2021 Programme

The BIGOSA team is working hard to develop a relevant, varied and interesting programme. In addition to attending livestreamed meeting sessions, you will be able to:

  • Ask questions, participate in polls
  • Read abstracts, speaker information, and session descriptions
  • Interact with other attendees one-on-one
  • Visit exhibitors, download their brochures, and interact with them
  • Access “on-demand” recorded content and catch up on sessions you might have missed

Programme as at 7 October 2021

Saturday, 16 October 2021
07:00 – 07:50
Breakfast Seminar
The role of CDK4/6 inhibitors in HR+ve breast cancer: physician’s choice and patient selection
Richard de Boer
07:50 – 08:10Break
08:10 – 08:15Welcome 
Frank Graewe, LOC Chair 
08:15 – 10:10Session 1 sponsored by

Programme Hosts: Frank Graewe and Jackie Kieck
08:15 – 09:00Imaging in neoadjuvant treatment in advanced breast cancer
Alexandra Athanasiou
09:00 – 09:20Discordant tumour biology/ morphology in primary and metastatic disease
Judith Whittaker
09:20 – 09:40The final cut? Operating on the breast in Stage 4 disease
Shas Čačala
09:40 – 09:50Free Paper 1 – Dysregulation of soluble immune checkpoint proteins in newly diagnosed early breast cancer patients
Bernardo Rapoport
09:50 – 10:00Free Paper 2 – Factors influencing adherence to chemotherapy amongst breast cancer patients at a tertiary hospital in the Western Cape: Healthcare workers’ perspectives
Brigitta Kepkey
10:00 – 10:10Free Paper 3 – The use of serial ultrasound examination for the prediction of pathological complete response in early triple-negative breast cancer patients
Teresa Smit
10:10 – 10:25
Product Theatre
10:25 – 11:10Break
11:10 – 13:35Session 2 sponsored by

Programme Hosts: Judith Whittaker and Heide Hart
11:10 – 11:30The role of radiotherapy in metastatic breast cancer
Brent Green
11:30 – 11:50Breast reconstruction options for advanced breast cancer
Dimitri Liakos
Please note that no recording of this session will be available after the Meeting.
11:50 – 12:00Free Paper 4 – PAM 50 intrinsic subtypes in HIV positive and HIV negative patients with breast cancer
Boitumelo Phakathi
12:00 – 12:10Free Paper 5 – Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of early breast cancer – results of a real-world study
Liezl Heyman
12:10 – 12:20Free Paper 6 – Classification of male breast lesions according to the International Academy of Cytology Yokohama system for reporting breast cytopathology
Melissa Oosthuizen
12:20 – 12:50A trickle to a raging river: The full spectrum of early breast cancer (Case Study)
Moderators: Jenny Edge and Francois Malherbe
Nicole Tacon, Johan Buitendag
12:50 – 13:35Current indications for Breast MRI
Nuala Healy
13:35 – 13:50
Product Theatre
13:50 – 14:35Break
14:35 – 17:00Session 3 sponsored by

Programme Hosts: Francois Malherbe and Jenny Edge
14:35 – 16:35Palliative care for young mothers with advanced breast cancer in association with
Rene Krause
Advance care planning with young mothers
Margie Venter and Memory Munodawafa
Talking to children about dying parents
Tracey Brand
Managing end stage dyspnoea in breast cancer patients
Colleen Cox
Managing breakthrough pain
Dalene van Jaarsveldt
Integrating Palliative Care into hospital settings
Rene Krause
16:35 – 16:55Prize giving and AGM 
16:55 – 17:00Close