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About Cabrini’s Breast Cancer Care service

At Cabrini our dedicated team of health professionals – surgeons, diagnostic experts, medical and radiation oncologists, breast care nurses, physiotherapists and counsellors – work together to determine the best, individualised treatment plan for every patient. This multidisciplinary approach ensures you can access every specialist you need to get the most advanced treatment and support, all in the one place. Whether it’s surgery, nursing, rehabilitation or counselling, we will work with you in every aspect of your treatment and recovery, to provide care tailored to your specific needs.

Cabrini’s Breast Cancer Care service is at the forefront of innovative treatment and technology and provides comprehensive care to more than 650 patients a year. Our passionate healthcare team participates in cancer education, clinical trials, cancer boards and national and international conferences. We provide:

  • highly qualified and skilled healthcare team
  • team approach to determine the best individualised treatment plan for each patient
  • access to clinical trials
  • free information sessions for patients, families, carers and friends
  • diagnostic facilities including 3D Mammogram, CT ultrasound, MRI
  • second opinion service
  • metastatic breast cancer service
  • onsite day oncology centre offering chemotherapy, immunotherapy and infusion services
  • comprehensive allied health support services including physiotherapy, exercise physiology, psychology, dietetics, lymphoedema management and rehabilitation programs
  • General Enquiries

  • Operating Hours

    Breast Care Nurse
    Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

    Consulting rooms
    Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

    Emergency Department Cabrini Malvern
    24 hours, 7 days a week

  • Referrals

    If you have been diagnosed with a breast cancer your GP will refer you to a specialist at Cabrini hospital. Your GP can help select the most suitable breast surgeon to treat you. Alternatively, you can visit the Find a Doctor directory for a list of our specialists.

    At Cabrini, we ensure all patients with breast cancer receive prompt treatment. We aim to assign new patients to a specialist within hours of an urgent referral and within a week for non-urgent referrals.

    We have all the support services required for your care in one location, including all medical imaging and pathology services. This ensures coordinated care and reduces stress during what can be a challenging time.

    Alternatively, if you have been advised of an abnormal mammogram or ultrasound, you can call the Cabrini Breast Care Nurses directly on (03) 9508 5550 or (03) 9508 5568 to arrange for an appointment with a breast surgeon.

    If your patient has an abnormal mammogram or ultrasound with a high suspicion of breast cancer, please contact a Cabrini Breast Surgeon to arrange an urgent appointment.

    Alternatively, call the Cabrini Breast Care Nurse on (03) 9508 5550 or (03) 9508 5568. They will organise an appointment with a breast surgeon within three days.

    When referring a patient to a Cabrini specialist, please include all pathology and imaging test results. Please note Cabrini offers comprehensive pathology and medical imaging services onsite.

    Our specialists are available to give you advice on your patient and discuss diagnostic and treatment plans. If your patient is unwell our specialists can directly admit them for inpatient treatment. For a list of our specialists visit the Find a Doctor directory.

    Alternatively, if the matter is urgent, the Cabrini Malvern Emergency Department (ED) is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The ED team can provide a referral to the most appropriate specialist to meet your patients’ need.

The team was fundamental in helping me through the emotional roller coaster of breast cancer, and I am very grateful for their warmth and humour. Heather, Age 51

Breast cancer services offered

Breast cancer specialists and health professionals

The below specialists and medical professionals are active members of the breast cancer care multidisciplinary team reviewing patient cases on a regular basis. For a comprehensive list of Cabrini specialists, please visit our Find a Doctor page.

Find a Doctor

Breast care nurses

Bronwyn Flanagan
Bronwyn is a registered nurse with 20 years’ experience in breast care. Her passion is supporting and providing information to breast cancer patients and their families. She is committed to the multidisciplinary approach to patient care and believes best outcomes are achieved when both physical and emotional needs are addressed in a timely manner.

Alison Murphy
Alison is a breast care nurse consultant with many years of experience at both public and private hospitals. She has held a variety of roles in community health, nursing management, and in surgical and oncology departments. In 2009 she qualified as a Breast Care Nurse and further enhanced her practice by completing an oncology qualification in 2012. Alison ensures breast cancer patients receive the best possible information and support.

Elizabeth Cooch
Elizabeth has extensive experience in women’s cancer having worked with Ovarian Cancer Australia as a Cancer Support Nurse, and as a Nurse Counsellor at St. Vincent’s Hospital BreastScreen. She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate of Breast Care Nursing.

Janine Reimann
Janine brings more than 20 years nursing experience to the position of McGrath Metastatic Breast Care Nurse at Cabrini. Her wealth of experience includes extensive surgical nursing and over 10 years in day oncology. Janine gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Oncology and Palliative Care through Melbourne University and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Janine is passionate about providing patient centred care, ensuring patients and their loved ones are well supported during their cancer journey.

Melissa Vereker
Melissa is the MDT Meeting Coordinator for Cabrini Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Data Manager for the Cabrini Monash Department of Medical Oncology. Since joining Cabrini in 2016, Melissa has developed the Breast Cancer Database and Breast MDT Meeting Database. Melissa believes monitoring and measuring safety and patient care is an essential part of health care delivery. Data is used to measure quality of cancer care, compliance with best practice guidelines, identify areas for service improvement and ensure patients receive safe and effective treatment.

Why choose Cabrini for your breast cancer care?

At Cabrini we treat every patient as an individual and that’s what sets us apart. We understand it’s a confronting time, which is why our innovative program has been designed with help from the most important people in the breast cancer experience – our patients.

This ensures our team of skilled specialists and nurses can understand and support both the physical and emotional needs of our patients while they deliver the finest care before, during and after treatment.

We offer an eight-week reconditioning program during or after treatment designed specifically for breast cancer patients. The course includes: physical rehabilitation and psychological group support, and covers topics such as nutrition, exercise, sexual health after cancer, body image, relationships, communication and mindfulness meditation.

Useful resources

As well as the information we have available in our Health Resources library, there are other national and state-based health organisations providing in-depth information on cancer. Listed below are a selection of trusted organisations with further information on cancer, how to manage the impact of cancer and treatment options.

Frequently asked questions