The Zero Childhood Cancer Program
In September 2015, Children’s Cancer Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network were proud to announce one of the most exciting initiatives ever undertaken in Australia to tackle the most serious cases of infant, childhood and adolescent cancer – to be known as ‘Zero Childhood Cancer’. Zero Childhood Cancer is an initiative of Children’s Cancer Institute and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. The program will be led by scientists and clinicians from Children’s Cancer Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and is one of the most exciting childhood cancer research initiatives ever undertaken in Australia, to tackle the most serious cases of infant, childhood and adolescent cancer.
- In Australia, every year, more than 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. Every week, nearly 3 children and adolescents will die from cancer.
- Despite the dramatic increase in childhood cancer survival rates over the last sixty years, from virtually 0% to 80%, nearly three Australian children and adolescents still die each week of cancer.
- Of the 950 children diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia, 150 are either diagnosed with cancer types that have less than a 30% survival rate, or suffer relapse and then have less than a 30% chance of cure.
- It is these children – including those suffering from the most aggressive forms of childhood brain tumours, sarcomas, infant leukaemias and neuroblastomas – who will benefit from the Zero Childhood Cancer Program.
- In the first stage of the Program, researchers and doctors will open a pilot study to high risk NSW cancer patients in 2016. Following successful completion of the pilot study, a national clinical trial involving 120 children will open in 2017.
It is anticipated that total funding required for the Zero Childhood Cancer Program over the next six years will be more than $50 million. Initial funding has been received from the Federal government-funded Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) and also capital funding from the NSW state government. In addition, support has been provided by funding partners including:
- Australian Cancer Research Foundation
- Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
- The Kids Cancer Project and The University of New South Wales, Australia
- The Rory Williams Fund
- Robert Connor Dawes Foundation
- Lions Club International Foundation
- The Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation
- Tour De Cure.
Our research and clinical partners, collaborators and stakeholders include:
- Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW Westmead
- Children’s Hospital, NSW
- John Hunter Children’s Hospital, NSW
- Kid’s Research Institute, NSW
- Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, NSW
- Children’s Cancer Centre, The Royal Children’s Hospital, VIC
- Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, VIC
- The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC
- Women’s and Children’s Hospital, SA
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, SA
- Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, QLD
- University of Queensland, Diamantina Institute, QLD
- Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, WA
- Telethon Kids Institute, WA
- Centre for Childhood Cancer Research, Telethon Kids Institute, WA
- Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA
- DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center), Heidelberg, Germany
- Kids Cancer Alliance
- Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group