Publications- A/Prof Meagan Brennan

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Heilat G, Brennan M, French J. Update on the management of early breast cancer. Australian Journal of General Practice. (Accepted for publication)

Kanesalingam K, Sood S, Samarasinghe P, Elder E, Brennan M, French J. Meybodi F.  Postmastectomy radiotherapy and immediate implant-based breast reconstruction: Attitudes and practices of Australian and New Zealand breast surgeons. ANZJS. 2019; (accepted for publication)

Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Spillane A. The impact on Australian women of lack of choice of breast reconstruction options: A qualitative study. Psycho-Oncology. 2019;28(3):547-552.

Brennan ME, Spillane AJ. Breast symptoms in adolescents and young adults presenting to a specialist breast clinic. AJGP.2019;48(3):146-151.

Brennan MEMy patients prepared me well. (Reflection) Medical Journal of Australia. 2019;210(3):115-116.

Oh DD, Flitcroft K, Brennan ME, Snook K, Spillane AJ. Outcomes of breast reconstruction in older women: Patterns of uptake and clinical outcomes in a large metropolitan practice. ANZJS. 2019;89(6):706-711.


Oh DD, Flitcroft K, Brennan ME, Snook K, Spillane AJ. Patient-reported outcomes of breast reconstruction in older women: Audit of a large metropolitan public/private practice in Sydney, Australia. Psycho-Oncology. 2018 Dec;27(12):2815-2822.

Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Spillane A. Decisional regret and choice of breast reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer: A systematic review. Psycho-Oncology. 2018 Apr;27(4):1110-1120.


Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Costa D, Spillane A. Regional variation in immediate breast reconstruction rates in Australia. BJS Open, 2017. 1: 114–121. DOI: 10.1002/bjs5.19

Brennan ME. Breast cancer in ethnic minority groups in developed nations: Case studies of the United Kingdom and Australia. Maturitas 2017;99:16-19.

Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Spillane A. Making decisions about breast reconstruction: A systematic review of patient-reported factors influencing choice. Qual Life Res. 2017 Sep;26(9):2287-2319.

Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Spillane A. Women’s expectations of breast reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer. A systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Aug;25(8):2631-2661.

Brennan ME, McKessar M, Snook K, Burgess I, Spillane AJ. Impact of selective use of breast MRI on surgical decision-making in women with newly diagnosed operable breast cancer. The Breast 2017;32:135-43. Abstract

Lawler S, Maher G, Brennan M, Goode A, Reeves MM, Eakin E. Get Healthy after Breast Cancer – Examining the feasibility, acceptability and outcomes of referring breast cancer survivors to a general population telephone-delivered program targeting physical activity, healthy diet and weight loss. Supportive Care in Cancer (published online).


Brennan ME, Flitcroft K, Warrier S, Snook K, Spillane AJImmediate expander/implant breast reconstruction followed by post-mastectomy radiotherapy for breast cancer: Aesthetic, surgical, satisfaction and quality of life outcomes in women with high-risk breast cancer. The Breast 2016;30:59–65. Abstract

Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Costa D, Spillane A. Documenting patterns of access to breast reconstruction in Australia: The National Picture.  The Breast 2016;30:47-5.

Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Costa D, Wong A, Snook K and Spillane A. An evaluation of factors affecting preference for immediate, delayed or no breast reconstruction in women with high-risk breast cancer. Psycho-oncology 2016; 25(12):1463-1469.

Brennan ME, Houssami N. Discussing the benefits and harms of screening mammography. Maturitas. 2016;92:150-153. Abstract

Brennan ME. The role of clinical breast examination in cancer screening for women at average risk: A mini review. Maturitas 2016;92:61-63. Abstract

Flitcroft K, Brennan M, Spillane A. The difficulties of sourcing Australian health data: The case of breast reconstruction. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2016 Jul;86(7-8):537-9.

Oh DD, Flitcroft K, Brennan ME, Spillane AJ. Patterns and outcomes of breast reconstruction in older women – a systematic review of the literature. EJSO 2016;42(5):604-615.

Brennan ME, Butow P, Spillane AJ, Boyle FM. Patient reported quality of life, unmet needs and care coordination outcomes— moving towards targeted breast cancer survivorship care planning. APJCO 2016 Jun;12(2):e323-31.


