Neurosurgeon Dr Sarah Olson has never been afraid of a challenge, so it’s no surprise she’ll be taking on the Bridge to Brisbane this year with a big motivation.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital surgeon, who witnesses the devastating effects of brain cancer every day, is raising money for research supported by the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
Dr Olson said she had always been determined to do more for her patients at Princess Alexandra Hospital and other centres in Brisbane.
“Brain cancer is a very difficult challenge,” she said. “It has always bothered me that… the best surgery in the world is often not enough to save our patients. That’s why I have joined a charity and am working with my colleagues to address how we really get ahead in Brisbane to improve outcomes... and stop the tumours from recurring."
Cure Brain Cancer has a world class research board, who are very supportive of Dr Olson’s work in Brisbane. They have begun what will be potentially the biggest brain tumour tissue bank in the world, receiving samples from six hospitals in Brisbane.
“Without the tissue research it can’t be done so this is a major achievement,” she said. “For me the most interesting projects involve genomic sequencing and looking at a pan cancer approach to brain and pitutiary tumours so we can do better in those patients with recurring pituitary tumours.”
In August, Dr Olson will tackle the Bridge to Brisbane alongside nephew Jacob Synnott and children from Greenslopes State School.
You can support their cause by visiting www.curebraincancer.org.au/page/116/dr-sarah-olson
Photo: Chris McCormack from the City South News/Courier Mail