The Origins and Development of our Breast Diseases Clinic
The original practice was founded in 1994 by Dr Anne Gudgeon as a diagnostic and screening clinic for breast diseases. It was housed at Dr Judy Whittaker's pathology practice in Rondebosch which is now Roodenburg House, which has recently merged with Lancet Laboritories.
The Southern Cross Breast Clinic which Dr Gudgeon started in 1998, was the forerunner of our current Breast Clinic. Here, in collaboration with Dr David Eedes, a radiation oncologist, the practice expanded to include chemotherapy. When Southern Cross Hospital closed at the end of 2003 the practice moved to the UCT Private Academic Hospital.
Dr Irene Boeddinghuis joined the practice in 2005, and with her combined experience close to 50 years in breast diseases and oncology, the practice is well established and has grown significantly. To accommodate this growth, satellite consulting rooms in Wilderness Rd Claremont were opened in 2010, and in 2011 Dr Ronelle de Villiers joined the practice to assist with patient assessment, management of benign breast disease, and follow up of patients during the post-chemotherapy.
In August 2013 our clinic moved to the newly renovated Oncology Centre at Vincent Pallotti Hospital. Our rooms in Wilderness Road remain open. We look forward to expanding our services to the new Christiaan Barnard Hospital at the Foreshore when their new Oncology Centre opens. We have now also extended our service to the newly opened oncology Centre at the Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital at the Foreshore.