Brennan ME, Boyle FM, Butow PN, Spillane AJ. Evaluation of a survivorship care plan: Long-term use, care coordination and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Management. 2015;4(3):145-157. Abstract


Brennan ME, Butow P, Spillane AJ, Boyle FM. Survivorship care plans in breast cancer: systematic review. Br J Cancer 2014;111(10):1899-908. Abstract

Brennan ME, Spillane AFlitcroft K, Snook K, Wong A. Platinum multidisciplinary breast cancer care or platinum breast reconstruction? ANZJS 2014;84(9):604-605. Journal

Jefford M, Mann GB, Nolte L, Russell L, Brennan M. Follow up of women with early stage breast cancer. Current Breast Cancer Reports. 2014;6(3):183-192. Abstract

Wong A, Snook K, Brennan M, Flitcroft K, Tucker M, Hiercz D, Spillane A. Increasing breast reconstruction rates by offering more women a choice. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2014; 84: 31–36. Abstract


Spillane A, Brennan M. Comparison of the sentinel node procedure between patients with multifocal and unifocal breast cancer in the EORTC 10981-22023 AMAROS Trial: Identification rate and nodal outcome. Breast diseases (1043-321X), 24 (4), p. 366. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly, Vol 24 issue 4, 2013 p366-368. Journal

Brennan MESpillane AJ. Uptake and predictors of post-mastectomy reconstruction in women with breast malignancy–systematic review. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2013 Jun;39(6):527-41. Abstract

Brennan M, Houssami N. Thermography in breast cancer diagnosis, screening, and risk assessment: Systematic review. Breast Cancer Management 2013; 2(2):163-172. Abstract Summary article on our website

Cusack L, Brennan M, Baber R, Boyle F. Menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors: Management update. British Journal of General Practice 2013;63(606):51-52. Free full text pdf available on web

Marinovich ML, Macaskill P, Irwig L,Sardanelli F, von Minckwitz G, Mamounas EP, Brennan ME, Ciatto S, Houssami N. Meta-analysis of agreement between MRI and pathologic breast tumour size after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. BJC 109: 1528–1536. Abstract

Marinovich ML, Houssami N, Macaskill P, Sardanelli F, Irwig L, Mamounas EP, von Minckwitz G, Brennan ME, Ciatto S. Meta-analysis of Magnetic Resonance imaging in Detecting Residual Breast Cancer After Neoadjuvant Therapy. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 105(5):321-33. Abstract


Brennan M, Houssami N. Newly diagnosed early breast cancer – An update on pre-operative assessment and staging. Aust Fam Physician. 2012 Nov;41(11):871-4. Free full text pdf

Brennan ME, Houssami N. Evaluation of the evidence on staging imaging for detection of asymptomatic distant metastases in newly diagnosed breast cancer. The Breast 2012;21:112-23. Abstract

Marinovic ML, Sardanelli F, Ciatto S, Mamounas E. Brennan M, Macaskill P, Irwig L, von Minckwitz G, Houssami, N. Early prediction of pathologic response to neoadjuvant therapy in breast cancer: Systematic review of the accuracy of MRI. The Breast 2012 Oct;21(5):669-77. Abstract

Cusack L, Moore K, Brennan M, Weissenberg L. Breast clinic triage tool: Telephone assessment of new referrals. The Breast 2012; 21(2): 215-7. Abstract


Brennan M, Butow P, Spillane AJ, Marven M, Boyle FM. Follow up after breast cancer -views of Australian women. Aust Fam Physician. 2011 May;40(5):311-6. Free full text pdf

Spillane AJBrennan ME. Accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy in large and multifocal/multicentric breast carcinoma–a systematic review. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2011. Abstract

Brennan ME, Butow P, Marven M, Spillane AJ, Boyle FM. Survivorship care after breast cancer treatment–experiences and preferences of Australian women. Breast. 2011 Jun;20(3):271-7. Abstract

Brennan ME, Turner RM, Ciatto, S, Marinovich,ML, French JR, Macaskill P, Houssami N. Ductal carcinoma in situ at core-needle biopsy: meta-analysis of underestimation and predictors of invasive breast cancer. Radiology 2011 Jul;260(1):119-28. Abstract [Listen to interview on Radiology website]

Brennan ME, Houssami N.  Overview of long term care of breast cancer survivors. Maturitas. 2011;69:106–112. Abstract

Cusack L, Brennan MELactational mastitis and breast abscess in general practice. Australian Family Physician 2011;40(12):976-9. Free full text pdf


Brennan ME, Butow P, Spillane AJ, Boyle FM. Survivorship care after breast cancer: follow-up practices of Australian health professionals and attitudes to a survivorship care plan. Asia Pac J Clin Oncol. 2010 Jun;6(2):116-25. Abstract

Houssami N, Macaskill P, Marinovich ML, Dixon JM, Irwig L, Brennan ME, Solin LJ. Meta-analysis of the impact of surgical margins on local recurrence in women with early-stage invasive breast cancer treated with breast-conserving therapy. European Journal of Cancer 2010; 46:3219-32. Abstract

Elder EE, Brennan M. Nonsurgical Management Should be First-Line Therapy for Breast Abscess. World J Surg. 2010; 34(9):2257. [No abstract] Journal


Spillane AJBrennan ME. Australia’s national breast screening program 18 years on: time for a new direction? ANZ J Surg. 2009 Oct;79(10):674-6. [No Abstract] Journal

