Breast surgery is a dynamic field, where treatments evolve and improve over time. Oncoplastic surgery is one of these evolutions which has gained momentum worldwide and is rapidly becoming an expected surgical option for women wishing breast conservation. The benefits of Oncoplastic surgery have been well documented in the literature, ranging from increased rates of breast conservation, improved cosmetic outcomes, superior patient satisfaction and higher self-reported quality of life. These techniques allow for resection of greater tumour sizes with low margin positivity rates, while maintaining cosmetically pleasing breast contours. The Oncoplastic Partnership Workshop (OPW) was created to offer surgeons an opportunity to learn Oncoplastic techniques locally as well as virtually.
Barriers to implementing Oncoplastic surgery include lack of training or plastic surgery support, lack of support from colleagues/institution, need for ongoing longitudinal learning and complex logistics. This course aims to address all these barriers with a combination of didactic lectures, comprehensive videos, case discussions, breast marking tutorials and small group hands-on learning. OPW has run courses using cadaver labs, mastotrainer hands-on sessions, patient volunteers for incision and breast reduction markings and individual silicone breast models to practice surgical techniques.
As a result of the global COVID_19 pandemic, the Oncoplastic Partnership Workshop ran the FIRST EVER Virtual Hands-on course in March 2021, where silicone breast models were mailed to participants and small group live online sessions were used to teach a variety of surgical skills to surgeons across Canada and internationally.
We hope you will join this important movement in Breast surgery, improving the outcomes of breast cancer patients by becoming familiar with options that utilize plastic surgery techniques to improve breast conservation and cosmetic outcomes in your patients. Once familiar with these techniques, we encourage you to practice and gain confidence, seek out colleagues to discuss cases and continue to improve your skills for optimal patient benefit. We encourage you to sign up for any of our upcoming courses to learn what you need to know to become an Oncoplastic Surgeon.
- General Surgeons
- Breast Surgeons
- Surgical Oncologists
The Oncoplastic Partnership Workshop has conducted several hands-on oncoplastic training courses per year since 2016, training over 300 mostly community-based Canadian general surgeons interested in improving their breast surgical skills.
The continued success of the Oncoplastic Partnership Workshop Series has been due to a combination of excellent instructors, dedicated learners and a commitment to learning by our industry representatives. With this in mind, we encourage you to join us in the learning experience and become part of the Breast Oncoplastic community.