Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Oncoplastic breast surgery is a combination of optimal cancer surgery with traditionally plastic surgical techniques to achieve the best oncological and aesthetic outcome after breast surgery. This includes reshaping of the breast after lumpectomy and immediate reconstruction after mastectomy. It also includes surgery to the other breast in some cases to achieve symmetry. The aim of oncoplastic surgery is to improve women’s long term quality of life and body image after breast cancer treatment.

In recent years there has been increased interest in oncoplastic surgery in Australia and New Zealand and BreastSurgANZ has committed to offering an educational program to meet this demand.  Starting in 2014, a Level 1 oncoplastic workshop had been organized in conjunction with the RACS annual scientific meeting in May and at least one level 2 cadaveric workshop is offered in the second half of the year. Furthermore, BreastSurgANZ endorses the annual cadaveric workshop organized by Dr Richard Martin and his team in Perth. Participation in a level 1 and a level 2 workshop is recommended for all postgraduate breast surgical fellows.

Upcoming courses:

20-21 October 2018 - level 2 OPBS course in Sydney

Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR)

Breast Surg ANZ supports the newly formed Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR). ABDR has funding from the Commonwealth government, with Monash University being the central registry custodian. Breast Surg ANZ is one of the key stakeholders together with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons, as well as the Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration and Medical Technology Association of Australia. ABDR will be rolled out over the next 3 years with the goal of registering all surgical procedures involving an implantable breast device (i.e implant or tissue expander). The purpose of this registry is to detect early warning signs of device failure as well as to evaluate variations in techniques that may increase the risk of complications. A minimal dataset has been developed that is aligned with the proposed addition to the BQA audit on oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery. The data collection also includes long-term patient related outcomes using a questionnaire that is currently under development in an international collaborative project. In the future, ABDR may be linked to the BQA and will be a valuable resource for quality control and research. For more information about ABDR, please visit www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/depts-centres-units/abdr/

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