PNET5 clinical trial

PNET5 clinical trial

PNET5 aims to prove that children who are diagnosed with a lower risk medulloblastoma would benefit from less aggressive treatment regimens, and that those with standard risk medulloblastoma could benefit from a different treatment regimen resulting in fewer side effects, without any negative impact on length of survival. Kinder, less aggressive treatments will drastically improve quality of life for these children; reducing the time spent unwell from treatment, reducing time in hospital and, critically, reducing the risk of long-term disabilities.

In order to establish whether a child has a lower or standard risk medulloblastoma, The Brain Tumour Charity has committed to pay for all children diagnosed with a medulloblastoma in the UK to receive biomarker testing. This is the first time biomarker testing will be routine for those diagnosed with a brain tumour and we hope it will prove how valuable it is, with a view that biomarker testing becomes standard across all brain tumour types.

The biomarker tests, developed by Professor Steve Clifford, will identify which subtype of medulloblastoma each child has. Those classified as standard or lower risk will be eligible to join the PNET5 trial and benefit from a more tailored, appropriate treatment level.

Research and clinical trials are expensive. We’re raising money to fund the biomarker testing element of the PNET5 clinical trial and have already allocated £75,000 to this over the next 3 years. The biomarker testing in PNET5 alone costs £2,000 per child. That’s why, whether you can spare £2, £20 or £200, every pound is important to us – it all adds up.

To give you an idea of how your donation to the PNET5 clinical trial could be spent, here’s a breakdown of some of the costs for biomarker testing – a series of tests that allow scientists to accurately diagnosis the type of medulloblastoma each child has:

£10 will pay for an antibody test (to identify how the immune system is responding)
£60 will pay for a genetic test to assess the MYC gene (a gene that plays a role in cell growth, division and change)
£350 will pay for a DNA methylation array (a test) to assess the molecular subgroup of a tumour
£500 will pay for the mutation status of critical medulloblastoma genes to be assessed
£2,000 will pay for a full molecular diagnostic analysis on a single medulloblastoma tumour

Please donate whatever you can to the PNET5 trial today or set up a regular donation to provide ongoing support. Together, we’ll make sure that every child diagnosed with a medulloblastoma has a brighter future.

Marie Hughes, CEO and founder OSCAR’s PBTC: I am so proud that we are able to part-fund the Biomarker testing in the UK part of this European trial. Working with The Brain Tumour Charity gives me confidence that our funds are being put to optimum use. After watching Oscar go through devastating treatment for medulloblastoma and then losing him, it is imperative for me to fund this kind of research, and an honour to be part of changing how other children will go through treatments in the future. Oscar would be so proud of all the work being done in his name.