Our Supporter: The Rachel Doherty Foundation

One of Blood Cancer Research WA’s supporters is the Rachel Doherty Foundation (RDF) which advocates for the establishment of a clinical network for new generation drug trials and cancer research.

“Rachael was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2004 and bravely fought the disease for eight years. Just 17 when diagnosed, Rachael was several months short of her 26th birthday when she finally succumbed to pneumonia caused by the effects of cancer. Unfortunately, Rachael’s story is all too typical for Australians – many of them young and vibrant like her – who are ravaged by a disease that knows no bounds”. 

Moving to different hospitals all over Perth for treatment and the lack of access to the newest drugs via clinical trials was a huge hurdle in Rachel’s fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which saw her having to frequently travel to Melbourne to be able to receive the latest treatments. The Rachel Doherty Foundation are proudly supporting Blood Cancer Research WA.

Blood Cancer Research WA are specialising in the Research of Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma. Our purpose is to give patients with blood cancers access to new and potentially life-saving treatments, faster:

To read more about Rachel’s story and the work that the RDF do, click here:

New trial now open for patients with untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

ACERTA-CL-3111 is now open at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

This phase 3 study is for patients with untreated Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (also called CLL) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). CLL is a blood and bone marrow disease that usually gets worse slowly. CLL is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults and it often occurs during or after middle age.

The study is being ran at Sir Charles Gairnder, with Dr Gavin Cull (below) as the Principal Investigator. For further information and contact details, visit our website: 

Lymphoma incidence Australia-wide Vs Western Australia

As part of a recent presentation, Associate Professor Chan Cheah, Clinical Haematologist and Director of BCRWA shared the below chart which looks at Lymphoma incidence in Australia versus WA.

Whilst the incidences in Australia as a whole have increased on a steady level, there have been clear, yet not fully understood, peaks and falls in WA lymphoma cases since the 1980s.

As is the norm with Lymphoma world-wide, there have been more cases diagnosed in men than in women. Currently, there are approximately 5000 Australian diagnosed each year, with 654 Western Australians diagnosed in 2017.


Continuing research into the disease & new and improved treatment is vital to help current and future patients suffering with Lymphoma.

Along with our supporters and our collaborating health institutions, Blood Cancer Research WA is committed to providing excellence in diagnosis, treatment and clinical research for WA blood cancer patients.

Visit our website to find out more about BCRWA, currently recruiting Clinical Trials and how to Donate to this worthy cause!

Associate Professor Chan Cheah’s latest publication

A/Prof and Director of Blood Cancer Research WA, Chan Yoon Cheah, has over 70 publications to date.

On 28th February 2019, his latest collaborative publication was published:
Front-line management of indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Australia. Part 2: mantle cell lymphoma and marginal zone lymphoma

Follow the link to view A/Prof Cheah’s latest publication, as well as his twenty most recent publications:

Snowdome Foundation’s Newsletter March 2019

Blood Cancer Research WA’s mention in Snowdome’s latest newsletter

Here is a snippet from the latest newsletter from the Snowdome Foundation, a proud supporter and collaborator of BCRWA.


“Over in the west, Blood Cancer Research WA have been busy with eighteen trials underway in a variety of different blood cancers.  It is fabulous to see Western Australian blood cancer patients obtaining access to so many clinical trials now.  We would also like to congratulate Chan Cheah on winning an award for 40 Under 40 for inspiring and demonstrating true WA entrepreneurship within his field.  Chan also received the title of Clinical Associate Professor of the University of WA so it has been a big couple of months”.

To read the Newsletter in full and to learn more about this amazing foundation, please visit them at:

Welcome to our new Haematology Fellow

Last month we welcomed our new Fellow, Dr Xuan Tan, to the BCRWA team!

Xuan joined Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Linear as a Haematology Research/Clinical Fellow in February 2019. Following graduation from University of Melbourne in 2010, she completed internship and basic physician training in Melbourne before moving to Hobart to commence Haematology advanced training.

She is particularly excited about her new role, which will involve looking after acute myeloid leukaemia, multiple myeloma and other clinical trial patients. As part of her fellowship, she is also pursuing Master of Clinical Research (UWA), with her thesis focusing on health economics analysis in next generation sequencing in acute myeloid leukaemia and other haematological malignancies.

