Women’s cancers

We specialise in the treatment and research of cancers that affect women: breast, ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers.

Cancer is the disease of the cells, which are the building blocks of a human being. Our cells are mostly controlled by our genes. All cancers begin because of problems with these genes.

Most of the time the human body can fix these gene problems by itself. But sometimes it cannot, meaning the cells can grow without stopping. This leads to a growth or swelling (a tumour).

It is important to remember that this is general information. There are many different types of cancer and, these days, lots of different treatments and drugs that work to cure or help slow the growth of cancers. Your doctors will use tests to find out exactly what type of cancer you have and then help you to decide the best way to treat it.

The word ‘cancer’ causes a lot of fear in many people. If you or someone you are close to has, or is suspected of having, cancer then it can help to get support to manage the fear. Many hospitals have professional counselors who can support you. Other networks, such as Counterpoint (previously called BreaCan) or the Victorian Cancer Council, can also help put you in touch with people to assist you.


The Women’s does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or use of such information or advice) which is provided on the Website or incorporated into it by reference. The Women’s provide this information on the understanding that all persons accessing it take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Dept.