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Our Vision

Cape Breast Care

Every woman (and some men) may experience a breast complaint at some point in life. Fortunately, 9 out of 10 breast problems are benign and are in no way related to cancer. Breast concerns can occur at any age in a person’s life.

Interest in and knowledge about breast diseases have increased immensely in recent years. While information is ultimately a source of hope, it is sometimes conflicting. This can cause considerable anxiety generally – amongst woman in particular – about diseases that affect the breast. This is especially true of breast cancer.

At our Breast Diseases practice, we adopt a holistic approach to comprehensive breast care. We offer medical expertise including:

  •  breast screening and examination
  •  diagnosis of both cancerous and non-cancerous conditions
  •  treatment (including chemotherapy and hormone therapy for breast cancer)
  •  post-treatment quality of life.

We believe in providing accurate and up-to-date clinical information and cover the spectrum from risk management, through to benign and malignant conditions of the breast.

Every effort is made by each member of our team to provide optimal and compassionate patient care.

Our 3-woman practice means that you benefit from individualised, personalised care. We do not employ locums or rotating medical officers. One of us is always on call for you.

We work closely together with an extensive multi-disciplinary network. Sources of support include surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists (for mammograms and ultrasounds), pathologists, general practitioners, gynaecologists, oncology nursing sisters, psychologist(s), nutritionist(s), and palliative care organisation(s), genetic counsellors and social workers.

It is our aim to assist each person with breast concerns in a positive way along their individual journey towards optimum breast health.

Our History

The Origins and Development of our Cape Breast Care practice
Founded by Dr Gudgeon
Our first forerunner
Practice move
Dr Boeddinghuis joins
New consulting rooms
Dr de Villiers joins
More consulting rooms
Our practice was originally founded in 1994 by Dr Anne Gudgeon as a diagnostic and screening clinic for breast diseases. It was housed at Dr Judy Whittaker’s pathology practice in Rondebosch (now Roodenburg House), which later merged with Lancet Laboritories.
The Southern Cross Breast Clinic, which Dr Gudgeon started in 1998, was the forerunner of our current Breast Clinic. Here, in collaboration with Dr David Eedes, a radiation oncologist, the practice expanded to include chemotherapy.
When Southern Cross Hospital closed at the end of 2003, the practice moved to the UCT Private Academic Hospital.
Dr Irene Boeddinghuis joined the practice in 2005. With their combined experience of close to 50 years in breast diseases and oncology, the practice is well established and has grown significantly.
To accommodate this growth, satellite consulting rooms in Wilderness Rd Claremont were opened in 2010.
In 2011, Dr Ronelle de Villiers joined the practice to assist with patient assessment, management of benign breast disease, and follow up of patients during the post-chemotherapy period.
In August 2013, our clinic moved to the newly renovated Oncology Centre at Vincent Pallotti Hospital. Our rooms in Wilderness Road remain open. We have  also extended our service to the newly opened Oncology Centre at the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital on the Foreshore.


Our doors first opened in 1994. Since then we have flourished with three practices across Cape Town.

How We Can Help You

Breast screening: what you need to know

Breast screening: what you need to know

The goal of breast screening is to detect breast lumps and find a potential cancer before it spreads and starts to cause symptoms.

Breast lump diagnosis: What to do if you find a lump

Breast lump diagnosis: What to do if you find a lump

If you discover a breast lump or breast change, make an appointment with your doctor or nurse for a clinical assessment and diagnosis.

Treatment for breast cancer

Treatment for breast cancer

Breast cancer treatment is individualised according to cancer sub-type as well as patient-specific factors

Support after breast cancer treatment

Support after breast cancer treatment

Although it is a relief to have completed treatment, it can be a stressful time as it is hard not to worry about the cancer coming back.