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Oncoplastic Surgery: A Breast Surgeon’s Perspective
Oncoplastic Surgery & Your Practice
ASTRO Webinar Series
BrachyBytes Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Kuske, M.D.

Jay Reiff, Ph.D.
Dan Scanderbeg, Ph.D.
John Sweet, M.S. 
Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

Vic Zannis, M.D.

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May 2011

Oncoplastic Surgery: A Breast Surgeon’s Perspective

Gail Lebovic, MDGail Lebovic, MD

Though oncoplastic surgery is well recognized to improve surgical outcomes in a safe and effective manner, only in the past decade has this approach gained widespread acceptance and enthusiasm in the United States. As one of the few surgeons who began practicing in this manner in the early 1990s, Gail Lebovic, MD, is widely considered to be a pioneer in the field.

In this article, Dr. Lebovic shares her views on this emerging subspecialty, including the need for formal training, the importance of multi-disciplinary care, and the myth that brachytherapy and oncoplastic surgery are not compatible. Read more

Stay tuned for next month’s topic, Oncoplastic Surgery: A Radiation Oncologist’s Perspective, with Robert Kuske, MD!

Oncoplastic Surgery & Your Practice

If you’re looking to integrate the principles of oncoplastic surgery into your practice, proper education and training will be essential to your success.

As a pioneer in the field, Dr. Lebovic has authored several articles that can serve as practical guides for  physicians in the process of adopting this approach.

A Creative Approach to Breast Cancer Management

Outlines preliminary guidelines for standardized training, provides an overview of clinical indications for preoperative MRI and discusses different techniques for patients with large and small breasts.

Current Status and Best Candidates for Treatment

Provides physicians with a broad overview of oncoplastic surgery, including a guide for thorough preoperative assessments; a review of oncoplastic techniques and their applications; and a discussion of oncologic safety.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next School of Oncoplastic Surgery, an educational program sponsored by the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD).

5th Annual School of Oncoplastic Surgery

December 2-4, 2011

Four Seasons Resort

Dallas, Texas

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ASTRO Health Policy Webinar Series 

Want to get the latest on radiation oncology coding and reimbursement? Registration is now open for ASTRO’s health policy webinar series!

Radiation Oncology Reimbursement and Coding Basics

June 9, 2011, 3:00 pm Eastern time

Speakers: Thomas Eichler, MD, and William Noyes, MD 

Learn the basics of radiation oncology CPT codes, modifiers, CCI edits, MUE edits and more.

Coding Frequently Asked Questions

September 15, 2011, 3:00 pm Eastern time

Speakers: William Hartsell, MD, and Gerald White, MS

Receive answers to commonly asked coding questions on treatment planning and simulation, treatment devices, IGRT, physician supervision and more. Registrants can submit questions prior to webinar.

2012 Final Rules Webinar

December 8, 2011, 3:00 pm Eastern time

Speakers: David Beyer, MD, FASTRO, and Najeeb Mohideen, MD

Prepare for the year ahead with a review of major Medicare payment policy and coding changes impacting the practice in 2012.

Pricing:

Each webinar is $99 for members, $199 for nonmembers and free for residents. (Limited resident seats available.)

Space is limited; register now at astro.org/webinars