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Our Story

About us

The Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA is a Western Australian clinical research and treatment centre for women and men with breast cancer.

new bcrc-wa centre at hollywood hospital

Our New Centre

Consolidating our reputation as a global leader in breast cancer advancements, BCRC-WA will open a world-class integrated breast cancer research, treatment and patient support service centre in Perth by the end of 2019.

Discover our centre


One of BCRC-WA’s goals is to provide education for patients to help them understand and manage their condition and treatment. Some of our education initiatives include:

Chemo Wise

Information sessions for patients about to commence chemotherapy

Four woman at PYNKS


A support group for women and men with metastatic (advanced) breast cancer

GP support

We hold various forums throughout the year to support GPs and to provide evidence based quality health care in relation to breast disease.

Pioneering Breast Cancer Oncologist Professor Arlene Chan

Professor Chan was recognised for her expertise in the field of breast cancer when she was named Western Australian of the Year in the Professions Division in June 2016.

She was also made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australian in 2018 for her significant services to medicine and breast disease.

Professor Chan is a breast cancer specific oncologist and the founder of BCRC-WA. Her driving focus has always been the needs of breast cancer patients and their families. She has authored more than 100 publications and is renowned worldwide for her pioneering work in the field of breast cancer research.

With her team through clinical research, she has made many exciting discoveries in the treatment of breast cancer, resulting in prolonged life for many patients and some even being cured. As a result, BCRC-WA is looked to globally as a leader in breast cancer research.

Through the generosity of the WA community that donates, Prof Chan is able to conduct novel, niche trials that many others lack the capacity or the interest for.

She has worked with the best in Australia and the world; brilliant surgeons, the best radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, nurses, geneticists, psychologists, radiologists.