Welcome to the 2021 Chicago Breast & World Lymphedema Surgery Symposium!

This program will identify, discuss, and demonstrate complex breast reconstruction and lymphedema therapies within the framework of creating and maintaining multidisciplinary relationships. The standard of care for breast cancer and for lymphedema span multiple disciplines, including surgical oncology, plastic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, breast radiology, as well as rehabilitation. Outcomes are optimized for patients when multidisciplinary care is well-coordinated.

Symposium faculty will illustrate concrete examples of successful patient care through coordinated intervention by detailing individual procedures and analyzing steps in patient care. We will also discuss techniques and challenges encountered in various surgical procedures. Following the symposium, participants will be able to differentiate when to use various breast reconstruction and lymphedema procedures as well as how to facilitate new relationships across disciplines and professions to promote improved patient outcome.


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•    Visit at least 8 of our 14 virtual exhibit booths in the Exhibit Hall
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There will be one lucky winner drawn at the closing session Saturday!


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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

•  Describe the most appropriate therapies for breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema;

•  Identify multidisciplinary strategies for addressing complex patient diagnoses in the areas of lymphedema and breast cancer;

•  Recognize optimal patients for pre-pectoral implant reconstruction;

•  Select donor sites for autologous tissue reconstruction;   
•  Determine the expected outcomes of lymphedema treatment using case studies and evidence-based guidelines;    

•  Relate how to perform various surgical treatments of lymphedema;

•  Describe the clinical and physiological impact of autologous breast reconstruction to restore patient's functional mobility and quality of life in terms of physical and occupational therapy;

•  Determine opportunities to collaborate in interprofessional teams to enhance the quality of patient care and clinical outcomes in the therapeutic areas of breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema;    

•  Outline common surgical techniques used during breast and lymphedema surgery;

•  Recognize current concerns and trends in lymph node transfers for breast cancer patients undergoing active surveillance;

•  Analyze the role of radiation and reconstruction in breast cancer care.

Accreditation Information

Physician Credit 

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist Credit

The University of Chicago Medical Center is a licensed continuing education provider with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy, license # 216-000030. All participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance. This course is approved for 25.25 continuing education hours for licensed therapists (PT, PTA, OT, or COTA) in Illinois. The University of Chicago Medical Center has not applied to any other state for therapist CE credit. Participants will need to do this individually through their jurisdiction outside of Illinois.

Other Healthcare Professions Statement 

 Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.