Mr Amit Agrawal
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

- MBBS,MS (Master of Surgery),FRCS Edinburgh,DM (Doctor of Medicine), Nottingham,PGCHE credits (Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education), Higher Education Academy, FRCS Surgery


Mr Agrawal is currently the only formally trained Consultant OncoPlastic Breast Surgeon in Cambridge (OncoPlastic Surgery combines the science of Oncology with the art of Surgery). Following graduation in 1996 (University of Calcutta), he underwent extensive surgical training culminating in Breast-only Oncoplastic experience in leading centres such as Nottingham, Paris and Brussels. Additionally, he completed laboratory-based research in Breast Cancer at the universities of Nottingham, Cardiff and Sheffield with 75+ publications and presentations. Within a short span, he introduced the following.

Cambridge Breast Unit:

Advanced OncoPlastic Breast Preserving Surgical techniques reconstructive Surgery service (previously only by plastic surgery colleagues)

Breast Surgery Audit mechanisms and meetings and currently spearheading regularisation of "Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMS)", a measure of ensuring highest possible quality of surgery as reported by women themselves.


Lead for Surgical Audit, Cambridge Breast Unit
Founding Director, Cambridge Chest wall perforator flap and breast reconstruction course 
Faculty and Examiner, MSc Oncoplastic Breast Surgery (U of East Anglia) 
Faculty, Oxford OncoPlastic Breast Surgery Course
Expert Reviewer, NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence, UK) Interventional Technology
Ex Lecturer in Breast Surgery, University of Nottingham and has 75+ publications and presentations

Specialist in

Benign Breast conditions - breast pain, lumps, cysts, nipple discharge, infections
Breast Cancer - Surgical Oncology 
OncoPlastic And Reconstructive Breast Surgery - Surgical treatment of breast cancer and at the same time, maintaining and even improving Breast aesthetics and cosmetic outcome.

New Oncoplastic and Reconstructive techniques introduced:

Therapeutic Mammoplasty - cancer lumpectomy with Breast Reduction
Therapeutic Mastopexy - cancer lumpectomy with Breast Lift LiCAP / LTAP /TDAP flaps - partial breast reconstruction with fat-only flap based on chest wall small blood vessels following large lumpectomy, thus maintaining breast shape and avoiding mastectomy in many cases. He is one of the few breast/plastic surgeons in the UK performing this surgery.
Goldilocks Breast Reconstruction - full breast reconstruction using patient's own breast skin without the need for major implant, back flap or abdominal tissue surgery. 
Pre-Pectoral Breast Reconstruction - full breast reconstruction with implant and ADM (Acellular Dermal Matrix i.e. animal derived mesh) placed in front of the chest wall muscle allowing simpler reconstruction with minimal pain and faster recovery.

New Oncoplastic and Reconstructive techniques pre-existing in Addenbrookes but introduced in the Breast Unit include:

Lipomodelling / Fat grafting - liposuction from abdominal wall or thighs and grafting into unavoidable lumpectomy defects or defects that develop after radiotherapy.
Breast Reconstruction - full breast reconstruction with implant and ADM (Acellular Dermal Matrix -  animal derived mesh) and is adept in LD (back muscle) flap


Association of Breast Surgery (ABS), UK
British Breast Group (BBG)
European Society of Breast Cancer specialists (EUSOMA)
Association of Breast Surgery of India (ABSI)
Co-founder & Overseas Adviser, Bangla British Breast Group

Research and Teaching

He gained DM (Doctor of Medicine) degree (University of Nottingham) following laboratory-based research in Breast Cancer in collaboration with the Universities of Cardiff and Sheffield. Further, he has PGCHE (Post-Graduate certification in Higher Education credits, Higher Education Academy, UK). He has 75+ publication   /presentations in National and mostly International Learned Breast Societies. Key ones are as follows:

Assessment and Planning for OncoPlastic and Reconstructive breast surgery: A Review and a proposed Chart Agrawal
Eur J Plast Surgery. 2016 October; 39 (5):321
Biological effects of fulvestrant on estrogen receptor positive human breast cancer: short, medium and long-term effect based on Agrawal A, Robertson JFR, Gutteridge E, Cheung KL, Ellis IO, Nicholson RI, Gee JMW Int J Cancer. 2016 Jan 1; 138(1): 146-59. Epub 2015 Jul 30 [PMID: 26178788]

Book Chapters

World Breast Cancer Report, 2012. Chapter 22: Breast Cancer around the World: United Kingdom Agrawal A, Sibbering DM World Breast Cancer Report, 2012. Pg 229-236. In: Boyle P et al (Eds). International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France. Funded by Susan G. Komen Foundation. 
Fulvestrant - Metastatic disease Agrawal A, Cheung KL, Robertson JFR Oxford Oncology Library. Chapter 5, In: Buzdar AU (ed), Endocrine Therapies in Breast Cancer, Oxford University Press, UK; 2007 September

Technical Innovation

A simple plunger technique for negative pressure during fat harvesting Agrawal A, RasheedJ of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2013 Dec; 67(4):e105-e106

