By David Song, MD
Thanks to aggressive research initiatives and advanced medical technology, the medical community’s understanding and care of breast cancer has improved dramatically over the last several decades.
Patients now have access to diverse, cutting-edge therapies, making their outlook more positive than ever. However, the dynamic nature of breast cancer care requires intimate multispecialty collaboration and an honest discourse on how to advance the care of this patient population.
Every patient is unique and requires a tailored approach.
With so many moving parts in breast cancer care — medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, reconstruction and more — it is incumbent on the medical community to discuss the most pervading and divisive issues affecting our field today.
These issues include the integration of breast reconstruction with adjuvant radiation therapy to boost outcomes for breast cancer patients.
This coordination is not always clear cut and the subject of widespread controversy, which is why it is the theme of the third annual Chicago Breast Reconstruction Symposium on Sept. 20. The standard registration deadline is Sept. 13, though there will be limited onsite registration at the event.
This year’s symposium brings together some of the brightest minds in breast cancer care, including:
• J. Brian Boyd, MD, FRCS, FRCSC, FACS — Chief of plastic surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and professor of surgery at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
• Steven Chmura, MD, PhD — Assistant professor of radiation and cellular oncology at University of Chicago Medicine
• Joseph J. Disa, MD, FACS — Attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and plastic and reconstructive surgery service professor of surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University
• Neil Fine, MD — Clinical associate professor of plastic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Medicine
• Olwen Hahn, MD — Assistant professor of hematology-oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine
• Yasmin Hasan, MD — Assistant professor of radiation and cellular oncology at University of Chicago Medicine
• Steven J. Kronowitz, MD — Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
• Liza C. Wu, MD — Associate professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Health Systems
Our experienced faculty will discuss a wide range of topics related to this theme, including the effects of radiation on delayed reconstruction and autologous vs. alloplastic reconstruction as well as the University of Chicago Medicine’s protocol for pre-mastectomy sentinel lymph node biopsy and what this means for other disciplines in the broader view of a patient’s care.
It is our hope that this all-day exchange will lead to better experiences and outcomes for breast cancer patients the world over. We hope you will join us at this year’s symposium and extend the invitation to your colleagues, residents and fellows. More information, including registration, can be found at the symposium website (https://www.ucmcsymposium.com/).
David Song, MD, is the Cynthia Chow Professor of Surgery, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery with additional training in reconstructive microsurgery. He specializes in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic surgery–a combination of lumpectomy and reconstructive techniques.