Each year 14,000 Queenslanders are newly diagnosed with cancer. Mater Adult Hospital and Mater Private Hospital provide exceptional care for 3,000 of these newly diagnosed patients annually.
Caring for people with cancer has been a focus for the Mater hospitals since Queensland’s first X-ray therapy machine was installed in the Mater Public Hospital in 1928.
Today, Mater provides exceptional care to cancer patients and also conducts vital research into new ways to diagnose, treat, and where possible, cure, cancer patients. Mater has a special, collaborative approach to the treatment of cancer, promoting strong partnerships between scientists and doctors to ensure our patients are the first to benefit from new advances in treatment.
The Mater Medical Research Institute
Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI) is an internationally recognised leader in medical research. MMRI’s mission is to discover ways to prevent and treat conditions affecting babies, children, adolescents and adults, helping them to lead healthy lives.
MMRI conducts outstanding research over a range of study areas including a strong focus on cancer and other life-threatening and debilitating disease such as diabetes; these areas are amalgamated into four research themes:
- Understanding and preventing disease
- Improving treatment of disease
- Mothers’ and babies health
- Healthy development
- Heart attack
MMRI commenced operation in 1998 with ten staff, since then it has experienced significant growth, creating an internationally competitive institute with many original programs attracting top scientists from around the globe.
MMRI scientists are looking into a number of cancers including prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, leukaemia and melanoma.
For more information on the important research done by MMRI visit the Mater Research website and Mater hospitals website.