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Our History

Explore our journey through time, milestones, and continuing dedication.

Before BCRC-WA

From 2001 to 2009, Professor Arlene Chan initiated clinical trials in collaboration with the Mount Hospital.

Breast Cancer Trials Unit

Originally born out of the Clinical Trials Unit while operating from the Mount Hospital, the specialized Breast Cancer Trials Unit (BCTU) was dedicated to advancing breast cancer research through clinical trials, pioneering innovative treatments, and providing hope for patients through cutting-edge therapies.

The BCTU staff, employed by Mount, was financially supported through income generated from Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials.

BCRC-WA Established

Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA was established as a not-for profit, registered charitable organisation. This allowed us to direct donations to research, support and education programs for our patients and their families.

BCTU was integrated into BCRC-WA from 2009, solidifying our dedication to advancing breast cancer research via clinical trials, pioneering innovative treatments, and offering cutting-edge therapies to instill hope in patients. This consolidation further reinforced our commitment to providing a holistic approach in the treatment of both male and female breast cancer patients, pooling our expertise and resources.

New Home at Hollywood Hospital

In 2016, the Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA (BCRC-WA) achieved a significant milestone by moving its operations from the Mount Hospital to Hollywood Hospital.

Incorporating PBCI

In 2020, the Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA (BCRC-WA) embarked on an exciting new chapter by relocating to the Hollywood Consulting Centre within Hollywood Hospital. This move marked a significant upgrade in our facilities, enabling us to better serve breast cancer patients, conduct cutting-edge research, and offer comprehensive support.

Moreover, we proudly welcomed the establishment of the Perth Breast Cancer Institute into BCRC-WA. This union not only expanded our research capabilities but also allowed us to provide a holistic approach to breast cancer care, offering patients access to research, support, and clinical care all under one roof. This milestone reinforced our commitment to improving the lives of those affected by breast cancer through a multidimensional approach to treatment and care.

Our organisation is a Western Australian first and has the backing of Ramsay Health Care and Hollywood Private Hospital.

A Beacon of Hope

Today, BCRC-WA stands as a beacon of hope for those impacted by breast cancer. With unwavering dedication, passionate researchers, and the support of our community, we are at the forefront of breast cancer research and care.

Together Towards a Cure

Our journey is far from over. BCRC-WA is committed to pushing the boundaries of breast cancer research, supporting patients every step fo the way, and working tirelessly until breast cancer is a thing of the past.

Join us in our mission to make breast cancer history.

Professor Arlene Chan

Pioneering Breast Cancer Oncologist

Professor Arlene Chan, a distinguished breast cancer oncologist, envisioned BCRC-WA to provide exceptional care for breast cancer patients. With over 200 publications, she’s a global authority in breast cancer research. Her driving focus has always been the needs of breast cancer patients and their families.

In 2016, she earned the Western Australian of the Year title for her expertise. In 2018, she was honored as a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to medicine and breast cancer treatment.

Supported by a dedicated team, she conducts cutting-edge trials and collaborates with experts globally, thanks to generous community donations.

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