The Department of Surgical Oncology is the branch of surgery that focuses on the surgical management of cancer. The Director of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle is Professor John F Forbes, a world renowned researcher. He is also the Director of Research for the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG). As such, much of the research in this department is centred on multicentre national and international clinical trials for prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer. The ANZBCTG clinical trials program involves close collaboration with international research groups including the International Breast Cancer Study Group, Breast International Group, the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, and the IBIS trials (Cancer Research UK). Translational Research is conducted through collaboration with further research groups.