5th fact

1,404 women die (27 every week) from cancer of the ovary, uterus or cervix.

Raising funds for WA's Gynaecologic Cancer Research Centre

Message from Professor Yee Leung
Head of WA Gynaecologic Cancer Service

In Western Australian we have a single Gynaecologic Cancer Service providing care to over 96 percent of all women’s gynaecological cancers diagnosed in the State,  throughout metropolitan, regional and remote areas. This makes the Service a rich source of data for cancer research projects. Our clinical Service is known to be excellent and we are now building a strong research base to make it even better.  

Our Gynaecologic Cancer Research Centre, based at King Edward Memorial Hospital and St John of God Subiaco Hospital, began in 2012 to build on the clinical strengths of the state-wide service and amplify the quality of care by answering research questions of particular importance to the women and families of Western Australia.

Our Last Supper fundraiser in 2012 (see photos below) was a huge contributor to the launch of our Research Centre, which has since established a gynaecological cancer bio specimen bank to assist in the investigation of molecular and genetic causes of gynaecologic malignancy. 

In December 2013, the Cancer Research Trust, The Western Australian Branch of the Royal and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research supported the Western Australian Gynaecologic Cancer Research Initiative by providing $1.25M over five years in a new joint Fellowship scheme. The scheme will allow for the appointment of a Research Professor in Gynaecologic Oncology to work closely with the clinical scientists and other researchers at the UWA School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, the Harry Perkins Institute and at the St John of God Subiaco Hospital Cancer Research Group. We are in the process of identifying, advertising and recruiting a scientist for this position.

In addition, we are very pleased to have the support of the Jean Murray-Jones Trust and the Ladybird Foundation as we continue to grow our research. The Ladybird Foundation is a new charity that was launched in May 2014 to raise funds to support world leading Western Australian researchers who work in breast and gynaecologic cancer research.

Our next major goal for the initiative is to secure funding for a research assistant and a research database. Please help support the Gynaecologic Cancer Research Centre and help women in WA fight gynaecologic cancer. To read more about our gynaecological cancer research, click here. If you would like to donate, please call 6458 1437