ABS Conference 2017

15th & 16th May, Belfast Waterfront



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Session 1 - Reducing Margin Re-excisions: A MDT Effort

Are margins still important?
Dr Gerry Hanna, Queen's University, Belfast
Should radiologists look harder?
Dr Barbara Dall, St James's University Hospital, Leeds
Are pathologists looking too hard?
Dr Clinton Boyd, Antim Area Hospital
Margin assessment: disruptive innovation or traditional disruptions
Mr Daniel Leff, Imperial Healthcare & Imperial College London
MDT Case Discussions
Mr Edward St John, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Session 2 - Submitted Papers

Outcome following 150 prepectoral implant based breast reconstruction using Braxon (ADM): UK experience
Miss Raghavan Vidya, Royal Wolverhampton Hospital
Magseed - Safety and feasibility study of the use of magnetic marker seeds to localise breast cancers
Mr James Harvey, University Hospital of South Manchester
Three 3D measurements could replace panel assessment for evaluation of aesthetic outcome after Breast-Conserving Therapy (BCT)
Miss Amy Godden, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton
Breast Arterial Calcification on screening mammography can predict clinically significant coronary artery disease (CAD) in the BreastCheck screening cohort
Mr Brendan Kelly, St Vincent's University Hospital
The potential role of three dimensional surface imaging (3D-SI) derived symmetry score of breasts an objective measure of aesthetic outcome after breast conserving therapy (BCT)
Miss Rachel O'Connell, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton
Rates of secondary surgery following immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction in English NHS hospitals: A national cohort study of 13,736 women
Mr Joe O'Donoghue, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dedicated under 35 breast clinic: is this the answer?
Ms Ruvinder Athwal, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
Poor overall survival in male breast cancer patients negative for CK18 and CK19
Mr Sreekumar Sundara Rajan, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology

Session 3 - Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema

Pathophysiology, measurement and non-surgical management of breast cancer related lymphoedema
Prof Jaume Masia, Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau, Barcelona
Myths of lymphoedema, reverse mapping and LYMPHA
Mr Paul Thiruchelvam, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
LVA & vLNT for lymphoedema
Mr Kelvin Ramsey, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Liposuction for lymphoedema
Mr Alex Munnoch, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Session 4 - Clinical Practice & Standards Session

National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP)
Prof Kieran Horgan, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
B3 Guidelines
Prof Sarah Pinder, Guy's Hospital, London
Duty of Candour Legislation: Essential information for all breast units
Mr Giles Cunnick, Wycombe Hospital & Mr Ashu Gandhi, South Manchester University Hospital
Nationwide study of outcomes after DCIS 1971 - 2014
Mr Gurdeep Mannu, University of Oxford
Mrs Jacqueline Jenkins, Programme Manager, NHS breast Screening Programme & Miss Cliona Kirwan, University Hospital of South Manchester

Session 5 - Submitted Papers

Close margins, radiotherapy and outcomes in screen-detected ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
Mrs Karen Clements, The Sloane Project
National Margins Audit - Results of current practice questionnaire
Ms Sarah Tang, St George's Hospital, London
The impact of surgical site infections on breast cancer recurrence rates - single centre experience
Dr Conor Toale, St James's Hospital, Dublin
Variables associated with margin re-excision in breast conserving therapy (BCT) - Results from the National Margins Audit
Ms Sarah Tang, St George's Hospital, London
Tubular and mucinous breast cancer: can sentinel node biopsy be safely omitted?
Ms Elizabeth Morrow, Glasgow University
Digital procedure specific consent forms (OpInform) compared to handwritten surgical consent forms in breast surgery
Mr Edward St John, Imperial College, London
Core biopsy is more sensitive than fine needle aspiration for preoperative axillary staging in invasive breast cancer
Ms Elizabeth Morrow, Glasgow University
Audit of the routine introduction of Oncotype DX testing in a single breast unit
Ms Nikki Green, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Session 6 - EJSO Lecture

Use of robotics in training
Dr Alberto Rancati, Instituto Oncologico Henry Moore, Buenos Aires

Session 7 - Benign Breast Problems - An Update

Granulomatous conditions
Dr Elizabeth Mallon, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Ms Karina Cox, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Ms Jennifer Hu, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
Pseudo-angiomatous sromal hyperlasia (PASH)
Dr Rahul Deb, Royal Derby Hospital
Mr Robert Ashford, University Hospitals of Leicester

