Jennifer Gass, MD, chief of surgery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and a breast surgeon with the Breast Health Center in the hospital's Program in Women's Oncology, recently completed a one-month sabbatical in Paris with the world-renowned breast surgeon Krishna B. Clough, MD, medical director of the Paris Breast Center.
The sabbatical is key to making the novel surgical technique available to breast cancer patients through Women & Infants, which is the first facility in New England using this new approach to breast and cosmetic preservation.
Dr. Gass traveled to Paris to gain hands-on experience with Dr. Clough, who has been a pioneer in the field of oncoplastic surgery, a surgical approach that combines the best techniques from plastic surgery with oncologic surgery to remove breast cancer. The oncoplastic approach helps the breast surgeon reshape the remaining breast, either by redistributing the volume lost when the cancer is removed through the remaining breast, or by using other tissue to refill the space. The end result is a cancer-free breast that looks natural.
Dr. Clough, who trained in the United States and France, was chief of the Department of General and Breast Surgery at the Curie Institute when he resigned in 2005 to found the Paris Breast Center, the first facility in France dedicated to breast surgery and breast cancer.
Continuing his research, Dr. Clough and a small group of European surgeons created the concept of oncoplastic surgery. At the Paris Breast Center, oncoplastic surgery was fully integrated as a multidisciplinary treatment and is now considered one of the main recent advances in breast cancer surgery.
"Many women with breast cancer know they need to have surgery to remove the disease but they are afraid of looking disfigured after surgery," explained Dr. Gass, who is also who is also director of the Breast Fellowship at Women & Infants and an assistant professor of surge
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