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Dear Colleagues,

On the behalf of Board of Directors, it is a pleasure to announce that we are starting a new online educational project for surgeons dealing with breast cancer called “Breastics24h”. This project aims to attract general, plastic and reconstructive surgeons as well as gynecologists who are involved in the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer. It is a sponsor-free global project involving eight specialty-specific bodies including societies, academies and web-based organizations from eight different meridians/time zones of the world. Group for Reconstructive and Therapeutic Advancements (GReTA, Italy), iBreastBook (UK), Oncoplastic Academy (OA)-Brazil, American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), Breast Surgeons of Australia & New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ), Chinese Breast Cancer Society (CBCS), Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI) and Senology Academy-Turkey (SENATURK) are equal partners of this new web-based initiative.

The name “Breastics24h” stands for “Breast Oncoplastic Surgery around 24 hours”. So, this event will be around the clock event following the daylight starting from Central Europe on 25th September 2021 Saturday at noontime UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), moving on to the West, making a full turn around the globe and finishing at Eastern Europe on 26 September 2021 Sunday at noontime UTC. The language of the meeting will be English and the registration is free. These dates are specifically chosen for the audience’s convenience as they are equinox time where days and nights are almost equal at both southern and northern hemispheres.

The aim of Breastics24h is to provide education to those who are at the beginning of their training in breast surgery. Since the definition of oncoplastic surgery covers two outcome measures as a whole which are adequate resection of cancer burden in the breast with acceptable and satisfactory cosmetic outcome after repairing the remaining gland, the objectives of this 24-hour event are to learn the basics of adequate excision and optimal repair methods without disregarding the cosmetic appearance of the breasts as a whole as well as to understand the principles of the holistic approach to the patients without neglecting their expectations on relevant grounds, but with avoiding unnecessary excess surgery.

Very eminent and highly experienced surgeons and faculty members from all around the world will take roles in this organization as tutors by giving lectures, demonstrating videos of different surgical techniques, communicating at structured panels, discussing different and interesting cases, performing role-plays and answering your questions. The core scope of the meeting will be indications, planning, shared decision-making, preparation for surgery, marking, surgical techniques, intraoperative problem-solving, immediate postoperative care, issues related to adjuvant treatments, complication prevention & management, critical-thinking & long-term outcomes (oncological, cosmetic, quality-of-life & satisfaction).

We do hope to see you attending Breastics24h and meet our global faculty next September.

Board of Directors

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