Continuing Education Credit Information

Conference Description

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women. Diagnosis and treatments are part of the practice of a wide number of medical specialists and there are national initiatives calling for a multidisciplinary approach to the care of breast cancer patients. The multiple components and aspects of the treatment of breast cancer require a high level of coordinated care among different specialties. This coordination becomes even more challenging because of the rapid evolution of new treatment modalities and is especially important due to of the possibility of improved outcomes both in terms of curing the disease, as well as maintaining the physical and psychological well-being of the patient.

The meeting will offer presentations and panel discussions on a number of currently important topics in the local treatment of breast cancer including oncoplastic surgery, the role of prophylactic mastectomy and quality of life as it pertains to survivorship. Experts in the field will cover the state of partial breast irradiation, intraoperative radiation therapy, timing and indications for post-mastectomy radiation, and neoadjuvant chemotherapy and its role in restaging breast cancer.

Additionally, the program will examine nipple-sparing mastectomy both therapeutic and prophylactic, treatment of breast cancer in a previously augmented breast, the status of MRI screening for breast cancer, the effects of reconstruction on the delivery of post-mastectomy radiation, and the evolving role of alloplastic materials in breast reconstruction. It will also cover in depth the state-of-the-art emerging field of lymphatic surgery to treat lymphedema as well as sensory concerns to the most complex reconstructions available covering topics such as sensation sparing mastectomies to restoring sensation with nerve transfers. The latest updates on national trends and data on financial toxicity related to cancer care will also be discussed.

This three-day symposium will evaluate and discuss different models for coordination of breast cancer care from major centers across the United States. The meeting’s intent is not only to educate the faculty and attendees about the wide range of options available for breast cancer coordinated care, but also to encourage the development of more standardized treatment strategies and protocols for the local treatment of breast cancer.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply an evidence-based protocol for the conservative treatment of lymphedema, including primary, adjunctive, and alternative treatments.
  • Identify the new options available to surgically treat patients with lymphedema.
  • Describe different philosophies regarding radiation delivery including new techniques and how to minimize side effects to the surrounding tissue.
  • Identify the patient population who would benefit from genetic testing in breast cancer care.
  • Implement surgical techniques designed to improve the likelihood of nipple preservation and reduce the risk of flap or nipple necrosis with mastectomy.
  • Identify the most common causes of post mastectomy pain syndromes.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of physical and occupational therapists in the continuum of care post-mastectomy.
  • Recognize the radiologist’s role in identifying anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).
  • Identify the epidemiology and current pathogenesis of BIA-ALCL and breast implant illness.
  • Describe different philosophies regarding timing of radiation, radiation delivery and reconstruction and how to minimize side effects.
  • Implement narcotic sparing pathways, such as enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol.
  • Recognize the impact that financial toxicity related to the care of breast cancer can have on access to care and on outcomes.
  • Identify the different methods of breast reconstruction including implant-based reconstruction, flap-based reconstruction, and microsurgical-assisted free flap reconstruction.
  • Recognize the disparities that exist with different populations and their respective access to reconstructive surgery.
  • Identify the importance of the total care of the patient including the financial burden and impact this may have on the healing process.
  • List common anatomic causes of postmastectomy pain.

Target Audience

This program is specifically designed to be a multidisciplinary program and is intended for a wide range of medical practitioners who are interested in the latest information regarding the local treatment of breast cancer. The program is purposely targeted for general, plastic, breast and oncologic surgeons, as well as radiation and medical oncologists. It is also intended for primary care physicians, oncology nurses and practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, genetic counselors, hospital administrators and other members of the healthcare team who have an interest in the treatment of breast cancer patients.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, MedStar Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 12.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

PHYSICIANS: MedStar Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NURSES: This activity is approved for 12.75 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: MedStar Health has applied for American Physical Therapy Association (ATPA) credits.