"I believe in finding a positive experience in the cancer journey for all patients. It may not be obvious at first but may become evident with time. Maintaining a good quality of life and positive outlook makes such a difference to all patients and their families."
Yvonne completed her general medical training in Western Australia before moving east to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Victoria to complete her training in radiation oncology. The offer of a fellowship in breast cancer at Westmead Hospital saw her move to Sydney, and this was followed by a position as a consultant radiation oncologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. In 1999, Yvonne moved to Boston for a clinical fellowship at the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital. On her return to Perth, she began working as a consultant radiation oncologist at Perth Radiation Oncology and joined Genesis CancerCare in 2011.
Yvonne is a member of the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the Australasian Gastro- Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG), the Australian Sarcoma Group, the Australasian Radiation Oncology Lymphoma Group, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) education and training subcommittee, the RANZCR research committee and the Breast Cancer Research Centre research committee.
She sits on the executive of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease (ASBD), and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists’ breast special interest group (RANZCR). She is also currently the lead clinician for the Western Australian Cancer and Palliative Care Network upper gastro-intestinal collaborative, and represents Western Australia on the Genesis CancerCare national research committee.
Yvonne has a strong interest in clinical research and is an advocate for cancer patients. She has been involved in or written over ten published articles, predominantly on pancreatic or breast cancer.
While Yvonne treats predominantly breast, lower gastro-intestinal and upper gastro-intestinal cancers, she is also interested in patient satisfaction, the impact of exercise on cancer patients, and how a patient’s cancer journey can be improved through treatment.
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When not at work, Yvonne loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She enjoys family activities, travelling, going to the cinema and cooking. She's well known amongst her family and friends for her desserts and takes frequent requests for chocolate brownies.