Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Coordinates: 37°48′41.39″S 144°58′38.1″E / 37.8114972°S 144.977250°E / -37.8114972; 144.977250

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, also known as the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, is a major centre for cancer treatment, professional oncologist training and oncology research in Melbourne, Australia. It is named after Sir Peter MacCallum.[1]

The centre is Australia’s only public hospital dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education.[2] It is also one of the few cancer treatment facilities in the world which has a fully integrated clinical and laboratory program situated alongside a hospital. This facilitates the translation of research findings into clinical outcomes within the single site.

Research programs at the centre include the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Cancer Cell Biology Program[3] and the ACRF Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics in Cancer.[4]

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre offers much in the way of integrated services, including medical oncology and radiation oncology facilities and links with allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, speech therapy and social services.


The Victorian Cancer Institute's cancer hospital was given the title "Peter MacCallum Clinic" after the (then) Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Melbourne University, Peter MacCallum, who along with Rutherford Kaye-Scott had a significant role in its founding in 1949.[1] At the time it was a common practice not to inform patients that they had cancer. It was thought that because radiotherapy was also quite commonly used at that time to treat non-cancerous conditions such as severe acne, "strawberry birthmarks", frozen shoulders, keloid scars and also to provide a valuable and non-invasive means for medical sterilisation, the name "Peter MacCallum Clinic" would be much less threatening because the "clinic" could be "positioned" as a specialist radiotherapeutic centre rather than it being thought of as a dedicated cancer hospital.[citation needed] In 1986 it became the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.[1]

Current location[edit]

Its Melbourne centre is located within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building located at 305 Grattan Street Melbourne with satellite services at Bendigo Base Hospital, Epworth Eastern, Monash Medical Centre (Moorabbin campus, in East Bentleigh) and Sunshine Hospital in St Albans.

The East Melbourne campus at which Peter Mac was located for 22 years, was the former St Andrew's Hospital, a maternity hospital which was run by the Presbyterian Church. The then Peter MacCallum Clinic was formerly at the corner of William Street and Little Lonsdale Street) and moved to the current site in the 1994.[1]

In 2016 it is due to move again, to Parkville, Victoria where it will become part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) involving some shared services with the nearby Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Women's Hospital and the Royal Children's Hospital.

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  1. ^ a b c d Riley, Robyn (April 19, 2009). "60 years of Sir Peter MacCallum's dream". Sunday Herald Sun. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of PeterMac". Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "peter maccallum cancer centre". ACRF. 2004. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Unique in Australia, New cancer genomics centre opens in Melbourne" (PDF). ACRF. 2010. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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