Breast cancer

17 November 2014

Meet the Breast Cancer Experts

Dr Gudgeon and Dr Boeddinghaus from Cape Breast Care have recently come onboard to answer breast cancer queries from Health24 readers.


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 Cancer Research.

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.

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What is breast cancer?
Symptoms of breast cancer
Treating breast cancer


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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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