JO'S STORY

Jo had to face the prospect of saying goodbye to her family – her beloved partner and children; Eryn, Jake, and five-year-old Matilda who would have to grow up without her mum.

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“Jo was so sick in hospital that the doctor pulled me aside and strongly suggested I call the family in to say goodbye.”

JO’S DIAGNOSIS

When Jo was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer in 2016, she knew she was in for the fight of her life.

During the next three years, as she faced round after round of gruelling treatment, cancer took over her family’s lives.

“Seeing doctors, visiting me in hospital, me having my special medicine – it all became normal to our little girl, Matilda”

“We went from, ‘We’re at the end of the road’ to ‘We can offer you these options now’ because they could target my treatment uniquely for me.”

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JO'S ELEVENTH-HOUR LIFELINE

Just when it looked like all hope was lost, Jo received an amazing lifeline.

It came from a laboratory equipped by ACRF for Professor Clare Scott and her team of unseen heroes, who analysed a biopsy of Jo’s tumour and identified the specific deletion driving her cancer. Possible treatments were then modelled in the laboratory and the scientists were able to use this information to recommend a personalised, targeted treatment for Jo.

Within just five weeks of starting her personalised cancer treatment, Jo was back on her feet.

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WHY DONATE TO ACRF THIS TAX TIME?

At ACRF, our mission is to outsmart cancer. We help provide the equipment and facilities Australia’s unseen research heroes need to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer in order to save more lives like Jo’s.

The power of collaboration

The incredible success of Jo’s treatment was brought about by the collaboration between researchers from several institutes, working together using specialised equipment needed to better understand cancer.

Next level personalised medicine

The establishment of new technologies through ACRF programs will help Professor Scott and her team take the next step in personalised medicine, enabling them to really understand the tumour micro-environment.

AUSTRALIA’S UNSEEN CANCER RESEARCH HEROES

PROFESSOR
CLARE SCOTT

In a laboratory equipped by ACRF, Professor Scott’s team analysed a sample of Jo’s tumour and identified the specific deletion in the BRCA2 gene responsible for Jo’s cancer. This enabled them to investigate options for a targeted therapy.

Researchers performed detailed tests in the laboratory using cells from Jo’s tumour to assess potential treatments and identify the therapy with the most effective results.

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Professor Clare Scott is Laboratory Head of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and Medical Oncologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Women’s Hospital

She is also a member of the ACRF Medical Research Advisory Committee and Chief Investigator of the ACRF program for resolving cancer complexity and therapeutic resistance.

Specialisation

Rare gynaecological cancers

Research focus

Personalised cancer therapies

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“Working with patients reminds me every day about what inspires me to do cancer research. That’s a constant drive to ask important questions that will make a difference – and to try to answer those questions.”

PROFESSOR CLARE SCOTT

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