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17 Mar 2021
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Breast Cancer Education Series

De-escalation in the curative breast cancer setting - is this even possible? If so, when?

The VCCC Breast Cancer Education Series is back in 2021. The monthly masterclasses will continue to focus on key issues in breast cancer management, including areas where there is recent change and uncertainty, and where multidisciplinary decision-making is essential for optimal patient care.

The first masterclass will centre around on the contentious topic of de-escalating therapy. Hear from a panel of experts who will cover areas including:


  • Beyond hypofractionation, does fractionation matter?
  • Is there a role for partial breast radiotherapy?
  • Is it ever safe to omit radiotherapy altogether?

Systemic therapy

  • Anthracycline or no anthracycline?
  • Are we any closer to omitting chemotherapy in luminal disease?
  • Doing less in HER2 disease? Or are we choosing to do even more? 

Facilitated by Professor Bruce Mann, VCCC Research & Education Lead – breast cancer

Presentations by

  • Yael Marks
    Radiation Oncology Registrar, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Dr Belinda Yeo
    VCCC VCCC Research & Education Lead – breast cancer
    Radiation Oncologist, Austin Health

Panel discussion 

  • Dr Steven David
    Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Dr Keelan Byrne
    Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Dr Richard de Boer
    Consultant medical oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Wednesday 17 March