Collaborating for a cure

Local charity Hope4Cure Foundation and public hospital Calvary Mater Newcastle have joined forces in the quest for a cure for ovarian and gynecologial cancer. Following a $40,000 donation from Hope4Cure Foundation, Calvary Mater Newcastle launched a special research grant. Dr Jennette Sakoff, Chief Hospital Scientist Medical Oncology, Calvary Mater Newcastle, and her collaborator Prof Janice Aldrich-Wright from Western Sydney University, are the recipients of the inaugural Hope4Cure Grant Fund. They will pursue the development of new platinum-based molecules for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Sarah Frith, Co-Founder, Hope4Cure Foundation, said, “We are so pleased to be able to support local researchers make advancements in ovarian and gynaecological cancer. We are fortunate to have the unwavering support of the local community, who get behind our fundraisers.” Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. Each day in Australia, four women are diagnosed with the disease and three will die. One in 10 Australians know someone who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.