The drug, currently called EBC-46, was discovered in the seeds of the blushwood rainforest tree, which can only be found in the rainforests of North Queensland. Now, drug firm QBiotics wants to use the treatment in a human trial.

 The testing has been taking place at a laboratory in Yungabarra, which Cairns.com noted is becoming an important lab in both scientific and medical circles, despite its small size.

Writing for Kansas City, Carolyn Langlie-Lesnik spoke of her reliance on a drug which is derived from a tree found in certain parts of Asia. She said she is cancer free "in large part" because of the treatment, irinotecan, which comes from a rare tree only found in China and Tibet.