Mastectomy or removal of the breast is a serious step made after much consultation between a suregon and their patient. It is a ‘life before limb’ decision.
Techniques are emerging to make this operation history.
The range of procedures to safely preserve the breast is increasing, as is the ability to immediately reconstruct the breast. This is an exciting area of surgery the Foundation for Breast Cancer Care wish to promote.
We believe that all breast cancer patients should have these techniques available to them.
Oncoplastic surgery is a technical advance of the last decade to increase the number of breast conservation procedures for patients who would otherwise have been forced to have mastectomy. In some places, the mastectomy rate is < 10% for breast cancer.
Immediate breast reconstruction has been available for some time in Australia, however it is performed in only one quarter of cases eligible. Both of these techniques can be carried out by the treating surgeon in the local hospital. Using both of these techniques, patients may avoid having to live without a breast, or the need to travel to a major centre to have reconstructions performed.
Our Goal is to provide the training opportunities for all breast cancer surgeons to learn oncoplastic surgery and immediate breast reconstruction.
For futher information:
Factors predictive of immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy for invasive breast cancer in Australia. by Roder D, Zorbas H, Kollias J, Pyke C, Walters D, Campbell I, Taylor C, Webster F. Breast. 2013 Dec;22(6):1220-5. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2013.09.011. Epub 2013 Oct 13;PMID: 24128741
Factors predictive of treatment by Australian breast surgeons of invasive female breast cancer by mastectomy rather than breast conserving surgery. Roder D, Zorbas H, Kollias J, Pyke C, Walters D, Campbell I, Taylor C, Webster F; Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2013;14(1):539-45; PMID: 23534791
Platinum multidisciplinary breast cancer care or platinum breast reconstruction? Brennan ME, Spillane A, Flitcroft K, Snook K, Wong A; ANZ J Surg. 2014 Sep;84(9):604-5. No abstract available; PMID: 25302350
Increasing breast reconstruction rates by offering more women a choice. Wong A, Snook K, Brennan M, Flitcroft K, Tucker M, Hiercz D, Spillane A; ANZ J Surg. 2014 Jan-Feb;84(1-2):31-6. doi: 10.1111/ans.12471; PMID: 24450788
Training breast surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. Spillane A. ANZ J Surg. 2013 Sep;83(9):597-8. doi: 10.1111/ans.12322. No abstract available.; PMID: 23998462
Uptake and predictors of post-mastectomy reconstruction in women with breast malignancy–systematic review. Brennan ME, Spillane AJ.; Eur J Surg Oncol. 2013 Jun;39(6):527-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2013.02.021. Epub 2013 Mar 15. Review, PMID: 23