Cancer trial gives hope

Carol Abramo and oncologist Dr Daphne Tsoi at St John of God Hospital Subiaco at the Jack Bendat Cancer Centre. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d497813c
Carol Abramo and oncologist Dr Daphne Tsoi at St John of God Hospital Subiaco at the Jack Bendat Cancer Centre. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d497813c

AS a stage four metastatic breast cancer sufferer herself, 60-year-old Carol Abramo knows the importance of cancer research.

After responding well to a St John of God Subiaco Hospital clinical trial for cancer treatment, which is still under wraps, Carol Abramo was able to cycle 70km at the two-day MACA Cancer 200.

The annual event involves a 200km bike ride from Perth to Mandurah and back to raise vital funds for cancer research at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

The Wembley Downs resident was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and after two years of remission, received the devastating news it had spread.

Ms Abramo said when she was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer five years ago, her prognosis was “very poor.”

“But here I am now, alive and achieving things I never thought possible – this is thanks to research and a forward thinking medical team,” she said.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Oncologist Dr Daphne Tsoi, who has been treating Ms Abramo, said in cancer care it was essential every patient’s treatment was “personalised.”

“We have a large oncology research unit at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, which ensures our patients have access to the very latest advancements in clinical care,” she said.

“In 2018, Carol was incredibly weak and her health was deteriorating rapidly – participation in clinical trials has allowed Carol to enjoy a better and longer life,” she said.

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