Session 8 - Hot Topics 1

Minimally-invasive, sutureless, stereo-guided lumpectomy for small breast cancers and ADH: Making the treatment match the disease
Dr Pat Whitworth, Nashville Breast Center, USA
Social media and medicine
Mr Olivier Branford, Royal Marsden Hospital
Breast conserving surgery versus mastectomy: Is it now time to stop giving patients a choice?
Mr Michael Dixon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Should all hormone receptor positive breast cancer patients be offered extended endocrine therapy?
Prof John Benson, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

Session 9 - BJS Prize Papers

A time for change; the need to modernise breast surgery training. Results of surveys of senior breast trainees and of current consultant practice
Mr Rajiv Dave, Mammary Fold, National Trainee Representatives
Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometry of surgical vapours towards an Intelligent Knife for precision breast surgery
Mr Edward St John, Imperial College, London
Prevalence and tumour characteristics of contralateral breast cancer over 5 years in a tertiary-referral cancer centre
Dr XT Tan, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin
Radioactive iodine-125 seed localisation of breast carcinoma in advance of the day of surgery reduces pre-operative anxiety levels
Mr Robert Pearson, Newcastle Hospital Trust
Development and validation of a predictive risk model for acute skin toxicity in patients undergoing breast radiotherapy
Mr Tim Rattay, University of Leicester
Can axillary node clearance (ANC) be avoided in selected clinically node positive breast cancers (cN+BC) after neoadjuvant therapy (NAT)?
Ms Ilaria Giona, University College London Hospital
A systematic review and meta-analysis of aberrant lymphatic drainage in recurrent breast cancer
Mr Muneer Ahmed, King's College London
Outcomes of primary endocrine therapy for operable breast cancer in the elderly: Initial results from the regional North East study
Mr Robert Thomas, Gateshead NHS Trust

Session 10 - Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

ALCL: A world overview abd reclassification
Dr Mark Clemens, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas, USA
Miss Laura Johnson, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
BIA-ALCL, biofilms and prophylaxis considerations
Dr Roger Wixtrom, LSCI, Springfield, USA
The pathogenesis of ALCL; molecular mechanism & cell of origin
Dr Suzanne Turner, University of Cambridge

Session 11 - Academic & Research Session

Transforming surgical research
Prof Dion Morton, University of Birmingham
Mind the gap - opportunities and priorities for breast cancer surgery research
Mr Ramsey Cutress, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust & Miss Shelley Potter, Royal Liverpool University Hospital & University of Bristol
An exploratory study of breast cancer initiating events in BRCA1 mutation carriers
Mr Stuart McIntosh, Queen's University Belfast
The TeaM (Therapeutic Mammaplasty) Study - A national audit of the pracice and outcomes of therapeutic mammoplasty
Miss Elizabeth Baker, on behalf of the Mammary Fold Academic & ?Research Collaborative & the TeaM Study Steering Group
Intra-operative rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectroscopy for oncological margin control in breast conserving surgery - towards an Intelligent Knife for breast cancer surgery
Mr Daniel Leff, Imperial College London
Can text message reminders improve uptake of breast screening? A RCT
Miss Sarah Huf, Imperial College London
Identifying research through public and patient perspectives and priorities (4Ps Study)
Mr George Boundouki for the North West Trainees Collaborative
Magnetic occult lesion localization (MOLL) for non-palpable breast cancer
Mr Muneer Ahmed, Guy's Hospital, London

Session 12 - Oncology Update

Bone Health and adjuvant bisphosphonates
Dr Catherine Harper-Wynne, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Update on current and future oncology treatments
Dr Mark Harries, Guys & St Thomas' NHS Trust
The interface between acute oncology and breast care nursing
Ms Phillipa Jones, NIHR West Midlands
Examining cognitive functions in breast cancer patients prior to surgery
Dr Helena Harder, SHORE-C, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Session 13 - Society of Irish Breast Surgeons' session: Breast Surgery in the Neoadjuvant Era

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy and breast surgery: A help of hindrance?
Ms Ruth Prichard, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin
Sentinel Node Biopsy - before, after or never with neoadjuvant treatment?
Prof Elizabeth Connolly, St James's University Hospital, Dublin
Case Presentations
Moderator: Prof Michael Kerin, National University of Ireland, Galway. Presenters: Mr Colm Power, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Mr Dhafir Alazawi, St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ms Louise Kelly, Cork University Hospital
Fat grafting after breast cancer surgery
Prof Malcolm Kell, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Session 14 - Symposium Mammographicum session: New imaging techniques - what you need to know

