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Breast. 2018 Oct 22;43:18-21. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2018.10.006. [Epub ahead of print]

How to become a breast cancer specialist in 2018: The point of view of the second cohort of the Certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer (CCB2).

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1
Breast Center, University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Electronic address: giacomo.montagna@usb.ch.
2
Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.
3
Department of Radiation Oncology, St Lukas Hospital, Tarnow, Poland.
4
Medical Oncology Department, Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia.
5
Hospital Haroldo Juacaba, Fortaleza, Brazil.
6
Department of Oncology, Hospital Adventista de Belem, Belem, Brazil.
7
Clinic for Oncology and Radiotherapy, Clinical Center of Montenegro, Montenegro.
8
Department of Gynecology, Angeles Del Carmen Hospital, Guadalajara, Mexico.
9
Department of Medical Oncology, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, England, United Kingdom.
10
Department of Oncology, Hospital Center of Argenteuil, Argenteuil, France.
11
Department of Oncology, Cairo University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt.
12
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital, LMU Munich, Munich, Germany.
13
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, GZO Spital Wetzikon, Wetzikon, Switzerland.
14
Department of Radiation Oncology, Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan.
15
Department of Surgery, Nagvekar Hospital and Charitable Trust, India.
16
Oncology Department, University Hospital of Parma, Parma, Italy; Experimental Therapeutic Group, Vall D'Hebron Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain.
17
Department of Breast Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery, Maria Sklodowska- Curie Institute - Oncology Center, Warsaw, Poland.
18
Department of Oncology, Hospital Divino Espirito Santo de Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal.
19
Breast Unit, Setúbal Medical Centre, Setúbal, Portugal.
20
Breast Center, Schwarzwald-Baar Klinikum, Villingen-Schwenningen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
21
National Oncology Center Baku, Baku, Azerbaijan.
22
Breast Unit Jessa Hospital, Hasselt, Belgium.
23
Department of Oncology, North Estonia Medical Centre, Tallinn, Estonia; Department of Oncology, East Tallinn Central Hospital, Tallinn, Estonia.
24
Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples "FedericoII", Naples, Italy.

Abstract

Breast cancer (BC) is the most frequent cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer death in females worldwide. Rapid research advancements add to the complexity of treatment options for this disease. It is known that the quality of patients' care is deeply affected by healthcare professionals following these advancements. There is a growing need for academic education to increase clinical knowledge and skills of physicians treating BC patients. The certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer Program (CCB) is a Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) organized by the European School of Oncology in cooperation with Ulm University (Germany), which focuses on both the clinical and scientific competence required for improving quality in the management of BC patients. This paper describes the experience of the second CCB cohort (CCB2), which brought together 24 physicians from four continents who shared the common will to improve their competence and skills in BC treatment.

KEYWORDS:

Academic training in breast cancer; Breast cancer; Breast cancer specialist; Lack of multidisciplinary training; Physicians' education in breast cancer

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