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Cancer Research is vital in the fight against cancer. It helps build our knowledge and understanding of cancer so that we are continually improving ways of detecting and diagnosing cancer, and developing more targeted cancer treatments to improved patient care


A National Particle Treatment and Research Centre is proposed for the Westmead Precinct. Particle therapy uses proton or carbon ions instead of photons to treat cancer.

The first proton therapy centre in Australia is in the early stages of construction in Adelaide and is the only centre funded so far.  The centre proposed for the Westmead precinct will be unique in Australia, including carbon ion therapy as well as protons, with only 12 other facilities like this in operation around the world.

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Particle Therapy

IMG_9565Clinical Trial Units of the Sydney West Cancer Network conduct important research into new medicines and treatments and new ways to use current treatments. Clinical trials increase our knowledge about cancer and help in the search for better outcomes for patients and families.

Participating in a clinical trial is always rewarding as the patient will make a contribution to the development of better and more successful treatments for future cancer sufferers.





Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre:  A groundbreaking new $6.5 million cancer research centre was established in western Sydney in 2011 to drive improvements in patient care.

The Sydney-West Translational Cancer Research Centre (TCRC) has put the west of Sydney on the map as a hub  for world-class cancer research, improving the links between research and clinical care.



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Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, located at Westmead Millennium Institute,

Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (WICR) conducts research into the molecular and cellular basis of human cancer (breast cancer, melanoma and other skin cancers, ovarian cancer and bowel cancer) and leukaemia. The research of WICR is focused on understanding cell growth, cell defences against cancer-causing DNA toxins, immunological defence against cancer, the relationships between viruses and cancer, and the genetic foundations of the disease.


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