Legs Out For Lymphoma!

Join the annual walk for lymphoma on Sunday 7th April 2019 –
Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth Foreshore

Come along with friends or family, or walk the 5km solo!

  • Fun activities
  • Food trucks
  • Entertainment on the day

Wear LIME GREEN or purchase a T-shirt from the online shop. All funds raised will support Lymphoma Australia’s Lymphoma Care Nurses!

Register for free!

SCGH Comprehensive Cancer Centre 4th February 2019 Birthday Celebrations

February saw The SCGH Comprehensive Cancer Centre celebrate their 6th Birthday

The Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital opened in 2013 and cares for both public and private haematology and oncology cancer patients, as well as for patients suffering various blood disorders.

Clinical Haematologist Dr David Joske spoke warmly about the difference the Cancer Centre has made to patients and their families lives so far. Dr Joske continued to inspire and encourage all members of staff to strive for their best and succeed in making the patient journey even better.

“In the war against cancer, this wonderful building will very much be a part of the front line. This building, and the people in it, will together share some tough times. Sadly, we still can’t cure all cancer. But whether we do or don’t, our patients must still undertake that journey and like Frodo the Ring-bearer, they will need all the friends they can muster. No less than Hippocrates understood this: he said “Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always”. 

Quote from Dr Joske (Far right), 04.02.19

World Cancer Day – 4th Feb 2019

In 2019 in Australia, it is estimated there will be 12,681 combined new cases of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma

Blood cancers occur in both male and females when normal blood cell production is interrupted by the uncontrolled growth of an abnormal type of blood cell. There are three main types of blood cancer:

Lymphomas are blood cancers that affect the lymphatic system, part of the immune system which protects the body against disease and infection. Lymphomas occur when lymphocites (a type of white blood cell) undergo a malignant change and multiply in an uncontrolled way. The lymphoma cells then accumulate to form tumours in the lymph nodes, which are located throughout the body. There are two types of lymphoma; Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which can be distinguished by the specific lymphocites involved.

It is estimated 6423 new cases of lymphoma will be diagnosed in 2019, making Lymphoma the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.

Leukaemia starts in the bone marrow where developing blood cells (usually white cells) undergo a malignant change. These cells then crowd the marrow, affecting the body’s ability to produce normal blood cells.  In 2019, 4251 new cases of leukaemia are estimated to be diagnosed in Australia.

Myeloma is a cancer that develops in plasma cells (a type of white cell) of the bone marrow. The usual role of plasma cells is to help fight infection. In 2019, it’s estimated that 2007 new cases of myeloma will be diagnosed.

Information from Cure Cancer  – Visit their site to learn more

Blood Cancer Research WA is collaborating with three sites to open more Clinical Trials in WA, so more West Australians have access to the latest treatment in blood cancer research.
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Solaris Cancer Care Annual Gala Dinner

Solaris Cancer Care Gala Fundraising Dinner
Saturday 9th February 6pm
– Hyatt Regency, Perth

Solaris Cancer Care’s annual fundraising dinner is set to be spectacular again with a raft of unique items to be won! Including, a Margaret River Pro Gold VIP experience, an amazing Rogaska crystal vase, a Wise Winery degustation lunch for eight and a beautiful pearl and diamond pendant from Willie Creek Pearls, to name a few.

For more information or to reserve a table for the 2019 event, contact or phone: 9384 3544

About Solaris Cancer Care

Solaris Cancer Care offer unconditional support to all people in Western Australia affected by cancer, including carers and family members, through all stages of the illness, including long term survivors and bereaved families.

Solaris Cancer Care’s programs cover important areas of wellbeing for individuals with cancer and their families.  In offering personalised support services, Solaris Cancer Care can personalise programs to integrate with chosen lifestyle and treatment regimes.

Solaris Cancer Care offers a holistic combination of:

  • Professional counselling
  • Evidence based education
  • Facilitated workshops
  • Regularly updated library
  • Seminars
  • Wellness coaching
  • Extended courses
  • Regular news updates
  • Home and hospital visits

To find out more about this wonderful foundation, visit