Currently, training across Europe in Breast Surgery is very heterogeneous. Most often, surgical training certification is achieved after 4-6 years of residency training, which is usually of mixed content. Consequently, at the time of certification, many surgeons will have spent very little time doing breast surgery but will be able to undertake breast surgery, despite a lack of training in this discipline.
BRESO wishes to enhance breast surgery training across Europe, harmonising training and improving standards from the current very variable level.
BRESO aims to promote accredited specialist breast surgical care for breast cancer patients and women at high risk of breast cancer by offering a dedicated certification programme in breast cancer surgery.
To achieve this goal, BRESO has a widely inclusive approach gathering representatives from leading educational, training, research and accreditation organisations. It thrives to work in a collaborative manner, keeping in mind the best interests of our patients across Europe.
BRESO is keen to collaborate and communicate with patient organisations and policymakers, establish strategic directions for the group and lobby for European recognition of breast cancer surgery as a surgical oncology subspecialty.
Find out here fellowship opportunities in breast units within EuropeMore
To meet aspirations for comprehensive cancer control, healthcare organisations must consider certain requirements, paying particular attention to multidisciplinarity and patient-centred pathways from diagnosis, to treatment, to survivorship. The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists (EUSOMA) recently published in open access an update of the milestone paper "The requirements of a specialist breast center".
A paper developed by members of the "Transforming Breast Cancer Together" initiative highlighting the challenges in accessing appropriate treatment and care as well as the psychological and social challenges. The paper also provides resources on how to tackle these challenges.
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