Scheduled Posters

“Educational Needs in Reconstruction of Head and Neck Defects in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Do Surgeons Want to Learn?”

Pier-Luc Beaudoin, Johan Fagan, Éric Bissada, Akram Rahal, Tareck Ayad

Abstract

Intro:

Head and neck cancer represents a growing threat in the low to moderate-income countries. The situation is particularly difficult in sub-Saharan Africa where patients present with late diseases. Countries affected are not able to face the burden and the lack of reconstructive options is part of the challenge.

Objective:

Describe the reconstructive practice of African head & neck surgeons (H&NS). Evaluate their need and interest in learning new surgical procedures.

Methods:

Electronic survey distributed to 45 H&NS in 12 countries.

Results:

There were 32 respondents. 67% stated that they have to offer non-surgical treatment because of a lack of reconstructive options.  H&NS showed greatest interest in learning the supraclavicular, the latissimus dorsi and the platysma flaps among others.

Conclusion:

Surgeons showed interest in learning a broad range of pedicled and free-flaps.This project is a crucial step toward the development of appropriate educational tools for our colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, the audience will:

  • Learn about the burden of HNC in LMICs
  • Understand thechallenges associated with surgical treatment of head and neck cancer in LMICs
  • Learn about the reconstructive practice of African H&NS

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Scheduling Details

Posters can be seen in the Gray/Palmer/Pope Ballroom. This room will be open on Sunday, June 12 from 09:00 to 17:00, and on Monday, June 13 from 09:00 to 16:00.

Authors' Contact Details

Corresponding Author: Dr. Pier-Luc Beaudoin

Senior Author: Dr. Tareck Ayad

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