Breast cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in breast tissue of a man or woman.
Like all Peter Mac’s tumour streams, the Breast Service is a collaboration with clinical partners, providing coordinated and comprehensive cancer care.
Assessment of breast symptoms, diagnosis and management of breast cancer and pre-cancerous diseases is the main focus of our work. This care is supported by a multidisciplinary team.
Patients will receive care from specialist breast surgeons, breast radiologists, breast pathologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and plastic surgeons in association with specialist breast care nurse consultants, psychologists, social workers and additional supportive care services.
We are closely affiliated with the Familial Cancer Centre and the Breast/Ovarian Cancer Risk Management Clinics at Peter Mac and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. The Breast Service is actively involved in a number of research programs.
The Breast Service is a joint service between Peter Mac, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Women's Hospital, providing a full range of care for all types of breast disease.
- Peter Mac - Level 2, 2C
- RMH - Level 1 Centre, Breast Clinic
- RWH - Level 1, Women's Health Clinic
We have a strong focus on clinical trials to enable us to improve care for not only our patients but all patients with breast cancer. Every cancer patient is at the heart of what we do. Dedicated to you, we commit and pursue state-of-the-art research that we take from bench to bedside and beyond.
If you are interested in joining a clinical trial, speak to your cancer specialist.
For a full list of clinical trials we offer, visit our looking for a clinical trial page
Our team are dedicated and sensitive to your individual health and wellbeing needs.
You will need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
It is important for you to bring any x-ray films and reports of any mammograms, breast ultrasounds or any other tests with you to your clinic appointment.
For health professionals
We accept GP and specialist referrals for this service.
Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency and Trauma Service at any time.
Referrals should include:
- relevant clinical history
- copies of test results (the patient should be advised to bring breast imaging with them to their clinic appointment)
- the reason for referral
- the patient's details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
- your provider number.
See referrals for more information or download a copy of the Breast Service Referral Guidelines.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH)
To refer a patient, complete and fax your referral to Outpatients on (03) 9342 4234. You can use the following form or a template from your own system:
The Royal Women's Hospital (RWH)
Please complete and fax the Fast Fax Referral form to (03) 8345 3036.