3D printing, surfing, Arterie and more – Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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With many exciting fundraising endeavours, technological developments, clinical trials and more in the pipeline, here’s where you may have seen us in the media recently:

  • Arterie has finally returned to the walls, wards and halls of Lifehouse. Arts minister Don Harwin popped by to relaunch the much-missed program, we had been temporarily suspend due to covid restrictions.
  • We’re very proud of CEO Eileen Hannagan, who has been named as one of the 20 most powerful people of the Inner West. She is among wonderful company and this is great recognition of the important role Chris O’Brien Lifehouse plays in the community.
  • We have been selected as one of three locations for a clinical trial for a breakthrough low-cost breast cancer detection blood test, beginning in March this year.
  • One of the advantages of being located in the Inner West is our proximity to other hospitals and clinics, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. We know this how much this assist patients, which is why we are so pleased to hear of plans for Bathurst to build a multi-million dollar integrated medical facility.
  • Lifehouse supporter Angela Miners was featured on 7NEWS Queensland, after walking 40km from Rockhamptom to Yeppon to raise money for brain cancer research. Phenomenal effort Angela!
  • We welcomed Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, for a tour of our YouCan centre. Minister Coulton is passionate about equitable access to cancer treatment and care close to home.
  • Orange Hospital was announced as the first site in the CARE NSW clinical trial of cannabis, which is led by Associate Professor Peter Grimison.
  • ANZUP held its 2020 Mini Annual Scientific Meeting. Associate Professor Peter Grimison featured in a discussion on trials in prostate cancer and germ cell tumours.
  • ANZUP’s Cancer Trials group ENZAMET trial was awarded the Trial of the Year and two other awards at the ACTA Virtual 2020 ceremony.
  • SurFebruary 2021 is well and truly in full swing. Founder Jenna-Lea Clark spoke reflectively to Mamamia, 9Honey and The Leader about her personal experience recovering from cervical cancer, and delved deeper into why she choose to start a fundraising event based around surfing  in Tracks Magazine, while one of our favourite fundraising superstars Xavier Neil is back raising funds with his Good X Karma soaps.
  • Our world-class, national-first laser sintering 3D printer was unveiled, in an exciting development for reconstructive treatment that requires implants. Professor Jonathan Clark spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about how it can improve outcomes for patients, while Professor Jonathan Clark and Associate Professor Natalka Suchowerska spoke to PH News about the $4 million tool.
  • Professor Micheal Boyer had the honour of presenting his important research on the efficacy of combination therapy for Lung Cancer at the Presidential Symposium of the 2020 World Conference on Lung Cancer. The research found that a combination of immunotherapy did not improve survival for people with metastatic non-small lung cancer and high PD-L1 expression. This was covered in the following medical publications:
    MedPage Today
    Targeted Oncology
    Pharma Live
    Medwire News
  • If you’re not aware of the wonderful resource for women; PinkHope – it helps to assess, manage and reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. We highly recommend jumping over to their site, where many of our surgeons and clinicians have provided valuable insight, including:
    – Dr Sanjeev Kumar: on the importance of targeted personalised treatment in cancer care, and how to utilise both traditional and integrative medicine in your cancer treatment.
    – Dr Toni Lindsay on how to seek out joy after a cancer diagnosis.
    – Dr Rhonda Farrell helped explain how doctors determine if you have ovarian cancer.
    – Dr Judith Lacey on the crucial links between diet and cancer.
    – Associate Professor Sam Saidi gave a great explainer on CA125 and what it means for ovarian cancer sufferers.
    – Why a gynae-oncologist might suggest you have your ovaries removes.
    – and how one letter led to this Lifehouse patient’s preventative double mastectomy.
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