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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Surgeons specializing in breast cancer can now receive training in advanced oncoplastic procedures from the School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS). The school is one of the nation’s top continuing medical education programs. It is the first and only one in the United States to offer educational certification in oncoplastic surgery, the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery available.

Surgeons from across the nation will gather for a sold-out course in Newport Beach, Sept. 14-16, 2018, to continue their training in oncoplastic surgery. The course will primarily focus on advanced oncoplastic techniques to improve outcomes with breast conserving surgery.

Since 2007, the school has brought together experts from around the world to train course attendees on the various aspects of oncoplastic surgery. The two-and-a-half-day course – which provides more than 20 hours of certified medical education (CME) credits – instructs surgeons on how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.

“After more than a decade of teaching the course, there are now enough surgeons with a strong foundation in basic oncoplastic principles who want to further their skills and learn more advanced procedures,” said Gail Lebovic, M.D., the school’s founder and course director. “As the leader in oncoplastic surgery education, SOS is proud to offer this opportunity for surgeons to build on what they’ve already learned and go deeper on several important topics.”

“The main focus of the new course is on breast conservation and how we can make breast conserving surgery available to more women,” Dr. Lebovic added.

The keynote address at the Sept. school will be delivered by world-renowned surgeon Melvin Silverstein, M.D., the pioneer of oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery in the United States. Dr. Silverstein is the Medical Director of the Hoag Breast Center and holds the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in Newport Beach.

Other notable speakers include well-known radiation oncologist Robert Kuske, M.D., who will discuss the growing trend toward partial breast radiation protocols, including updated radiation therapy guidelines from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). As part of the radiation therapy portion, attendees will learn techniques for implanting the BioZorb® 3D bioabsorbable marker. BioZorb is an implantable device that can be used with oncoplastic cavity closure for partial breast reconstruction. By providing permanent 3D visualization of the tumor site, the device can also make it possible to utilize more targeted radiation techniques.

The course will, for the first time, also include demonstrations by a nipple tattoo artist in the breast reconstruction lab. According to Dr. Lebovic, nipple tattooing on the reconstructed breast is a simple procedure that surgeons can add to their practice to benefit patients who have their nipple-areolar complexes removed.

“It’s a very straightforward procedure once you’ve been trained, and it makes a huge difference for women in terms of their body image and appearance,” said Dr. Lebovic.

The School of Oncoplastic Surgery offers a core curriculum of essential topics and rotates in well-known and new faculty members for each training.

“After 37 years of doing breast surgery, I initially attended the course because I wanted to provide my breast cancer patients with better cosmetic results,” said Jack Traylor, M.D., a surgeon in Huntington, W.V. who attended two courses in the past year. “The skills I’ve gained through these courses have enabled me to do more breast conserving surgery – with excellent cosmetic outcomes – for cases that would have previously required mastectomy. I went back to learn more advanced techniques and will continue to attend courses in the future to keep myself current on the latest advances in oncoplastic surgery.”

Oncoplastic surgery combines breast cancer surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic results. OPS can help surgeons increase the number of women who are eligible for breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy). In this way, the cancer removal can be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction, augmentation, lift, mastectomy or reconstruction, taking into account patient preference and clinical circumstances.

About the School of Oncoplastic Surgery & Dr. Gail Lebovic

Gail Lebovic, M.D. founded the School of Oncoplastic Surgery in 2007 with a grant from the Mary Kay Ash Foundation. SOS focuses on a multidisciplinary and practical “hands-on” approach to training surgeons in oncoplastic breast surgery techniques. It was the first and is the only oncoplastic surgery educational program in the US that incorporates a full-day anatomy lab as well as a full day of didactic lectures led by world-renowned pioneers in oncoplastic surgery.

As the first female oncoplastic surgeon in the US, Dr. Lebovic is an internationally known authority in using reconstructive and plastic surgery approaches in the surgical treatment of breast cancer. A past president of the American Society of Breast Disease, she has received several distinguished awards and is also the inventor of multiple successful medical technologies in women’s healthcare.

DALLAS – Surgeons can now receive educational certification in oncoplastic surgery – the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery – through the School of Oncoplastic Surgery.

