3-D printed ribs and sternum gives cancer patient new lease on life

A Spanish cancer patient has had his sternum and rib cage replaced with a 3D printed titanium version in a world-first, thanks to Australian scientists.

The patient, a 54-year-old man, suffered from a chest wall sarcoma – a cancerous tumour that grew around his rib cage.

Prosthetics for this part of the chest are notoriously difficult due to the complex geometry.

The design and manufacture was carried out by by Melbourne-based medical device company Anatomics.

Science agency CSIRO has more details.

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