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About Us


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

Our focus on providing evidence-based treatment for breast cancer is aimed at increasing survival rates and prolonging life.  As a clinician-founded and driven organisation, we have created a centre of excellence that brings together the expertise of Medical Oncologists, Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Breast Physicians, Breast Nurses and other healthcare professionals for the care of women and men with breast cancer.

Established in 2009 under the stewardship of Professor Arlene Chan and Dr Peter Willsher, we are a charitable organisation undertaking high-quality research and the development of patient-centred support programs. BCRC-WA is led by a Board of Directors, with Carmelo Arto, our Chief Executive Officer, being ably supported by the leadership team and staff.

Professor Chan was named the 2016 Western Australian of the Year in the Professions category for her pioneering work in breast cancer. She was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to breast cancer research in 2018, for her work over the past 20 years to improve the lives of more than 4,500 breast cancer patients and their families.

Many of the clinical trials Professor Chan oversees at BCRC-WA have been part of the international collaboration of trials which have ultimately led to new drug discoveries in the treatment of breast cancer, resulting in increased cure rates and significantly prolonging life for many patients. As a result, BCRC-WA is known globally as a significant contributor in breast cancer research.

BCRC-WA is a not-for-profit, registered charitable organisation (Licence CC 21750) where donations are directed to research, support and education programs and provision of services benefiting our patients and their families. We are extremely proud of the fact that funds received provide important resources and support.

Located at Hollywood Private Hospital, we are proudly a Western Australian organisation.

Research and Treatment

As our name suggests, Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA conducts research into breast cancer treatment and support. Our research informs and underpins the treatment we provide to our patients.

BCRC-WA is unique in the breast cancer space.  We provide patients with the benefit of access to international drug treatment trials and participation in patient-focused research aimed to minimise treatment side effects and better understand the biology of breast cancer. In addition, our specialists and allied health staff provide evidence-based care to patients. All our efforts work together, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes for patients.

Our research is conducted by the Oncology and Surgical Specialists and carried out through the hard work and commitment of our Breast Clinical Trials Unit.

Our Breast Clinical Trials Unit, which is arguably the busiest breast cancer unit in Australia given the number of staff and number of patients seen, runs 20 to 30 clinical trials at any one time. A facility with a treatment base and trials unit of this size is unique in Australia. At least 17 of the international trials that we have been a major contributor to, have led to enhanced breast cancer treatment world-wide.

Clinical trials are the only way to discover which new approaches to cancer treatments will work better than existing ones. Patients who are eligible to enter our trials, do so in the knowledge that aspects of the trial-directed treatment is provided to them free of charge.

We aim to find new and  better treatments and make them available to patients through our clinical trials, furthering the global knowledge of breast cancer and its treatment.

Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA incorporating Perth Breast Cancer Institute

Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA incorporating Perth Breast Cancer Institute (PBCI) is located on level 4 of Hollywood Consulting Centre situated in the grounds of Hollywood Private Hospital.

This new centre aims to meet the needs of patients diagnosed with breast cancer by addressing all aspects of treatments, as well as supporting each patient and their family through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. There is access to clinical trials for both early and metastatic breast cancer and a broad range of support services, including clinical psychology and genetic counselling.

The approach will be to connect each patient with a care coordinator, who will help manage their treatment journey, linking each patient with the necessary support services, whilst also providing support to husbands, partners and children. This will allow the patient to concentrate on the treatment and recovery process, ensuring they receive the best evidence-based management possible.

PBCI encompasses research, treatment and support services all under the one roof.

PBCI has on-site Medical Oncologists, Breast Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Reconstructive Surgeons, Breast Clinic, Breast Clinical Trials Unit, Breast Care Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Genetic Counselling and Radiology.

The location of all these services in one building greatly benefit patients and their loved ones by reducing travel times and the associated stress that can be caused by having to manage multiple appointments. The different treatments needed for individual patients will be personalised and patients will be guided through the phases of their care.

The PBCI is the realisation of many years’ work and will help us continue to reshape the future of breast cancer. It is a Western Australian first and has the backing of Ramsay Health Care and Hollywood Private Hospital, offering world class treatment, care and support to breast cancer patients and their families.

Find us at our new location from the 17 August 2020 at Suites 404-407, Level 4, Hollywood Consulting Centre, 91 Monash Ave Nedlands 6009.

For more information visit our page on the Perth Breast Cancer Institute.


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

  • Chemo Wise – information sessions for patients preparing to commence chemotherapy
  • PYNKS – a support group for women and men with metastatic (advanced) breast cancer

Pioneering Breast Cancer Oncologist, Professor Arlene Chan

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

She was also made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018 for her significant services to medicine and breast cancer treatment.

Professor Chan is a breast cancer specific oncologist who first had the vision of BCRC-WA bringing world-class coordinated care to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. Her driving focus has always been the needs of breast cancer patients and their families. She has authored more than 200 publications and is renowned worldwide for her work in the field of breast cancer research.

She is supported by a team of dedicated nurses and clinical research staff where new treatments are evaluated through clinical trials to women and men in WA.

Through the generous donations of the WA community, Professor Chan is able to conduct novel, patient-focused trials that address the real issues important to those diagnosed with the disease. Further, the donations enable her to collaborate with scientists based at Curtin University and from other Australian and international breast cancer centres, to better understand the causes of breast cancer and identify better ways of treating the disease.

She has been privileged to have worked with some of the best breast cancer clinicians and Scientist in Australia and abroad.