The school brings together experts from around the world and across the nation to learn the various aspects of oncoplastic surgery. The two-and-a-half day course – which provides a minimum of 20 hours of certified medical education (CME) credits – instructs surgeons on how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.

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Among the many improvements in the care of women who have breast cancer, one of the most promising is oncoplastic surgery.This approach combines methods to remove cancer with reconstructive techniques to insure complete tumor control. At same time it achieves better aesthetic outcomes.

This month’s upcoming School of Oncoplastic Surgery will help surgeons develop new skills they can use when performing breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) on patients with breast cancer. The three-day course will be held Jan. 22-24, 2016 in Dallas.

LAS VEGAS – Breast surgery experts from across the nation will gather in Nevada this September to learn oncoplastic surgery, now the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery available. The two-and-a-half-day course to be held by the School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS) will instruct surgeons how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.

“We’ve reached a point where breast surgeons need oncoplastic skills, because women are living long healthy lives after breast cancer surgery, and they want to preserve their femininity,” said SOS founder/course director Gail Lebovic, M.D.

The course will be held Sept. 8-10, 2016 at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev.

Oncoplastic surgery (OPS) trains surgeons to save as much of the natural tissue as possible without compromising removal of the cancer. Reconstructive techniques are also addressed during the course, so that surgeons can offer their patients an opportunity to continue looking good without compromising their health or survival after being treated for cancer.

“The reason I came to the SOS course is that breast surgery is heading in this direction,” said A. J. Beisler, M.D., a surgeon in Bellefontaine, Ohio, who attended the January course. “When I saw the availability of the anatomy lab, I thought that would be really helpful. It’s one thing to hear people say ‘This is the way I do it.’ It’s another thing to stand there with them and have them take you through it.”

Special elements of the oncoplastic surgery program include:

Full-day anatomy lab. Attendees receive hands-on instruction and gain experience in multiple oncoplastic techniques.
Didactic lectures by experts covering topics in breast surgery & cancer care.
Sculpture lab that uses clay casts from real-life subjects to teach attendees about aesthetics, size, shape and symmetry.
Live models for surgical marking. Attendees learn the skin markings crucial to perfecting the art of OPS.
Networking opportunities with faculty and colleagues. Surgeons work side-by-side with the faculty and network/socialize with each other throughout the course.
Panel discussions. Current controversial topics of significant importance to breast cancer surgeons are discussed in-depth with leaders in the field.

“We’re now entering our 10th year of teaching the course, and those of us who have been in the field for many years realize the importance of passing on our skills to younger surgeons,” said Dr. Lebovic.

She notes from her experience that the most effective way to teach the oncoplastic approach involves unique elements not offered by other educational courses: “That’s why the School of Oncoplastic Surgery is especially rich with hands-on experience that gives surgeons the confidence to use these methods in their own practices.”

Other parts of the course include:

One-to-one instruction from the course’s expert faculty. Instructors include several world-renowned pioneers in OPS.
Introduction to new technologies used in oncoplastic cases. Selected new tools are demonstrated and utilized in the lab.
Instruction on reimbursement coding when performing oncoplastic procedures

“I came to the SOS because even though I’ve been doing breast work for quite a few years, the expectations of patients are changing in terms of cosmetic appearance,” said Denver breast surgeon Jodi Chamber, M.D., FACS. “There are a lot of new techniques out there that quite honestly I have not been using but I’ve been reading about. I wanted to see them first-hand from folks who have been doing them.”

Oncoplastic surgery combines breast cancer surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic results when a lumpectomy is performed. OPS can also be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction, augmentation, lift, mastectomy or reconstruction taking into account patient preference and clinical circumstances.

The School of Oncoplastic Surgery was founded in 2007 by Dr. Lebovic with a grant from the Mary Kay Ash Foundation. Dr. Lebovic is a past president of the American Society of Breast Disease, recipient of several distinguished awards and the inventor of multiple successful medical technologies in women’s healthcare. She currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Focal Therapeutics, Inc.

Henderson, Nevada’s second largest city and site of the course, is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Course information is available at www.2016sos.com. For further information, phone Tiffany Young at (479) 236-9570 or email her: tiffany@breasttreatment.com