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.


The ANTHEM study is a new project that aims to compare the clinical and patient reported outcomes of oncoplastic breast conserving surgery (therapeutic mammaplasty and local perforator flaps) and mastectomy with or without breast reconstruction in patients not considered suitable for simple/level 1 breast conserving surgery.  It will be a non-randomised study with patients making an informed decision for oncoplastic breast conservation or mastectomy with or without breast reconstruction following discussions with their surgical teams.

We will aim to follow up both groups to compare clinical and patient reported outcomes and hopefully, longer term; oncological safety.  This work builds on the TeaM and iBRA-2 studies and the comparison paper recently published in the BJS. It is funded by ABS and the Bristol Charity, Above and Beyond and we will be applying for CRN portfolio status.

To determine the feasibility of the study, we would like to explore the current practice of oncoplastic breast conserving surgery in the UK.

To help with this, we would like ABS members to complete the ANTHEM Oncoplastic Breast Conservation National Practice Survey on behalf of their unit by clicking on this link

Please only complete ONE survey per unit and it will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in the prospective cohort study, there is a section at the end of the survey or please e-mail me or Charlotte Davies (

Cancer, Fertility and Me is a new patient decision aid that has been developed to help women of reproductive age (16 years and older) make important fertility preservation treatment decisions before starting cancer treatment. It is hoped that the resource will additionally assist cancer and fertility professionals when engaging in fertility preservation conversations with their patients.

The resource is available online and in print-based format and is freely available. It has been developed at Leeds Beckett University, in collaboration with a number of healthcare professionals, charities, academics and lay partners from across the UK.

The team would now like to gather feedback from cancer and fertility professionals in relation to your thoughts on this resource. We would like you to complete a short questionnaire, which will take approximately 10 mins to complete. To access the resource and complete the questionnaire please click hereThank you.

The Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health is currently developing a new clinical guidline Breast Cancer and Contraception.  As part of the development process they are surveying health professionals caring for women with breast cancer.  If you have experience of contraceptive discussions with women they would like to know what guidelines (if any) you are currently using and what you believe is important for inclusion in the new guidelines.

To complete the survey please click here

The breast team at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth would be most grateful if you could complete this short survey looking at radiological follow up after breast cancer surgery.  We are aiming to investigate follow-up protocols across the UK, to identify variations in practice.  It is anonymous, and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.  To complete the survey please click here

This one off survey takes up to 10 minutes to complete.  

Please e-mail to express an interest


The Corona-pandemic poses extra challenges to the organisation of health care in general and breast cancer care in particular. While several guidelines have been published, every centre needs to adapt the organisation to the specific local situation. If and how outcomes of currently treated breast cancer patients will be remains to be evaluated in the future.

A European consortium (EUBreast, led by Thorsten Kuehn and Philip Poortmans) is asking breast units/ centres across Europe to complete a short survey, which will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.  Where exact data are not available they appreciate a best estimation.  They are asking units to complete the survey within the same week (26th April) to give a ‘snapshot’ in time.

To complete the survey please click here

Ewa Majdak-Paredes Consultant Plastic Surgeon from Edinburgh Breast Unit and St John's Hospital would like to invite ABS members to complete this 10-question survey about information on BIA-ALCL and responsibilities towards patients who had or are planning to have surgery involving silicone breast implants. To complete the survey please click here

The Surgical Psychology and Performance Group are conducting a national survey to establish the incidence and impact of performance anxiety amongst UK surgeons. It has ethical sponsorship from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has been approved by the Health Research Authority and Oxford University Central University Research Ethics Committee.

Currently only 3% of responses are from breast surgeons and they would like to obtain a representative cross-section of all UK surgical sub-specialties. In addition to anxiety, the survey addresses perfectionism and wellbeing and should not be limited to just those who experience surgical performance anxiety.

You can also read a RCS Bulletin article discussing performance anxiety in surgery here 

 To complete the survey click here


Contrast enhanced mammography (CESM) is an emerging breast imaging technique; both in research and clinical practice.  The breast team at the University of Dundee is keen to capture and surgical and radiological experience of this form of mammography.  In this regard they would be very grateful for your time in completing this short survey.  Answers are anonymous and the survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.

Please click here to complete the survey

Peter Mallon, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Belfast City Hospital, would like to ask ABS members to complete a short survey on metastatic breast MDTs.  As there are more confirmed and suspected metastatic patients being discussed at MDT meetings he is exploring the possible development of a dedicated metastatic Breast MDT in his Trust.  He is keen to know the prevalence of dedicated metastatic breast MDTs across the UK.

To complete the survey please click here


The Royal Marsden is conducting a survey of all breast surgeons and their practice in relation to treating local recurrence or ipsilateral breast cancer in a previously treated breast with BCT (WLE + RT).  They would like to collect this information on individual surgeon's experience to better understand current practice and thinking on this topic as well as to guide future research.

The survey involves three different scenarios and should take about 5 minutes to complete.  All responses will be anonymised.  If you choose to give your e-mail address at the end of the survey this will be received separate from your responses.

To complete the survey please click here

There is clear evidence of deviation from evidence-based guidelines and worse outcomes in the treatment of older women with breast cancer. The Brighton ans Sussex University is recruiting breast cancer specialist surgeons, trainees, and nurses to help them better understand and improve the care of older women with breast cancer in a climate of an aging NHS.

A PhD project at Brighton and Sussex University is conducting a survey looking at age associations and decision-making processes to further their understanding of treatment variations and inform a further study which hopes to improve treatment decision-making processes for older women with breast cancer. The study uses an Age Implicit Associations Test and hypothetical patient scenarios.

All participants can receive feedback of their Age Implicit Associations score.

This should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

Any questions or queries please email Daisy Neal at

If you would like to take part or find out more, please click here

Scheflan Plastic Surgery in Israel is conducting a survey on plastic surgeons' attitudes towards explantation without replacement in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients.

To complete the survey please click here

Dual tracer technique is considered as the Gold Standard for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy.  However there is significant variability in the tracers used across various breast units in the UK.  This survey is intended to assess the variability in the tracers for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in breast surgery.  To complete the survey please click here