Pre-Congress Workshops

Thursday, October 15, 2022

Morning Workshops

1. Breast cancer in young women: Understanding differences to optimise outcomes

Whilst less than 10% of all breast cancer diagnoses occur in women under the age of 45, the management of breast cancer in these women is challenging and complex.  This workshop, aimed at all attendees will cover issues unique to younger women such as fertility and early menopause, and endeavour to help participants understand the differences specific to this cohort of women, so as to facilitate the best outcomes.

2. New frontiers in diagnosis

A workshop on emerging/cutting edge technologies and their role and applications in breast cancer diagnostics (radiology and pathology) from regional and international experts.

3. Bioethical Dilemmas 

Bioethical dilemmas in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. This case-based workshop will explore some bioethical dilemmas in breast cancer research ethics, human dignity and patient care in the context of the growing presence of AI, genetic testing, and the world of social media.

Afternoon Workshops

4. Hereditary breast cancer

This workshop aims to provide the tools to effectively integrate hereditary risk assessment into practice. The identification of genetic predisposition syndromes has significant implications for cancer screening, surgical treatment, systemic treatment and psychological impact on the patient and their choices. This workshop is aimed at providing a practical approach to the management and implications of hereditary breast cancer.

5. Oncology 101: All your questions answered in medical oncology and radiation oncology in breast cancer management


  1.  Medical oncology: Neoadjuvant/adjuvant chemotherapies, endocrine and targeted agents when and why, common adverse effects.
  2. Radiation oncology: breast XRT terminologies and a walk-through of the breast XRT, radiation oncology fundamentals, modern techniques, fractionation/boost why and when, side effects.
  3. Case based discussion with a surgeon moderator: How are decisions made? Chemotherapy choice/patient selection/XRT boost/fractionation/regional nodal targets/what information is needed from the multidisciplinary team to make these decisions (includes questions)?

6. Challenging communication

We all have challenging patients, and face situations that test us ethically, emotionally and psychologically; knowing the best approach is often difficult.  How do you continue to care for patients who don’t want to be cared for? How do you continue to respect a patient’s wishes and desires, even if what they are asking is against what you know to be true or is against your own beliefs, morals and experience?  How do we tell a young mother of two that we have run out of treatment options?
This workshop, aimed at anyone who looks after patients with breast cancer, will draw on our clinical experts’ experiences and address how best to manage these patients within the context of the multidisciplinary team.  Our experts will provide practical tips on how to face these situations head on, within the boundaries of professionalism.

To register for one or more of the workshops, please visit the registration page.