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John is a cancer specialist with more than 35 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  He is Professor of Breast Oncology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney and Director of the Australian Lymphoedema Education Research and Treatment (ALERT) centre at Macquarie University.  John regularly comments for the media and a media spokesperson for the McGrath Breast Foundation.

After graduating from the University of Sydney, he trained at Westmead Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University, Boston. He established breast cancer screening in the West of Sydney and Australia’s largest one-stop-shop clinical and diagnostic breast centre at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute. He was first appointed to Macquarie University in 2011 as the Director of the cancer program and has helped establish many clinical, research and patient support programs related to cancer.

John is a lateral thinker, enjoys technology, and gives lectures about clinical leadership. He is a radiation oncologist at Macquarie University Hospital and the author of several “Taking Control” books, including a recent publication on Male Breast Cancer.

He has published more than 150 research papers and provide consultations to patients from all over Australia and the Asia-Pacific. John is a regular invitee to public and medical forums and enjoys imparting knowledge to health professionals, patients and their families.

In 2017, John was awarded the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Queen’s honours list in recognition of his dedication and contribution to his discipline.

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  • 1 Article

Is lymphatic reconstitution possible after meshed skin grafting?

Ngo, Q., Suami, H., Koelmeyer, L., Mackie, H., Munot, S., Heydon-White, A. & Boyages, J., 2018, In : Lymphology. 51, 3, p. 132-135 4 p.

Macquarie University

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Male breast cancer: the challenges

    Boyages, J., Nov 2016, In : Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 12, S5, p. 83 1 p., 60.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractResearch

  • Male breast cancer: diagnosis, treatment and support

    Boyages, J., Nov 2015, In : Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 11, S4, p. 90-91 2 p., 90.

    Macquarie University

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractResearch