Breast cancer research

St John of God Subiaco Hospital provides a range of diagnostic and surgical services for breast cancer patients. This includes innovative reconstruction surgery, medical oncology, supportive care through dedicated breast nurses and specialist physiotherapy and psychology care. The Breast Cancer Research Unit runs a large number of investigator driven and cooperative research group-led cancer studies.

It is estimated that 13,500 Western Australians will be diagnosed with cancer every year.
Breast cancer accounts for 14.0 per cent of all cancer deaths in Australian women and is a leading cause of cancer death in Australian women.
Whilst the number of women and men being diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia is increasing, the number of deaths from breast cancer is decreasing.

The Breast Cancer Research Unit covers four major aspects to assist and guide patient care:

  • Translational research driven by our Biobank in collaboration with national and international researchers
  • Supportive care research, such as exercise intervention and enabling young breast cancer survivors to start a family
  • Medical and surgical oncology clinical trials from prevention through to survivorship. These trials cover all aspects of cancer, including prevention, diagnosis, treatments, post treatment, survivorship, fertility, end-of-life care, development of drugs and translation of research practice
  • Health services research that can help deliver more equitable and effective cancer care to Western Australians.
Surgical Oncologist
Prof Christobel Saunders

Breast Surgeons/Senior Clinical Lecturers
Mr Lee Jackson
Dr Wen Chan Yeow

Clinical Nurse Consultants Breast Care
Gay Refeld and Joan Burgess

Medical Oncologists
Dr Daphne Tsoi
Dr Andrew Dean
Dr Tim Clay

Research Officers
Dr Niloufer Johansen
Dr Katy Mohammadi
Paige E. Tucker, Paul A. Cohen, Max K. Bulsara, Stephanie Jeffares, Christobel Saunders ‘The impact of bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy on sexuality and quality of life in women with breast cancer’ Supportive Care in Cancer. Accepted May 2020

Preuss, James, Nezich, Rikki, Lester, Leanne, Saunders, Christobel, Poh, Shawn, Taylor, Donna ‘Improving  cosmetic outcomes following wide local excision of impalpable breast cancer: is Radioguided Occult Lesion Localisation using Iodine 125 seeds better than Hookwire localisation?’ The BREAST Submitted May 2020.

Chloé Maxwell-Smith, Paul A. Cohen, Cameron Platell, Jason Tan, Gregory B. Makin, Christobel Saunders, Sophie Nightingale, Craig Lynch, Frank Sardelic, Jacob McCormick, Sarah J. Hardcastle ‘“To be there for my family” and “keep my independence”: Metropolitan and Regional/Remote Cancer Survivors’ Health Behaviour Motives’. Supportive Care in Cancer Submitted May 2020.

C Saunders, L Millar, A Ives, N Slavova-Azmanova, M Bellgard, J Codde ‘Towards value based healthcare: Lessons learnt from implementing outcomes measures’ Deeble Institute Health Policy Research Oct 2019 content/uploads/2019/10/Perspectives-Brief-No.-5-Toward-valuebased-care_-outcome-measures.pdf.