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The deadline is: August 15, 2018

Scientific Program - Debate Highlights

Debate: That decisions regarding NAST should be based on TN stage rather than breast cancer subtype
TN stage: Bruce Mann, Australia
Breast cancer subtypes: Stephen Johnston, UK 
Debate: That 10 years of AET is overtreatment
Yes: Janice Tsang, Hong Kong
No: Nicole McCarthy, Australia

Debate: That RT after WE for DCIS is usually overtreatment
Yes: Laura Esserman, USA
No: Lori Pierce, USA
Debate: That BreastScreen Australia requires urgent and radical reform
Yes: Alexandra Barratt, Australia
No: Bruce Mann, Australia
Debate: That all patients with axillary nodal disease pre-NACT should have axillary dissection or radiation
Yes: Yvonne Zissiadis, Australia
No: Jane O’Brien, Australia
Debate: That gene carriers diagnosed with cancer should be strongly advised to undergo bilateral mastectomy
Yes: James French, Australia
No: Christopher Pyke, Australia
Debate: That neoadjuvant RT prior to TM/reconstruction is a better approach than post-mastectomy RT
Yes: Caroline Baker, Australia
No: Boon Chua, Australia
Debate: That IORT is ready for prime time
Yes: Dennis R. Holmes, USA
No: Michael Chao, Australia
Debate: That percutaneous ablation is a useful treatment option in early breast cancer
Yes: Dennis Holmes, USA
No: Andrew Spillane, Australia
Debate: Margins: That “no tumour on ink” is a dangerous over-simplification
Yes: Ian Campbell, New Zealand
No: Raghu Ram, India

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Pre-Congress Workshops – Thursday, October 11, 2018

Congress participants are invited to attend MIBC's cutting edge pre-congress workshops.
Morning Workshops Afternoon Workshops
From concept to publication: Clinical trials in breast cancer
This workshop will provide an overview of the components of the conduct of interventional or observational clinical trials in breast cancer.
At the end of the workshop, it is expected that attendees will have a broad understanding of: How to identify and define a research question, How to write a protocol, How to prepare an ethics submission, The importance of collecting the right data, How to record and analyze your results, How to collaborate with colleagues, nationally and internationally, How to present and publish your research.
Managing breast cancer in resource poor locations
This workshop will highlight some challenges faced by clinicians managing breast cancer in resource poor locations both within Australia and in our region. We will hear from the surgeon setting up a first BC service in our nearest neighbour East Timor – where there is no mammography, pathology or opioids! As well as the challenges in our most populous neighbour India and in our own backyard in our remote and indigenous populations in Australia and New Zealand.
Pathology – shades of grey: When the answer is non-definitive
This workshop will focus on the “grey areas” of pathology and will include the spectrum of lesions from Atypia to DCIS and Lobular Neoplasia, Spindle Cell Lesions, ER, PR and HER2 testing controversies, and the relevance of grade in the prognosis of cancer.
Radiation oncology
This workshop promises to be an excellent opportunity with world-renowned international radiation oncologists in breast radiotherapy teaming up with local radiation oncologists and drilling down into three controversial topics in breast cancer management.
The challenging patient
This fascinating workshop will explore “The challenging patient” and how to manage them: those who refuse conventional treatment, present late with “denial”, want “over treatment”, go “doctor shopping” or repeatedly miss appointments and then present in crisis. We will address maximising treatment acceptance; working with patients within the limitations of agreement and minimising patient and clinician stress. What is the role of Dr Google and what legal obligations do we have?
The tortuous road to diagnosis
A look at some of the difficult and controversial aspects of breast cancer diagnosis including appropriate breast imaging, uncertainties in pathology, investigating a new breast lump, and deciding when surgery or observation is best for the patient. This is an interactive workshop, and audience participation is encouraged.

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To register for one or more of the workshops, please visit the registration page.


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