12/08/2019 - 11:51

More than "giving for good", supporting BCRC-WA saves lives

12/08/2019 - 11:51


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More than "giving for good", supporting BCRC-WA saves lives

Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA (BCRC-WA) will open a world class integrated breast cancer treatment, research and patient support service centre in Perth in 2020 which will further consolidate our reputation as a global leader in breast cancer advancements and help us save lives.

The new centre will not only be an exciting development for our organisation but also for our state as it will be the first of its kind in Western Australia.

Established in 2009, BCRC-WA has become renowned nationally and internationally for our breakthrough research which consists of various trials that help us discover new and better breast cancer treatments and care. We are the busiest trials unit in Australia, at times undertaking more than 30 different research projects concurrently.

BCRC-WA is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded by Order of Australia Member Professor Arlene Chan. It is a clinician-driven practice, specialising in providing high-quality breast cancer treatment and cutting-edge research. 

BCRC-WA has conducted more than 100 breast cancer trials involving more than 1200 patients since we opened, resulting in a 50 per cent increase in the survival rate for more than 168 patients.

The new centre, to be located at Hollywood Private Hospital, will be an integrated facility whereby patients will be able to access a range of support services while undergoing treatment. It will take the work of BCRC-WA to another level by giving breast cancer patients improved service delivery and accessibility. 

“There is currently no facility offering this degree of advanced integrated care to breast cancer patients in WA or indeed Australia where they can receive both medical treatment and the ongoing support services required,” Professor Chan said.

“Our vision is that the new centre will meet most patients’ requirements, from the essential cancer diagnosis and treatment, to the broad range of support services they might need to tap into, from physiotherapists, to psychologists, financial counsellors and social workers.” 

“The approach will be to place each patient with a care coordinator, who will help manage their treatment journey, linking each with their individually required support services. This will allow the patient to concentrate on the treatment process and maintain good health.”

BCRC-WA CEO Carmelo Arto said the new world class centre will cost more than $10 million.

“Exciting opportunities exist for potential donors, corporate sponsors and sporting partners to engage with the centre from inception,” Mr Arto added.

“Foundation donors of this groundbreaking new venture will benefit from gaining recognition throughout the development of this process and beyond.”

BCRC-WA is proudly a not-for-profit and a DGR1 charitable organisation (Licence CC 21750). It does not receive any government funding and the generosity of donors allows us to continue our important work which is changing the lives of breast cancer patients and their families.

For more information, visit www.bcrc-wa.com.au


BCRC-WA provides world-class breast cancer treatment based on our groundbreaking research and clinical trials, some of which have enhanced breast cancer treatment worldwide and increased survival rates and cure rates. As we enter our next exciting phase, opportunities exist to secure corporate and sporting partnerships with our unique new breast cancer centre due to open in 2020.


  • BCRC-WA is self-funded. We do not receive government funding.
  • All donations go fully to patient research, treatment and services
  • At least 13 of our research projects have contributed to enhancing breast cancer treatment worldwide and increasing survival rates
  • Many patients with advanced breast cancer have survived their illness for years and a small number have even been cured due to results derived from our clinical trials
  • In 2020, we will move into our fully integrated breast cancer centre where patient research, treatment and support services will be available in one central location, lessening stress for patients and their families and leading to better overall outcomes.



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