Dr. Rika Pienaar

Dr. Rika Pienaar is a Clinical oncologist at Panorama Medi-clinic in Cape Town.  After qualifying in 1985 at University of Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, she moved to Cape Town were she worked in the department of surgery of Tygerberg  Hospital. She finished her specialization in Oncology in 1992 and went on to  become a consultant radiation oncologist in the Breast clinic of Tygerberg  Hospital. She joined Dr. Sean Brennan in private practise at Wynberg Hospital  and a few years later they amalgamated with Gouws and Partners.  (now Cancercare)

For more than 30 years she has had a deep interest in breast cancer. Being  a nationally recognized “Opinion leader in Breast Cancer”, she has delivered  more than 100 invited lectures at national meetings, colleges, universities  and women’s organizations.  She also is an elected  member of various  international Advisory Boards in the field of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy of breast cancer.

Under her leadership, the breast cancer treatment in Cancercare maintains a standard  comparable to the best institutions world-wide. Treating patients daily, certainly dominate Dr Pienaar’s  professional life, but she also collaborates in leading international research groups as co-investigator to determine the future  treatment of breast cancer. She frequently attends international breast cancer  meetings worldwide and continually strives for academic excellence and  innovation in breast cancer management.

Combining research with patient care is the best of both worlds for Rika — it’s how she prefers to practice medicine.