Research Saves Lives | Ivana's Story | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Research Saves Lives –

Ivana’s Story

As a medical advisor for a pharmaceutical company, Ivana knew more than most about  where to get the best treatment. But, when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, even she was unaware of the HIPEC (Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) clinical trial taking place at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

HIPEC is a new form of treatment, which directly injects the tumour with heated chemotherapy. This method reduces side effects and ensures a more targeted delivery meaning that only the tumour is treated and not the tissue surrounding the tumour.

Dr. Rhonda Farrell is leading the project at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and she is delighted with the results so far (as is Ivana). But, further research is needed to help determine exactly what is causing the success.

“We still don’t know whether it’s the heating of HIPEC itself, the direct contact of the tumour cells with the drug or a combination of both that is most effective,” says Dr. Farrell.


Why Your Support Matters

At Chris O’Brien Lifehouse we rely on the generosity of donors to fund our ongoing research. As a regular giver, you are helping fund more vital research, and enable more doctors, like Dr. Farrell, deliver more effective and personalised treatments.

By supporting Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, you’re not just helping to fund essential new research, you’re also supporting a centre where patients receive a holistic and patient centred approach to their treatment.

As well as receiving HIPEC, Ivana has also benefited from reflexology, practicing mindfulness and seeing a psychologist.

Thanks to you, and other like-minded donors, we are able to provide new treatment options and a holistic and patient-centred approach to people like Ivana.

Thank you on behalf of everyone at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse – you are helping us save lives and give people the best treatment possible.

Learn more about the other more research your ongoing support is helping fund at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

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