Tomosynthesis - should it be used in routine screening?
Dr Mike Michell, King's College Hospital, London
Shear Wave Elastrography allows fewer biopsies and adds prognostic value
Prof Andrew Evans, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Contrast Mammography in the One Stop Clinic
Dr Sarah Tennant, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
MRI = Mastectomy Rate Increases?
Dr Anthony Maxwell, University Hospital of South Manchester

Session 15 - Mammary Fold Session

Breast surgery and the 2018 general surgery curriculum
Mr Jonathan Lund, Royal Derby Hospital
Incorporating academic and research activity in a consultant career
Mr Stuart McIntosh, Queen's University, Belfast
Experience from an Australian breast surgery fellowship
Miss Isabella Dash
Preparing for a consultant career as a breast surgeon
Mrs Julia Henderson, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Mammary Fold Academic and Research Collaborative update
Miss Shelley Potter, Royal Liverpool University Hospital & University of Bristol

Session 16 - Oncoplastic & Aesthetic Surgery

Milestones and challenges in oncoplastic surgery: A personal view
Mr Dick Rainsbury, Royl Hampshire County Hospital
Revision/salvage augmentation surgery
Dr Alberto Rancati, Instituto Oncologico Henry Moore, Buenos Aires
Innovation in oncoplastic surgery: The crucial role of surgical evaluation - everyone's responsibility
Prof Chris Holcombe, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Session 17 - Personalised Medicine: Biomarkers, biobanking and genomics for the breast surgeon

Biomarkers in breast cancer
Mr Kienan Savage
Biobanking - What? Where? When? And why is it important for breast surgeons?
Dr Jacqueline James, Queen's University Belfast
Molecular diagnostics for the breast MDT
Prof Manuel Salto-Tellez, Queen's University Belfast
Debate: Genomic Medicine - the future of breast cancer?
Prof David Gonzales de Castro, Queen's University Belfast, Dr Elizabeth Mallon, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Session 18 - Nursing Hot Topics

Sexuality after breast cancer diagnosis
Miss Cathy McDaid, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Management of teenagers with breast disease
Mrs Joanna Rowley, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The future of QA visits: What nurses need to know
Mrs Margaret Casey, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
Results of the ABS Nurse Practitioner Survey
Ms Lis Grimsey, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Session 19 - The role of the ABS in promoting research - in memory of Prof Adele Francis

Reflections on trial involvement from a patient perspective
Mrs Maggie Wilcox, Independent Cancer Patients' Voice
Presidential address: The role of ABS in breast surgical research - building on the work of Adele Francis
Miss Fiona MacNeill, President of the Association of Breast Surgery 2015-17

Session 20 - BJS Lecture

Are benign breast changes truly benign?
Dr Amy Degnim, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Session 21 - Hot Topics 2

Paterson - Lessons to be Learnt
Mr Mark Sibbering, Royal Derby Hospital
Faslodex (fulvestrant) 500mg: a new standard of care as first-line endocrine therapy for patients with hormone receptor positive Advanced Breast Cancer
Prof John Robertson, Royal Derby Hospital
First results from the iBRA study; a national multicentre prospective cohort study of 2230 patients having immediate implant breast reconstruction
Miss Shelley Potter, Royal Liverpool University Hospital & University of Bristol
Most quoted, most read and most cited papers of the year
Dr Sheila Stallard, Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow

Session 22 - Submitted Papers

Local retrospective 5 year audit of breast cancer recurrence in patients post surgery (wide local excision/mastectomy) for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (low, intermediate & high grade)
Mrs Karen Ives-Smith, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHSFT
Correlation of BCCT core objective scoring software for aesthetic outcome after breast conservation with panel assessment and patient satisfaction
Miss Rachel O'Connell, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton
Self-directed aftercare: A audit which shows the pilot introduction of patient group recovery health needs assessment clinics being acceptable to our patients and meets the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety five standards
Mrs Eimer McGeown, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Portadown
Challenges of setting up a breast unit in a low to middle income country: Lessons learned from Ghana
Miss Natasha Jiwa, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
Role of the Breast Clinical Nurse Specialist in bilateral risk reduction mastectomy decision-making
Miss Charlotte Weston, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London
Differences in post mastectomy reconstruction rates between Asian and Caucasian patients: a 5 year institutional review
Mr Wisam Ismail
Promoting breast awareness with female teenagers and the provision of breast health lifestyle advice
Mrs Lucy Montgomery, Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Portadown
Short message service (SMS) messaging to a personal device is an acceptable and preferred mode of communication for invitation to surveillance mammography and 'normal' results
Miss Natalia Robson, Royal Bournemouth County Hospital