Cure Cancer

Cure Cancer

Cancer research at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) has one goal – to improve survival rates for patients like Caboolture’s Vicki Baker and Cashmere’s Cassandra Davies.

RBWH Giving donations will go towards advancing patient care and life-saving research in alignment with RBWH's critical priorities.

Your donation could help RBWH become a world leader in immunotherapy treatments offering new hope to people diagnosed with blood cancer and assist that technology to be adapted to a broad range of cancers.

RBWH's Medical Oncology Research Unit is currently involved in 70 Clinical Trials, the Radiation Oncology Research Unit is involved in 33 Clinical Trials and the Haematology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is involved in 48 Clinical Trials.

Nguyen Dang

Three years ago, RBWH saved Nguyen's life.

Nguyen was undergoing a routine blood test with his GP when he was delivered a bombshell. He had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, and was only weeks from death without a bone marrow transplant.

Thankfully, with RBWH being home to the largest bone marrow transplant program in Australia, Nguyen was in great hands. Shortly after diagnosis,
 Nguyen underwent his bone marrow transplant.

Twelve months later, he received the long-awaited news the transplant had been successful! Nguyen is now in remission but has blood tests and check-ups at RBWH every two months.

Vicki Baker

Upper Caboolture primary school principal Vicki Baker was diagnosed with aggressive skull base cancer, not once, but twice. Invasive surgery to remove her cancer required almost half of Vicki’s face to be reconstructed.

Vicki was in great hands. Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Skull Base Service is a national leader, based on ten years of research and treatment developments which have doubled the survival rate for this complex cancer. It’s an area of research proudly supported by RBWH Foundation.

The Unit’s latest figures show an 88-90% survival rate at two years - effectively double the survival rate of a decade ago.

To achieve this however, patients need to go through very extensive surgery and radiotherapy, and sometimes chemotherapy. With sufficient funding, researchers hope to develop more advanced MR imaging to better inform surgeons during operations.

Cassandra Davies

When 40-year-old Cassandra was diagnosed with melanoma two years ago, her family’s world fell apart.

“I had two lumps on my spine, six under the arm and lumps near my spleen and pancreas.”

Just fifteen years ago, Cassandra would have been told there were no effective treatments for this deadly disease. Now, thanks to research-led breakthroughs in immunotherapy treatment, diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. Cassandra’s tumours have decreased in size and stabilised, and she is assisting RBWH in two different cancer research projects.

“It gives me peace of mind knowing this research is taking place, and that there are people trying to find treatments and cures.”

Did you know on any one day at RBWH Cancer Care Services?


patients receive chemotherapy


patients undergo day procedures


patients have radiation therapy


new patients are referred


people attend outpatients


patients are in hospital

Directly or indirectly, cancer affects us all.

At RBWH, we share in the hopes, emotions, setbacks and triumphs around cancer. We also see the courage of patients, their families and friends; and the ongoing commitment of our researchers, clinicians, nurses and support staff.

RBWH Foundation has been proud to support RBWH researchers and health care professionals across a wide range of tumour streams throughout our 35-year history.

Double your donation and double your impact. All donations will go towards RBWH critical priorities to advance patient care and life-saving research.

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