Original Articles

Changing Trends in Consultant Practice and Breast Training in the United Kingdom MaraqaLAgrawal A, Macmillan RD, Gutteridge E, Whisker L, Horgan K, Rainsbury RM, and Association of BreastSurgeons Bulletin of the RCS of England. 2015 Apr; 97(4):E 11-E14(4)
Pilot randomised study of early intervention based on tumour markers in the follow-up of patients with primary breast cancer J Mathew, Prinsloo P, Agrawal A, Gutteridge E, Marenah C, Robertson JFR, Cheung KL The Breast. 2014 Oct; 23(5):567-72 [PMID: 24874285]
Surgical & Oncological outcome after skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction Agrawal A, Grewal M, Sibbering DM, Courtney CA Clin Breast Cancer. 2013 Dec; 13(6):478-81 [PMID: 24119787]
Clinical relevance of “withdrawal therapy” as a form of hormonal manipulation for breast cancer Agrawal A, Robertson JFR, Cheung KL World J SurgOncol. 2011 Sep 9;9(1):101 [PMID: 21906312]
Suppression of ovarian function in combination with an aromatase inhibitor as treatment for advanced breast cancer in premenopausal women Cheung KL, Agrawal A, Folkerd E, Dowsett M, Robertson JFR, Winterbottom Eur J Cancer. 2010 November; 46(16): 2936-2942 [PMID: 20832294]
The effects of Gefitinib in Tamoxifen-resistant &hormone insensitive Breast Cancer: A Phase II study, Gutteridge E, Agrawal A, Nicholson RI, Cheung KL, Robertson JFR, Gee JMW Int J Cancer. 2010 Apr 15; 126(8): 1806-1816 [PMID: 19739079]

Bone turnover markers in postmenopausal breast cancer patients treated with Fulvestrant Agrawal A, Hannon RE, Cheung KL, Eastell R, Robertson JFR The Breast. 2009 June; 18(3):204-7 [PMID: 19464177]
Biological profile of oestrogen receptor positive primary breast cancers in the elderly and response to primary endocrine therapy Okunade G, Green AR, Ying M, Agrawal A, Paish EC, Aleskandrany M, Winterbottom L, Hassell K, Morgan DAL, Ellis IO, Cheung KL Crit Rev OncolHematol. 2009 Oct; 72(1):76-82. Epub 2009 Jun 9 [PMID: 19515574]
Primary endocrine therapy in locally advanced breast cancers- the Nottingham experience  Mathew J, Agrawal A, AsgeirssonKS, Buhari A, Jackson LR, Cheung KL, Robertson JF Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2009 Jan; 113(2): 403-7 [PMID: 18311583]
Can CT scan replace bone scan in detecting bone metastases from breast cancer? A prospective audit Bristow AR, Agrawal A, Burrell HC, Cornford EJ, Evans AJ, James JJ, Hamilton L, Robertson JFR, Chan SY, LawtonPA, Cheung KL The Breast. 2008 Feb; 17 (1): 100-105 [PMID: 17890090]

Serum EGFR and HER2 expression in primary and metastatic breast cancer patients AsgierssonKS, Agrawal A, Allen C, Hitch A, Ellis IO, Chapman C, Cheung KL, Robertson JFR Breast Cancer Research. 2007 Nov 01; 9(6): R75 [PMID: 17976236]

Oesophagogastric cancers secondary to a breast primary do not require resection Ayantunde A, Agrawal A, Parsons SL, Welch NT World J Surg. 2007 Aug; 31(8): 1597-601 [PMID: 17578645]

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced primary breast cancers - The Nottingham experience Mathew J, Asgiersson KS, Agrawal A, Mukherjee A, Cheung KL, Chan SY, Robertson JFR Eur J SurgOncol. 2007 Oct; 33(8): 972-976 [PMID: 17391905]
The Use of LatissimusDorsiMiniflap for Reconstruction following Breast-Conserving Surgery: Experience of a Small Breast Unit in a District Hospital Navin C*, Agrawal A*, Kolar KM [* = equal 1st author contribution] World J Surg. 2007 Jan; 31(1): 46-50 [PMID: 17180559]
Efficacy and tolerability of high dose ethinylestradiol in postmenopausal advanced breast cancer patients heavily pre-treated with endocrine agents Agrawal A, Robertson JFR, Cheung KL World J SurgOncol. 2006 Jul 11; 4(1): 44 [PMID: 16834778]  
“Resurrection of clinical efficacy” after resistance to endocrine therapy in metastatic breast cancer Agrawal A, Robertson JFR, Cheung KL World J SurgOncol. 2006 Jul 5; 4(1): 40 [PMID: 16822312]

Review Articles

Skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction: A Review Agrawal A, Sibbering DM, Courtney CA  Eur J SurgOncol. 2013 April; 39: 320-328 [PMID: 23333068]
Male Breast Cancer: A Review of Clinical Management Agrawal A, Ayantunde AA, Rampaul R, Robertson JFR Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2007 May; 103(1): 11-21 [PMID: 17033919]
A review of concepts of seroma formation and prevention in breast cancer surgery Agrawal A, Ayantunde AA, Cheung KL ANZ J Surg. 2006 Dec; 76(12): 1088-1095. Commentary: 1046 [PMID: 17199696]
The ‘other half’ of breast cancer – A review of male breast cancer Ying M, Agrawal A, Cheung KL The Journal of Men’s Health & Gender. 2005 Dec; 2(4): 406-413

Overview of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in clinical breast cancer Agrawal A, Gutteridge E, Gee JMW, NicholsonRI, Robertson JFR EndocrRelat Cancer. 2005 Jul; 12 (Suppl 1): S135-44 [PMID: 16113090]
Mesh migration following laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia: a case report and review of literature Agrawal A, AvillHernia. 2006 Mar; 10(1): 79-82 [PMID: 16258705]

Case Reports

Invasive Lobular carcinoma arising in accessory breast tissue Devine C, Courtney CA, Deb R, AgrawalWorld J SurgOncol. 2013 Feb 26; 11(1):47 [PMID: 23442311]
Adenosquamous carcinoma of breast in a 19 years old woman: A Case report Agrawal A, Saha S, Ellis IO, Bello AM World J SurgOncol. 2010 May 27; 8(1):44 [PMID: 20507552] 
Fulvestrant in advanced Male Breast Cancer Agrawal A, Cheung KL, Robertson JFR Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2007 Jan; 101(1):123 [PMID: 16807672]