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ESSO Advanced Course on Breast Cancer Surgery

28-30 September, 2017 - Closed

Venue: Naples

Aims of the course

This highly interactive workshop is at the cutting edge of current concepts of surgical treatment of breast cancer. It will focus on the evidence-based clinical practice and technical aspects of breast cancer surgery within a multidisciplinary approach.

The programme will include state-of-the-art lectures, meet-the-expert type workshops and case discussions aiming at facilitating the interaction between participants and teachers.

Ideal participants

  • Senior residents (last two years of specialisation with clinical interest in breast cancer)
  • Surgical oncologists
  • Breast surgeons within 5 years after ending specialisation residency
  • Medical and radiation oncologists with 3-5 years of experience in the treatment of breast cancer patients

Main topics

  • Breast imaging and diagnostics, including screening
  • Tailored treatment of DCIS and other risk lesions (LCIS, ADH, etc)
  • Management of breast cancer in older and younger women
  • Management of BRCA gene carriers and high risk women including risk assessment, enhanced screening, risk reducing surgery and chemoprevention
  • Breast cancer in pregnancy
  • Sentinel node biopsy: technical aspects, intraoperative nodal assessment and localisation techniques
  • Treatment options for patients with positive sentinel nodes: role of radiotherapy and risk scoring algorithms. Management of the axilla in the neoadjuvant setting
  • Axillary lymph node dissection: controversy, indications and technical aspects i the post Z11 and Amaros era

Educational methods

  • Workshops
  • Video-based discussion sessions
  • Case-based discussions
  • Plenary lectures

This course is closed