagnosed with it too.

“I was in my mid-forties when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. After extensive surgery, doctors attacked the cancer with radiation and chemotherapy. I was given a 50 per cent chance of surviving five more years.”  

Incredibly, 20 years later Elaine is healthy, strong and determined to do what she can to stop bowel cancer impacting other families. She is now part of the consumer buddy program at the Institute that connects researchers with people who have been impacted by a disease. Elaine works with Associate Professor Oliver Sieber, one of our leading bowel cancer researchers.

Organoids – a personalised approach to cancer therapy

Associate Professor Sieber and his team are growing organoids, which are miniature tumours grown from tissue taken from patients’ tumours.

They are the size of a grain of sand and behave just like the original cancer. Organoids are ideal for testing which drugs or combinations of drugs are the most effective treatment for individual patients. 

Illustration of organoids treatment process


This ground-breaking research will allow researchers and doctors to create personalised treatments that will potentially increase survival rates for bowel cancer patients. Every dollar raised will help our researchers better understand the genetic changes that lead to bowel cancer and how the disease responds to different types of therapy. 

With your help, we can advance these promising techniques for treating bowel cancer and, in the future, improve and save patients’ lives.

Please donate today.



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