AECIMA Conference 2012
The II AECIMA Annual Meeting finished with a consensus guideline on margins for breast-conserving surgery.

The II Annual Meeting of the Spanish Association of Breast Surgeons, held in Barcelona, was closed with a consensus guideline on the necessary margins for breast-conserving surgery, which will be published soon.

The Annual Meeting gathered over a hundred experts from all over the world, and some of the topics discussed were the following: prevention and treatment of lymphedema; management of ductal carcinoma in situ; planning of the type of surgery according to the need of subsequent radiation therapy in patients with breast cancer and genetic mutation.

During the Annual Meeting a new tool was launched, developed by the Vall d’Hebron Hospital, in collaboration with other centers, that allows for the calculation of the probability of finding positive non-sentinel axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer presenting positive sentinel lymph node(s). This method uses the value of the overall tumour burden of the sentinel lymph nodes calculated via OSNA (one-step nucleic acid amplification).

II AECIMA Conference
Moreover, Dr Benigno Acea, chair of the Association, presented the third edition of Surgical Oncology of the Breast: Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Techniques. This works is expected to be a useful tool that allows the surgeon to select the most suitable procedure for each patient, as well as to plan and execute all of the surgical techniques described.

Soon all AECIMA associates will have at their disposal the special contents of the Annual Meeting, such as the material of the presentations, photos and other documents.