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Title: Breast interest group faculty of radiation oncology: Australian and New Zealand patterns of practice survey on breast radiotherapy
Authors: Nguyen, Kimberley ;Windsor, Apsara ;Mackenzie, P.;Allen, A.;Dreosti, M.;Morgia, M.;Zissiadis, Y.;Lamoury, G.
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford Hospital
Issue Date: Aug-2017
Source: 61(4):508-516
Journal title: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Department: Central Coast Cancer Centre
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: This patterns of practice study was conducted on behalf of the RANZCR Breast Interest Group in order to document current radiotherapy practices for breast cancer in Australia and New Zealand. The survey identifies variations and highlights potential contentious aspects of radiotherapy management of breast cancer. METHODS: A fifty-eight question survey was disseminated via the Survey Monkey digital platform to 388 Radiation Oncologists in Australia and New Zealand. RESULTS: In total, 156 responses were received and collated. Areas of notable consensus among respondents included hypofractionation (77.3% of respondents would 'always' or 'sometimes' consider hypofractionation in the management of ductal carcinoma in-situ and 99.3% in early invasive breast cancer); margin status in early breast cancer (73.8% believe a clear inked margin is sufficient and does not require further surgery) and use of bolus in post-mastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) (91.1% of participants use bolus in PMRT). Areas with a wider degree of variability amongst respondents included regional nodal irradiation and components of radiotherapy planning and delivery (examples include the technique used for delivery of boost and frequency of bolus application for PMRT). CONCLUSION: The results of these patterns of practice survey informs radiation oncologists in Australia and New Zealand of the current clinical practices being implemented by their peers. The survey identifies areas of consensus and contention, the latter of which may lead to a development of research trials and/or educational activities to address these areas of uncertainty.
DOI: 10.1111/1754-9485.12566
ISSN: 1754-9477
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Breast Neoplasms
Appears in Collections:Oncology / Cancer

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