Ted and Mollie Carr & Estate of Ernest Davis grant has been awarded to Professor Peter Shepherd and Dr Khanh Tran, Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre and the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Auckland.


Professor Peter Shepherd and his team at the University of Auckland, have been awarded $50,000 for a second year to study a form of colorectal cancer which is difficult to treat normally. A drug combination used to treat melonoma will be trialed in the laboratory as a pre-clinical experiment to determine if there is any tumour response using the drugs vemurafenib and axitinib.


GCF has funded Dr Amanda Ashley and her team at Auckland Hospital,three patients to go onto this valuable trial to the value of $23,741.

ACTICCA-1 is a randomised, controlled, two stage, multicentre Phase III trial comparing gemcitabine+ cisplatin with standard of care (capecitabine) after curative intent resection of cholangiocarcinoma and muscle invasive gallbladder carcinoma. Cholangiocarcinoma is diagnosed in approximately 80 people every year in New Zealand. In half of these people curative intent treatment with surgery is possible. Following this surgery however, only 20-30% of people survive 5 years. This long term survival can be increase by giving chemotherapy after the surgery and the current standard is capecitabine. In this trial patients will receive either cisplatin and gemcitabine or capecitabine alone following their surgery. The aim is to find out if giving cisplatin and gemcitabine can improve the outcomes for these patients.

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