• 4716 Citations
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1986 …2021
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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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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 1986 2019

Early surveillance is associated with less incidence and severity of breast cancer–related lymphedema compared with a traditional referral model of care

Koelmeyer, L. A., Borotkanics, R. J., Alcorso, J., Prah, P., Winch, C. J., Nakhel, K., Dean, C. M. & Boyages, J., 15 Mar 2019, In : Cancer. 125, 6, p. 854-862 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Spectrum Analysis
Referral and Consultation
Health Services

A prospective study of L-Dex values in breast cancer patients pretreatment and through 12 months postoperatively

Ridner, S. H., Dietrich, M. S., Spotanski, K., Doersam, J. K., Cowher, M. S., Taback, B., McLaughlin, S., Ajkay, N., Boyages, J., Koelmeyer, L., DeSnyder, S., Shah, C. & Vicini, F., 1 Oct 2018, In : Lymphatic Research and Biology. 16, 5, p. 435-441 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prospective Studies
Breast Neoplasms
Spectrum Analysis
Equipment and Supplies

Breast cancer-related lymphedema: differentiating fat from fluid using magnetic resonance imaging segmentation

Sen, Y., Quan, Y., Koelmeyer, L., Borotkanics, R., Ricketts, R., Mackie, H., Lam, T. C., Ho Shon, K., Suami, H. & Boyages, J., Feb 2018, In : Lymphatic Research and Biology. 16, 1, p. 20-27 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Cost-effectiveness of the BRECONDA decision aid for women with breast cancer: results from a randomized controlled trial

Parkinson, B., Sherman, K., Brown, P., Shaw, L-K. E., Boyages, J., Cameron, L. D., Elder, E. & Lam, T., Jun 2018, In : Psycho‐Oncology. 27, 6, p. 1589-1596 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Decision Support Techniques
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials
Breast Neoplasms

Cryogenic numbing to reduce injection discomfort during Indocyanine green lymphography

Suami, H., Heydon-White, A., Mackie, H., Koelmeyer, L. & Boyages, J., 12 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Reconstructive Surgery.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2011 2018

  • 21 Oral presentation
  • 9 Invited talk
  • 4 Visiting an external academic institution

Image-guided therapy in breast cancer: an update

John Boyages (Speaker)
3 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Liposuction for advanced breast cancer related lymphoedema –outcomes of a multidisciplinary team approach

John Boyages (Speaker)
11 Oct 201814 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

A multidisciplinary model of care for lymphoedema clinical care, research and treatment

John Boyages (Speaker)
17 May 201819 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The multidisciplinary approach to lymphatic care

John Boyages (Speaker)
2 Nov 20183 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

St George's University of London (St George's Hospital Medical School)

John Boyages (Visiting researcher)
17 Jul 201818 Jul 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution