Mr Ross was senior author of three papers and chaired the Breast Speciality Group meeting. We are always trying to improve recovery times for patients and we have been able to show that the enhanced surgical recovery pathway has helped to reduce recovery. For melanoma, sentinel node biopsy has increased the ability to detect small volume disease. It remains a valuable tool and we are able to more clearly define the implications of individual cell detection within pathological specimens to better define outcomes. For large head and neck cancers often there is a need to sacrifice the facial nerve. We have used a new technique using tissue from the arm and combination with a vascularised tendon to help improve function in patients postoperatively.
During the breast speciality group meeting there was discussion about the ongoing need for improved oncoplastic training and education. There was much discussion about the need for increased oncological teaching for plastic surgeons in oncology and integration with breast surgeons in mdt’s in order to improve outcomes for patients.