Brain cancer research

Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease, with only two in 10 patients surviving this insidious disease for more than five years.

Alarmingly, survival rates for brain cancer have barely improved in more than 30 years. This is why we are committed to funding research into better treatments and care.

With your support, we are investing $10 million over the next five years to accelerate the development of new treatments, and ultimately, help save the lives of children diagnosed with brain cancer.

Through generous donations from supporters, the Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research will  implement a comprehensive and cohesive program of research. This research will aim to make significant advances in understanding child and adolescent brain cancer and will translate findings into faster diagnoses, better treatment options and better survivorship outcomes for brain cancer patients.

We need your help to fund research to improve and save the lives of children diagnosed with brain cancer.

How you can help children diagnosed with brain cancer

Slater's story

Bianca wishes someone could take away her son’s brain cancer.

Since being diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 17 months old, Slater has had two surgeries, followed by many difficult months of recovery.

“Slater is just the toughest little boy. And he has handled the most horrific situation amazingly,” Bianca says.

“He would get, of course, scared and upset, but once something’s over, he’s back to smiling and happy again.”

Bianca couldn’t hold her son for six weeks after his surgery.

He has gone through chemotherapy and radiation, leaving him with terrible third degree burns behind his ears. He has had to learn how to walk, to talk, and even to swallow once more. Even today, he is still fed via a tube.

It’s a harrowing experience for a parent, and unimaginable for such a little boy to go through, yet Slater keeps fighting — and he keeps winning hearts.

“Every single person at the children’s hospital has been absolutely amazing. It’s beautiful to watch them fall in love with Slater. You see the point where they just melt, because he’s the most special little boy.”

“But, unless something changes, he’s not going to make it.”

Sadly, Bianca has to face the reality that her son may only have a 20 per cent chance of surviving past his 7th birthday.

No parent should have to be faced with such terrible odds.

No child should have to face the daily battle Slater faces.

Bianca’s only wish is that Slater’s cancer stays stable.

Our wish is that we can find a way to save his life. Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease. Only by raising funds for research, treatment and care, do we stand any chance of stopping it.

Slater’s Oncologist Dr Hassall believes that ‘there is no quick fix” when it comes to cancer research. However, greater understanding of the tumour subgroups and new medications could lead to better outcomes.

“Over the last 10 years we’ve looked at different ways to approach treatment, changing when we give radiation, adding oral drugs, understanding the different tumour types. Genetic research is allowing us to do more biological work on tumour types,” he explains.

“We are learning more about tumours at a genetic level. Hopefully that will lead to more effective treatments.”

The Children’s Hospital Foundation is committed to funding brain cancer research through the newly established Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research.

Slater is just one of nearly 50 children treated for brain cancer at the Queensland Children’s Hospital each year. His time is precious, which is why we must act fast.