On this page you will find a list of surveys from, or endorsed by, ABS members.

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If you would like to submit a survey to gain input from the ABS membership please email the survey to

All surveys must be from, or endorsed by, an ABS or Mammary Fold member. Approved surveys will also be circulated in the ABS newsletter or monthly bulletin emails.


A team of researchers in Nigeria (Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, National Hospital Abuja, University College Hospital Ibadan) and Ghana (Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Accra, Komfe Anokye Teaching Hospital Kumasi) in partnership with the British Foundation for International Reconstructive Surgery and Training (BFIRST) are conducting a questionnaire survey to determine the inter-specialty competencies required for effective collaboration within a breast cancer multidisciplinary team. 

They believe that by collectively identifying and addressing the competencies essential for a multidisciplinary approach, they can improve patient outcomes and positively impact the healthcare landscape in our communities.

This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete

To complete the nurse competencies survey please click here

To complete the surgical competencies survey please click here

This survey is led by Dr Raghavan Vidya (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust) in collaboration with Dr Bruno Mazuquin (Manchester Metropolitan University).

They would like to invite you to take part in their survey exploring rehabilitation following breast reconstruction. Guidelines from the UK Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) recommend that all patients should have early access to specialist physiotherapy, including pre-operatively, to prevent and treat upper limb morbidities, particularly when extensive reconstruction surgery is required. However, findings from a previous survey with UK physiotherapists suggest that patients having a breast reconstruction in the UK NHS have very limited access to postoperative rehabilitation.

Please complete the survey here

James Worsfold from Colchester Hospital has designed a survey to take a national snapshot of sustainable practice in breast surgery.

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The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust are seeking clinicians' perspectives on SBRT for oligometastatic breast cancer. Given variations in international practices, this survey aims to understand referral patterns and treatment approaches for SBRT in oligometastatic breast cancer with a view to informing future clinical trial design.

All clinicians involved in referring or treating oligometastatic breast cancer patients with SBRT are invited to participate including Medical Oncologists, Clinical Oncologists and Breast Surgeons. It'll take approximately 15 minutes.

Please click here to participate

The UCL Strength Guideline Research Group would like to ask healthcare practitioners to complete their quick survey about their knowledge of strength-based physical activity.

The project has received ethical approval (UCL Ethics Committee - ethics number 5938) and no identifiable information will be collected. No one will gain financially from the data collected or subsequent publications.

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A group of surgeons and oncologists based at the Nottingham Breast Institute have been discussing challenges surrounding the placement of surgical clips at time of surgery for patients with breast cancer.  The aim of this questionnaire is to collate information about current practice in the UK and internationally relating to surgical clip placement at time of surgery and also on the use of surgical clips for radiotherapy planning.

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The “SYMMETRI” Trial (SYnchronous MaMmoplasty Effectiveness TRIal) seeks to evaluate the quality of life and health economic benefits of dual consultant two team immediate bilateral mammoplasty versus delayed symmetrisation mammoplasty. The traditional view was to delay symmetrisation to enable the impact of radiation therapy to be assessed. However, there may be advantages to immediate symmetrisation both for the patient and the wider NHS. The team at Imperial College London are keen to find out views on symmetrisation mammoplasty, especially regarding when symmetrisation is being performed, by whom and whether this in the immediate (timed with therapeutic mammoplasty) or delayed setting.

Please complete the survey here


An optical coherence tomography (OCT)-Raman prototype is currently being developed by a multidisciplinary team with members from the University of Nottingham, the University of Kent and Nottingham University Hospitals.

The device will be designed to assess the presence or absence of residual mammary carcinomas in excised surgical samples and potentially sentinel axillary lymph node biopsies during surgery.

This questionnaire aims to gather key information from users regarding their desired use cases in order to establish the necessary capabilities of OCT-Raman for intra-operative detection of positive margins in breast conserving surgery.

Please complete the survey here

Following on from the recent Mastitis and Mammary Abscess Management Audit (MAMMA) the MAMMA-VAD team are looking into ways of improving the management of breast abscesses and considering different approaches into doing this including a multi-centre pilot study to investigate the benefits of ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted drainage as an alternative to surgical incision and drainage.
They have compiled a brief survey aimed at breast surgical and breast imaging teams with some very straightforward questions about breast abscess management (and whether you agree/disagree etc).

Complete the survey here

The breast services team at Portsmouth University Hospital are performing a survey of breast units across the country, to determine the current routine tracers used for sentinel lymph nodes mapping in breast cancer patients.

The aim of this survey is to understand the rationale for use of single or dual tracer for identification of sentinel nodes in breast cancer and quantify the occurrence of adverse reactions.

This is a short survey, intended to be completed very quickly. Please complete the survey here

The FLAME (FLAt symmetry after Mastectomy for brEast cancer) study aims to develop an agreed national pathway for how best to support women who wish to have a contralateral mastectomy for symmetry. As part of this project, the breast surgery research team at the University of Bristol want to understand how individual units currently manage patients requesting contralateral mastectomy for symmetry, what local pathways exist, whether symmetrising mastectomies are funded and how this varies across the UK.

They would be very grateful if you would complete this short survey ONE PER UNIT, and all who complete will be PUBMED citable on any resulting publications.

This work has the support of the Flat Friends patient group. Please complete the survey here