December 25, 2018
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women. Its diagnosis and treatment are part of the practice of a wide number of medical specialties including primary care physicians, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other healthcare professionals. There are national initiatives calling for a multidisciplinary approach to the care of these patients. The multiple components and aspects of the treatment of breast cancer require a high level of coordinated care among different specialties. In addition, advancements in medical and surgical treatments, as well as reconstructive options, have improved cancer outcomes and improved patients' selfesteem. These improved options for screening and treatment are increasingly more complex requiring more knowledge and skills to use them appropriately.
This program, designed to be a multidisciplinary program, is intended for a wide range of medical practitioners who are interested in the latest information regarding the local treatment of breast cancer and reconstructive surgery. The program is purposely targeted for general, plastic, breast and oncologic surgeons, as well as radiation and medical oncologists. It is also intended for primary care physicians and other health professionals who have an interest in the treatment of breast cancer patients.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to link the educational objectives to Core Competencies (Medical Knowledge, Patient Care and Practice-Based Learning) and be able to:
- Present viewpoints from multiple medical disciplines regarding appropriate screening, diagnosis,prevention, and treatment strategies in patients with breast cancer
- Discuss the changing role of axillary dissection in breast cancer management
- Describe recent technical advances in surgery and radiation therapy for breast cancer
- Perform breast reconstruction with tissue expanders, acellular dermal matrix and implants
- Discuss microsurgical perforator flap breast reconstruction and observe surgery through video clips
- Identify candidates for and perform oncoplastic surgery as well as how to coordinate the care between surgical and radiation oncology and breast radiology
- Identify candidates for and perform direct to implant reconstruction with nipple sparing mastectomiesas well as how to coordinate the care with surgical oncology
- Summarize recent developments in imaging modalities, percutaneous ablation techniques,contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, plastic surgery for lymphedema, chemotherapies in development, and partial breast irradiation
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 Attendance