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Breast Unit Guidelines

The requirements of a specialist breast unit

1. Introduction

In October 1998 in Florence the First European Breast Cancer Conference took place, jointly organised by the European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer Breast Cancer Cooperative Group (EORTC-BCCG), the European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA) and Europa Donna. Delegates agreed a consensus on research, genetic predisposition, psycho-social status, treatment and notably quality of care.

'The Florence Statement' [1] demanding that all women have access to multidisciplinary breast clinics based on populations of around 250,000; also it called for mandatory quality assurance programmes for breast services. With the intention of assuring a high quality specialist service Europe-wide, a working party was established to consider what should comprise a specialist service. These resulted in the publication of The 'Requirements of a Specialist Breast Unit', which represents the opinion of the European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA) and EORTC on the standards required for forming high quality Breast Units across Europe [2].

These Guidelines have been generally well received and have been influential in the introduction of the multidisciplinary working in several countries. 'The Brussels Statement' [3], following EBCC-2 drew attention to these guidelines and demanded that processes of accreditation of breast units be implemented. The importance of the establishment of multidisciplinary breast units was again stressed in 'The Hamburg Statement' [4], which followed EBCC4. Attention was drawn to the approval given to this in the European Parliament (OJC 68 E (18.03.2004), p.611).


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San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. 5th-9th December 2017 , San Antonio,Texas,USA

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Breast Cancer Symposium
5th-9th December 2017
San Antonio,Texas,USA

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