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    Research home > Beat Cancer Project > Creating one tablet to diagnose cancer and a second tablet to cure it

    Creating one tablet to diagnose cancer and a second tablet to cure it

    Dr Spomenka Simovic

    Advanced therapeutic strategies for oral administration of anticancer drugs

    Our research

    Cancer is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to cause approximately 110 deaths per day in Australia. One in two men will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, while for women, the probability of being diagnosed with cancer is approximately 1 in 3. This project aims to develop the concept of non-invasive early cancer diagnosis and targeted and non-invasive cancer treatment. The project explores advanced tablets comprised of engineered microdevices and nanoparticles and investigates how the biological environment affects their cancer diagnostic and therapeutic properties. 

    The project is a collaborative effort with the world leading University of California, San Francisco.

    What we aim to achieve

    Through a transdisciplinary alliance of photonics, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, cell biology and physiology, this new approach will enhance our understanding of, and offer solutions for the key challenging aims in cancer sciences today. The project will develop tablets for early cancer diagnosis and cancer therapy which enable cancer diagnosis and therapy to take place in the home rather than in the hospital environment, thus bringing benefits to patients and society through better patient-doctor collaboration, painless, non-traumatic, fast and cost-effective early cancer diagnosis and therapy.

    My vision is to create one tablet to diagnose cancer early and a second tablet to cure it.

    Our next steps and milestones

    Funding from Cancer Council SA’s donors  has been critical to my non-invasive cancer diagnosis and therapy research. The findings from the project will be utilised to develop advanced microfabricated tablets that will enable cancer diagnosis and therapy to take place in the home rather than in the hospital environment.

    What motivates me

    By researching cancer I learned that it only attacks good people. Fighting for good and being on the side of good is what makes life worth living.

    My message to supporters

    Non-invasive cancer therapy and diagnosis is a challenging task. To continue to develop in-depth scientific knowledge, it requires consistent financial support. This funding helped me to establish a foundation and advance my work towards microfabrication of tablets for early cancer diagnosis and therapy. That is why we are grateful to the generous supporters of Cancer Council SA, who provide this funding and allow us to do this work.



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