Symposium Description

The Chicago Breast Symposium & World Symposium Lymphedema Surgery will identify, discuss and demonstrate complex breast reconstruction and lymphedema therapies within the framework of creating and maintaining multidisciplinary relationships.

The standard of care for breast cancer and for lymphedema span multiple disciplines, including surgical oncology, plastic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, breast radiology, as well as rehabilitation. Outcomes are optimized for patients when multidisciplinary care is well coordinated. Symposium faculty will illustrate concrete examples of successful patient care through coordinated intervention, by breaking down individual procedures and analyzing steps in patient care. Faculty will also discuss technique and challenges encountered in various surgical procedures.

Following the symposium program, registrants will be able to differentiate when to use various breast reconstruction and lymphedema procedures as well as how to facilitate new relationship across disciplines to promote improved patient outcome. 

Learning Objectives:

1.   Describe the most appropriate therapies for breast cancer, breast reconstruction and lymphedema;

2.     Recognize optimal patients for pre-pectoral implant reconstruction;

3.     Identify multidisciplinary strategies available for addressing complex patient diagnoses;

4.     Select donor sites for autologous tissue reconstruction; 

5.     Determine the expected outcomes from treatment of lymphedema based on analyzed case studies and examples; 

6.   Relate how to perform various surgical treatments of lymphedema; 

7.   Describe the clinical implications and physiological impact of autologous breast reconstruction in terms of physical and occupational therapy in an effort to restore patient's functional mobility and quality of life;

8.   Determine opportunities to work collaboratively in interprofessional teams to enhance the quality of patient care and clinical outcomes in the therapeutic areas of breast cancer, breast reconstruction and lymphedema; and

9.   State how to apply knowledge of different patient diagnoses to own clinical practices.

Target Audience:

The target audience includes physicians, residents and fellows as well as nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and mid-level providers in the specialties of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, General Surgery, Breast Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Lymphedema.

The University of Chicago Medicine

The University of Chicago Medicine has been at the forefront of medical care since 1927, when we opened our doors to the first patients. Located in historic Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, the medical campus includes the Center for Care and Discovery, Comer Children’s Hospital, Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital for adult inpatient care, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine. The University of Chicago Medicine also has outpatient locations throughout the Chicago area.

University of Chicago Medicine physicians are members of the University of Chicago Physicians Group, which includes more than 700 physicians and covers the full array of medical and surgical specialties. Our physicians are faculty members of the Pritzker School of Medicine.

These organizations are headed by Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine, and executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago.