Leading cancer specialist joins Macquarie University’s team

12 October 2011

Macquarie University Hospital opened its Cancer Treatment Care Centre almost a year ago. The comprehensive range of cancer services located at Australia's newest and most technologically advanced hospital offered a unique opportunity to offer a holistic cancer care service.

Now Boyages will bring a new vision to the team, to develop a unique cancer institute.

The MCI, he says, will bring together health professionals and researchers, with the patient being the central focus and "encompassing the best our people and the organisation can bring together-clinical excellence, research, education with corporate and community partnerships".

At Westmead, Boyages built a team of over 70 staff, managed a $10 million budget and developed facilities to a value of over $20 million. He is passionate about raising the bar in cancer care through research and advanced facilities – both available to his team in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine and Macquarie University Hospital.

"The University's investment is mind blowing," he says. "To think that I can see a patient with breast cancer on a Friday and have them ready to start radiotherapy the following Wednesday or Thursday, with a letter back to the GP and referring surgeon by Friday! I wish this were the case everywhere."

During the 1990s, Boyages built the largest breast screening service in Australia, the BreastScreen Sydney West program. At its peak, the Unit screened over 60,000 women annually, across an area that extended from Bowral to Berowra and Auburn to Katoomba.

In 2009, Boyages and his team saw the first 'BCI sunflower clinics‘ open in four Myer lingerie departments in the west and north-west of Sydney, as well as four public hospitals. BreastScreen Sydney West was the first breast screening service in Australia to be able to transmit digital images from all screening sites to its central image reading centre, seconds after a woman finished her mammogram.

Since 2010 he has been advising the UK Government on why breast cancer mortality rates are much higher in the UK than in Australia, and continuing to contribute to research on breast oncology through more than 135 research and clinical articles.

Learn more about Macquarie University Hospital's cancer services.

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