Brennan MSpillane A, Houssami N. The role of breast MRI in clinical practice. Aust Fam Physician. 2009 Jul;38(7):513-9. Free full text pdf

Spillane AJBrennan ME. Minimal access breast surgery – A single breast incision for breast conservation surgery and sentinel lymph node biopsy. 2009;Eur J Surg Oncol 35(4):380-386.  Abstract

Brennan ME, Houssami N, Macaskill P, Irwig L, Dixon JM, Warren RM, Irwig L, McCaskill P, Dixon JM.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging screening of the contralateral breast in women with newly diagnosed breast cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis of incremental cancer detection and impact on surgical management. J Clin Oncol. 2009;27(33):5640-9. Abstract


Spillane AJBrennan ME. Minimal access breast surgery – A single breast incision for breast conservation surgery and sentinel lymph node biopsy. The Breast 2008;17:206. Conference abstract

Brennan M, Butow P, Spillane A, Boyle F. Survivorship care after breast cancer. Aust Fam Physician 2008; 37: 826-830. Free full text pdf

Brennan ME, French JR.  Thyroid lumps and bumps.  From: Australian Family Physician 2007;36(7);531–536.  Translated into Polish and published in Lekarz Rodzinny 2008;125(1):74-81. Abstract

Brennan MEFrench JR. Intra-operative ultrasound-guided hook-wire localisation for impalpable breast lesions. The Breast;17(2):271-279. Conference abstract


Brennan M, Spillane AJ. The breast physician: an example of specialisation in general practice. Med J Aust. 2007 Jul 16;187(2):111-4. Free full text pdf

Brennan M, Spillane AJ. The evolving role of the breast physician in the multidisciplinary breast team. ANZ J Surg 2007; 77 (10), 846–849. Abstract

Brennan ME, French JR.  Thyroid lumps and bumps.  Australian Family Physician 2007;36(7):531–536. Free full text pdf

Bulliard C, Murali R, Chang  A,  Brennan ME,  French J. Subcutaneous dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans in the skin of the breast: may mimic a primary breast lesion.  Pathology 2007:Aug;39(4):446–8. [No abstract]

Houssami N, Boyages J, Stuart K, Brennan M. Quality of breast imaging reports falls short of recommended standards. The Breast 2007;16:271–279. Abstract

Brennan MERobinson K, Brand A, Kirk J. A multidisciplinary risk management clinic for women at high genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer—Experience and evaluation. The Breast 2008;17(2):207.Conference abstract


Brennan ME, Houssami N.  Image-detected ‘probably benign’ breast lesions: a significant reason for referral from primary care.  The Breast 2006;15:683–6. Abstract

Brennan M, Black E, French J, Boyages J. Breast cancer: guiding your patient through treatment. Australian Family Physician 2006;35:117–20. Free full text pdf

Stuart K, Brennan M, French J, Houssami N, Boyages J.  Life after Breast Cancer. Australian Family Physician 2006;35:219–24. Free full text pdf

Lam T, Brennan M, French J.  Cosmetic breast surgery.  Australian Family Physician 2006;35:423–8. Free full text pdf


Brennan M, Houssami N, French J. Management of benign breast conditions (Part 1- Painful Breasts). Australian Family Physician 2005;34:143–6. Free full text pdf

Brennan M, Houssami N, French J. Management of benign breast conditions (Part 2– breast lumps & lesions). Australian Family Physician 2005; 34:253–5. Free full text pdf

Brennan M, Houssami N, French J. Management of benign breast conditions (Part 3-Other breast problems). Australian Family Physician 2005;34:353–7. Free full text pdf

Houssami N, Brennan M, French J et al. Breast Imaging: Guidance for general practice. Australian Family Physician 2005;34:467–73. Free full text pdf

Bilous M, Brennan M, French J et al. Making sense of breast pathology. Australian Family Physician 2005;34:581–586. Free full text pdf

Houssami N, French J, Brennan M et al. Breast Cancer: New & emerging technologies for diagnosis and management. Australian Family Physician 2005;34:657–61. Free full text pdf

Brennan M, Wilcken N, French J, Ung O, Boyages J. Management of early breast cancer: the current approach.  Australian Family Physician 2005;34:755–9. Free full text pdf

Brennan M, French J, Houssami N, Kirk J, Boyages J.  Breast Cancer in young women.  Australian Family Physician 2005;34:851–5. Free full text pdf

Stuart K, Boyages J, Brennan M, Ung O.  Update on the Management of Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Australian Family Physician 2005;34:949–594. Free full text pdf

Ahern V, Brennan M, Kefford R, Ung O.  Locally advanced and inflammatory breast cancer.  Australian Family Physician 2005;34:1027–32. Free full text pdf

Kirk J, Brennan M, Houssami N, Ung O.  Approach to the patient with a family history of breast cancer. Australian Family Physician 2005; 34: 43-7. Free full text pdf