Children's brain cancer trial's $5m boost

Kaitlyn Offer

Children with aggressive brain cancer will get access to life-saving treatment with a $5 million grant to roll out a trial nationally.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be in Melbourne on Monday to announce the funding for the Zero Childhood Cancer trial.

Australia's eight children's hospitals will be a part of the program, bringing together research to identify personalised therapies for children with high risk brain cancer.

Every child with high risk brain cancer, at diagnosis or relapse, will have their tumour undergo extensive genetic profiling and their tumour cells will be analysed to determine a response to anti-cancer drugs.

The $5 million will also allow for the staffing and research into developing routine immunoprofiling methods.

Zero Childhood Cancer started with a pilot study in late 2015 by the Children's Cancer Institute in Sydney and the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital.