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Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation

Since Arrow's conception in 1987, medical research has paved the way to major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of leukaemia and a variety of non-malignant diseases treatable by bone marrow and stem cell therapies. Although a growing number of Australians are receiving bone marrow and stem cell transplants - the good news is that mortality rates are falling.

Arrow is dedicated to funding promising medical research projects and supporting patients with a range of support services both during and after treatment.

Gene Research

Arrow provides funding for a research scientist within the Blood Stem Cell and Cancer Research Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. Current research focuses on a newly discovered "gene switch" that regulates cell death in cancer.

Searching for Medical Breakthroughs

Through our scholarship program, Arrow supports PhD students from all over Australia to assist with their leukaemia and stem cell research projects. Current research includes leukaemia and also the use of stem cells to treat Type 1 Diabetes.

Towards a Cure

MicroRNAs are recently discovered small regulatory genes which can contribute to the development of leukaemia and other cancers. Arrow funded medical research has pinpointed several microRNAs that may potentially work as new disease markers and therapeutic targets for customised treatment.

New Transplant Ward at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

Arrow has been given the opportunity to raise funds for a new bone marrow transplant ward. Arrow aims to contribute $300,000 towards the $5.5 million needed for development, and this $300,000 will completely fit out one of the sixteen single patient rooms.

In 1975, St Vincent’s Hospital was the first hospital in Australia to perform an adult bone marrow transplant, but today lacks a ward appropriate for the care of these transplant patients. A bone marrow transplant offers the best chance of surviving many life threatening blood diseases such as leukaemia, but patients often face serious complications associated with the treatment.

With the transmission of infectious agents being one of the main complications associated with the transplant process, the new transplant ward has been designed to protect transplant patients through the use of negative pressure rooms to reduce transmission of airborne disease. A single room helps prevent direct or indirect contact transmission, or droplet transmission of potentially life threatening infection.

We now have the opportunity to provide patients with the right environment to regain their strength and recover as quickly as possible.

Work cannot commence until the funds are raised, which we hope will be within two years.

Internet Telehealth - The Way of the Future?

Patients surviving after transplant are at significant risk of poor physical and psychological functioning and chronic illnesses. The Arrow funded telehealth treatment trial aims to improve the wellbeing and prevent transplant-related complications of transplant survivors. Telecommunication technology is used to deliver a combined physical exercise and stress management skill to patients at home to better meet patient needs without unduly increasing cost, time and travel burdens.

Life after Transplant

Arrow has part funded the Cancer After Stem cell Transplantation (CAST) study undertaken by the Australasian Bone Marrow Recipient Registry (ABMTRR) and the Children's Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) to link a collection of transplant risk factor data for unbiased estimates of the incidence and risk factors for survival and new malignancies for recipients of certain types of stem cell transplants.

Wigs for Cancer Patients

Hair loss is often one of the most emotionally distressing side effects of chemotherapy. Arrow's Tracey Scone Wig Library offers cancer patients the opportunity to borrow a wig completely free of charge for the duration of treatment.

Help with Travel Costs

Arrow offers financial assistance to patients, carers and bone marrow donors experiencing difficulties meeting the cost of travel for transplant and post transplant treatment.

A Home Away from Home

Arrow has fully funded the refurbishment of Arrow House for patients undergoing treatment, and their families and carers. Arrow House is located in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Education for Nurses

Each year, Arrow offers nursing scholarships to nurses employed in the field of blood and marrow transplantation and paediatric oncology.

Information for Patients and Carers

Arrow supports patients and carers by providing patient information seminars and comprehensive guides on the transplant process. These valuable sources of information give patients considering a transplant the opportunity to make informed decisions and an idea of what the transplant process involves.

Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation Offices

Robyn Flood
02 8382 2698

16 Leichhardt St, Darlinghurst
New South Wales, 2010

ABN: 42 135 196 244