Knowledge and opinions on oncoplastic surgery among breast and plastic surgeons

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Lena Carstensen, Michael Rose, Niels Bentzon, Niels Thorndal Kroman

INTRODUCTION: More than 4,000 Danish women are diagnosed with operable breast cancer annually, and 70% receive breast conserving surgery. Without the use of oncoplastic surgery (OPS), 20-30% will get an unsatisfactory cosmetic result. The aim of this study was to illustrate the level of implementation of OPS in Denmark.

METHODS: An electronic questionnaire was sent to breast and plastic surgeons performing breast cancer treatment. The questionnaire included demographics, education, experience with operative procedures and opinions on OPS.

RESULTS: The questionnaire was sent to 50 breast surgeons and 22 plastic surgeons; the response rate was 67%. All breast surgery units had an established cooperation with plastic surgeons. Most breast surgeons used unilateral displacement techniques; plastic surgeons also included breast reduction techniques and replacement with local flaps. Almost all symmetrisation procedures were performed by plastic surgeons. Breast surgeons had sought more specific education, both international observerships and specific courses. In both groups of surgeons, the majority expressed that both tumour removal and reconstruction should be performed by doctors of their own specialty.

CONCLUSION: OPS has become integrated in all breast centres, but has not yet been fully implemented. For optimal results in all patients, this study underlines the importance of the inclusion of a dedicated plastic surgeon within the multidisciplinary team for optimal initial evaluation of all breast cancer patients.

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberA5030
JournalDanish Medical Journal
Volume62
Issue number4
Number of pages5
ISSN2245-1919
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

    Research areas

  • Attitude of Health Personnel, Breast Neoplasms, Denmark, Esthetics, Female, Health Care Surveys, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Incidence, Mammaplasty, Mastectomy, Segmental, Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Life, Risk Assessment, Surgery, Plastic, Surveys and Questionnaires, Treatment Outcome

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