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Type: Journal article
Title: Clinical impact of oncoplastic surgery in a specialist breast practice
Author: Kollias, J.
Davies, G.
Bochner, M.
Gill, P.
Citation: ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2008; 78(4):269-272
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1445-1433
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J. Kollias, G. Davies, M. A. Bochner and P. G. Gill
Abstract: Background: Oncoplastic breast surgery is an integral and fundamental component of the clinical management of breast cancer. The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of oncoplastic and reconstructive breast cancer procedures undertaken within a specialist breast practice. Methods: An audit of breast-related cancer procedures was undertaken for patients with early breast cancer between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2005, treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and in private practice. The proportion of oncoplastic and breast reconstructive procedures was calculated to determine the clinical effects on a specialist breast-surgical practice. Results: Breast cancer resection procedures accounted for 1514 of 2113 of operations (72%). Most of these (897 of 1514, 59.2%) were wide local excision or re-excision procedures. Total breast reconstruction operations (i.e. autogenous tissue flaps, tissue expander/implant reconstructions) accounted for 251 procedures. Of these, 67 (26.7%) were carried out at the time of simple mastectomy. Contralateral breast procedures (i.e. reduction mammaplasty, mastopexy and augmentation) accounted for 138 procedures and nipple–areola reconstruction/tattoo accounted for 153 procedures. Oncoplastic procedures, such as skin-sparing mastectomy, latissimus dorsi miniflap and therapeutic mammaplasty accounted for 57 of 599 procedures (9.5%). Breast reconstruction and oncoplastic operations accounted for 599 of 2113 procedures (28%). Conclusion: Specialist breast surgeons trained in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic techniques can expect a substantial proportion of their breast practice to include such operative procedures (28% in this series). Subspecialist training in breast surgery should incorporate experience in breast reconstructive and aesthetic surgery for trainees who wish to practise as specialist breast surgeons in the future.
Keywords: breast
Description: Journal compilation © 2008 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2008.04435.x
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