Leading cancer researchers are being poached from overseas to conduct human trials in New South Wales for a drug that could help thousands.
The first study is about to commence to test a drug designed to not only cure cancer but hopefully end chronic disease for tens of thousands of people across the state.
Senior lecturer at the University of NSW, Dr Mark Polizzotto, said the aim of the trial is to find real cure-alls for some of our worst illnesses.
"The goal is to have really curative treatments first time, every time,” Dr Polizzotto told 7 News.
At the very least, researchers expect cancer will transform from a fatal illness, to just another condition some people manage.
"Cancer will become a chronic disease where I've heard many researchers say you'll die with cancer, but not necessarily of it," New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner told 7 News.
The state government is providing $39 million in grants for a raft of studies, with the first to attack cancers in one of the most vulnerable groups - people with HIV.
Of the 53,000 Australians living with HIV, almost half reside in New South Wales.
"We know that people living with HIV are at risk of a whole range of cancers, neck and throat cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer," Lance Feeney from Positive Life NSW tsaid.
Human trials are set to begin within a few months, involving two groups of about a dozen each.
The first group will receive tablets to treat pre-cancerous lesions and the second group will get infusions of drugs to treat cancers related to their HIV.
Each will run for about a year and the researchers have high hopes for the results.
"I very much hope to see a cure for cancer in our lifetime," Dr Polizzotto said.
As well as curing a range of cancers with new immune system-boosting medicines, they hope to also find a cure for HIV itself.
Newsbreak – May 31