Consolidating its reputation as a global-leader in breast cancer advancements, Breast Cancer Research Centre WA has revealed a bold plan to develop a world-class integrated breast cancer treatment and research centre in Perth by 2020.
Established in 2000, BCRC-WA has become renowned nationally and internationally for its breakthrough research into new breast cancer treatment and care, running the busiest trials unit in Australia, undertaking more than 30 different research projects concurrently.
The not-for-profit organisation was founded by WA Australian of the Year 2017 finalist Arlene Chan in 2000 as a clinician-driven practice, specialising in providing high-quality breast cancer treatment while concurrently undertaking high-quality, cutting edge research.
Located in Nedlands at Hollywood Private Hospital, BCRC-WA has conducted more than 100 breast cancer trials involving more than 1200 WA patients since 2000, resulting in a 50% increase in the survival rate for more than 190 patients.
Professor Chan said the envisioned integrated facility will take the work of BCRC-WA to a new 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,” explained Professor Chan.
“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, psychologists 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 maintaining good health.”
BCRC-WA CEO Carmelo Arto estimated it will cost more than $10 million to transform the vision for this world-class facility into reality.
“This project estimated for completion in the first half of 2020 presents an exciting opportunity for potential donors to engage with BCRC-WA from inception,” said Mr Arto.
“Foundation donors to this ground-breaking new venture will benefit from gaining warranted recognition at the outset of the process, throughout development and beyond.”