Bowen at Breast Cancer Conference

Published: 19 Jan 2016

Burton King's innovation with regards to axillary surgery for breast cancer was presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, an international scientific symposium for interaction and exchange among basic scientists and clinicians in breast cancer management, on 08 December 2015.

The symposium is one of the biggest breast cancer conferences in the world, attracting more than 7000 attendees from more than 90 countries.

The Breast Centre, at Bowen Hospital had a poster and presentation at the conference. 

This was well received with lots of interest. We have described an operation for preserving the fascial layers of the axilla to avoid the need for axillary drains following breast cancer surgery.  We intend a further research programme to develop a model of these fascial plains to find out how this complex axillary mechanism influences lymphatic flow.  Ultimately we hope to have a better understanding of what causes swelling or lymphoedema of the arm following axillary surgery.



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