Sarcoma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that grows in the bone, muscle, cartilage, fat and connective tissue. Sarcoma typically effects adolescents and young adults. Often these patients are still at school or university, starting their careers or thinking about having a family.
Due to its severity, treatment for sarcoma can ravage the body. Radical surgery is often required, including in some cases amputation of the affected limbs.
A young person diagnosed with sarcoma faces profound loss of function, ability and independence, at a pivotal time in their lives.
In great news for the sarcoma department and our patients, the Federal Government has given Chris O’Brien Lifehouse $6 million to be put toward our Comprehensive Sarcoma Centre. The grant was officially announced at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse by NSW Senator and cancer survivor Arthur Sinodinos.
We are grateful for this funding, which will enable us to purchase a 3D titanium printer for the creation of customized titanium implants, as well as a haptic robot that performs surgery to a 1mm degree of accuracy.
“The grant will make it possible to replace complex segments of bone with custom-made, perfectly matched metallic components,” said Associate Professor Paul Stalley, orthopaedic surgeon specializing in bone and soft tissue tumours. “In many instances it will allow us to avoid horrific procedures such as hind quarter amputations, enabling patients to have a near-normal life post-surgery.”
Philanthropy has enabled the vital strides made in sarcoma treatment to date, progress that we demonstrated to make the application for this grant a success.