Breast Cancer & Coordinated Care or BC3 is one of the premier breast cancer conferences! Held in Washington DC annually it attracts local as well as world renowned clinicians, researchers, academics and educators. 2011 was the inaugural BC3 conference.
Attendees will hear different models for coordination of breast cancer from major centers across the USA. They will also hear arguments for and against treatments such as nipple-sparing mastectomy in the patient with breast cancer and the timing of reconstruction vis-a-vis postmastectomy radiation therapy. The meeting’s intent is not only to educate the faculty and attendees about the wide range of options available
for breast cancer coordinated care, but also to encourage the development of more standardized treatment strategies and protocols in the local treatment of breast cancer.
✲ be aware of the pros and cons regarding prophylactic mastectomy, as well as the pros and cons regarding nipple-sparing in both prophylactic and therapeutic mastectomy.
✲ understand surgical techniques designed to improve the likelihood of nipple preservation and reduce the risk of flap or nipple necrosis with mastectomy.
✲ have a more complete understanding of the impact of reconstruction on post-mastectomy radiation delivery and, conversely, of the impact of post-mastectomy radiation on prior reconstruction.
✲ learn different philosophies regarding radiation delivery including new techniques and how to minimize side effects to the surrounding tissue.
✲ obtain a better understanding of the arguments regarding re-staging patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy and the pros and cons of downstaging based upon response to chemotherapy pre-mastectomy on the subsequent treatment plan, the scope and power of oncoplastic surgery in the patient who undergoes breast conservation therapy for breast cancer, and the arguments in favor of a coordinated team approach in oncoplastic surgery to maximize the cosmetic and oncologic outcomes.
✲ become familiar with different methods of breast reconstruction including implant based reconstruction, flap-based reconstruction, and microsurgical-assisted free flap reconstruction.
✲ become aware of the proper patient selection and timing for these procedures as well as the evolving role of alloplastic materials in breast reconstruction both in terms of enhancing and facilitating device reconstruction of the breast, as well as reconstructing the abdomen after flap harvesting.
Certificates of Attendance for CME and Contact Hours will be issued ONLINE, after BC3 2012 has occurred and hours of online attendance are verified. ONLINE attendance of this conference via PORTAL Education still allows claiming of CME/CPD points for attendees from the United States, Australia and for some Medical Personnel worldwide. This activity has been been approved by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for approval within their CPD program. Fellows of RACS can claim one point per hour up to a maximum of 15 points in Category 4 . If you are outside of the United States and Australia then you should confirm CME/CPD requirements with your relevant Registration Bodies.
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