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About Us

About BCRC-WA

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

About Us

The Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA (BCRC-WA) is a Western Australian clinical research and treatment centre for women and men with breast cancer. Our ground breaking work into the causes and treatment of breast cancer is increasing survival rates.

As a clinician driven and founded organisation, we’ve created a centre of excellence that brings together the expertise of oncologists, surgeons, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals for the care of women and men with breast cancer.

Established in 2009, by medical oncologist Professor Arlene Chan, our aim is to:

• Provide the best treatment
• Undertake high-quality research (via our clinical trials)
• Provide additional care and support to individuals with breast cancer and their families
• Deliver broad based education to benefit patients, their families, GPs and the wider community

Prof Chan, who was named the 2016 Western Australian of the Year in the Professions category for her pioneering work in breast cancer, and was awarded an Order of Australian for her services to breast cancer research, has been driven over the past 20 years to improve the lives of breast cancer patients and their families.

Many of the clinical trials she oversees at BCRC-WA have led to several 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.

BCRC-WA is a not-for-profit and a charitable organisation (Licence CC 21750) where unusually, all funds received from donors and bequests go fully to benefit patients on our clinical trials. We are extremely proud of this fact as 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 care. Our research informs and underpins the treatment we provide to our patients.

BCRC-WA is unique in the breast cancer space because we provide patients with the dual benefits of treatment backed by our world class research (via clinical trials), which together lead to the best possible outcomes for patients. Trials can mean out patients get access sometimes 10 years earlier to treatments at no cost to them.

Our research is conducted through our Breast Clinical Trials Unit. We conduct large international trials and in-house patient focused research.

Our Breast Clinical Trials Unit, arguably the busiest in Australia per number of staff and number of patients seen, runs more than 30 clinical trials at one time. A facility with a treatment base and trials unit of this size is unique in Australia; there is no other centre in the country offering the same degree of care for breast cancer patients.

Clinical trials are the only way to discover which new approaches to cancer treatments will work better than existing ones. All the services we provide at the trials units are free of charge. With the help of generous WA donors, we are able to offer patients the most up-to-date breast cancer care.

We aim to find better treatments for patients sooner through our clinical trials which are furthering the global knowledge of breast cancer and its treatment.

BCRC-WA opens the Perth Breast Cancer Institute in 2020

Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA will open the Perth Breast Cancer Institute (PBCI) in 2020.

PBCI will have on-site medical oncologists, breast surgeons, radiation oncologists, reconstructive surgeon, Breast Clinical Trials Unit, breast care nurses, clinical psychologists, early and advanced breast care nurses, radiology and breast physicians.

The location of all these services in one building will 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. More importantly, the different treatments needed for individual patients will be personalised and patients will be guided through the phases of their care.

The PBCI will be situated in Hollywood Private Hospital’s new consulting centre.

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

Education

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
  • 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.

See press release info under Our Services for our centre below and research and treatment above

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 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.