Dr. Gudgeon's background and experience
Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham in 1968. After house jobs
(jobs taken by junior doctors in the U.K) in Birmingham she worked in the anaesthetic
department in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as a registrar for 3 years.
After moving to Cape Town, Dr Gudgeon worked in the
Department of Radiation Oncology (LE33) at Groote Schuur Hospital for twenty
one years, first as a senior, then as principal medical officer. During that
time she worked exclusively with breast cancer patients and was a founder
member of the Groote Schuur Hospital Breast Cancer Clinic where she ran the
outpatient biopsy clinic.
There Dr Gudgeon was part of the International Breast Cancer
Study Group and served as co-investigator of the many breast cancer clinical
trials that were undertaken at the unit. She has authored and co-authored over
50 publications on breast diseases and has given both oral and poster
presentations at local and international congresses.
She is an honorary
member of the South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists
(SASCRO) and is also a member of the South African Oncology Consortium (SAOC).
The SAOC aims to help provide evidence-based medicine to aid patients funded by
medical aids. In 1994 she founded a fledgling private practice that she has
built up over the years to cover the spectrum of benign and malignant breast disease.
Dr. Boeddinghaus' background and experience
Dr Boeddinghaus qualified at UCT Medical School in 1994. She
obtained her MRCP in London in 1998 and worked extensively in London oncology
departments. She then joined the Royal
Marsden Hospital’s Department of Academic Biochemistry and the Institute of
She obtained her MD in 2002, with her doctoral thesis
investigating mechanisms of action and resistance to (the now commonly used)
aromatase inhibitors. During this time she set up and ran the ground-breaking
international neo-adjuvant trial of the AI, Anastrozole vs. Tamoxifen. She
retains a strong interested in the hormonal management of breast cancer as well
as translational research. She acts as site Principle Investigator on a number
of international trials and has published extensively in her field.
Dr Boeddinghaus has also presented at international
congresses, winning a Young Investigator Award from The American Association of
Cancer Research in 1999.
In 2002, she returned to South Africa and now divides her
time between her two passions: work and family. Dr Boeddinghaus is a member of
the South African Society of Medical Oncologists (SASMO), the South African
Oncology Consortium (SAOC), and the Royal College of Physicians.
What is breast cancer?
Symptoms of breast cancer
Treating breast cancer