(L-R): Jessa Morales, Anna Samolej, Joanne Chuah, Stephen Mokaya, Anthea Ng, Jun Cai, Arrielle Hope and Palita Somsri.
Treating cancer is an all-consuming journey not only for the patient but for their entire family. From the initial diagnosis to when the patient celebrates the end of treatment, the team caring for each patient is holistic and personal.
The team in the Cancer Centre for Children (CCFC) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead involves multi-disciplinary care for each patient and can include acute care, bone marrow transplantation, nuero-oncology service, radiation, psychological support and clinical research.
Clinical Research Manager, Anthea Ng, is a part of a team of eight Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) from the CCFC and has worked at the Hospital for the past 10 years. Although a patient may not see Anthea and her team in the day-to-day clinic work, Anthea’s team are working hard in the background driven by the sole purpose of researching promising treatments and new therapies to provide the best cancer treatment for children in NSW.
In the last five years, some team highlights include doubling the number of patients enrolled on a clinical trial, and tripled the number of new studies opened each year. There are currently close to 80 clinical trials within CCFC.
Anthea is passionate about her role and what it means for the future of cancer treatments for kids.
“Our aim for the future is to ensure we have a clinical trial open for every type of childhood cancer at the CFFC. This means taking what the scientists develop in the laboratory and translating that into the clinical (human) setting. In the next few years we want to help improve survival rates for all cancer types, in particular brain tumours. In the leukaemia/lymphoma field, immunotherapy is the way of the future and this area will continue to develop over the next 5 to 10 years,” said Anthea.
“In order to manage this increase in activity our team continues to grow, and it is with the help of fantastic events such as Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk, the money raised directly contributes helping my team continue to find the best treatments for cancer,” said Anthea.