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Challenging Cases in Breast Cancer: Oncologist and Nurse Investigators Consult on Actual Patients from the Practices of the Invited Faculty
Released August 2014

Video excerpts from the second in a series of 6 integrated symposia held at the 2014 ONS Annual Congress. Featuring perspectives from Ms Joan M Armstrong, Dr Adam M Brufsky, Ms Emily A Olson and Dr Denise A Yardley. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists involved in the treatment of breast cancer.

    Breast cancer remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, and in 2014 in the United States alone it is estimated the disease will culminate in 232,670 new cases and 40,000 deaths. Advances in screening and prevention have resulted in a steady down-stage migration at the time of disease presentation, such that only 5% of women have identifiable distant metastases at primary diagnosis. Because of this the number of individuals living with breast cancer has increased substantially, as has the population “at risk” for recurrent disease. Thus, the long-term care of patients with breast cancer remains an important issue to researchers and clinicians alike, and oncology nurses play an integral role in the successful delivery of systemic anticancer therapy and in the maintenance of patient physical and psychosocial well-being.

    These video proceedings from the second part of a 6-part integrated CNE curriculum originally held at the 2014 ONS Annual Congress feature discussions with leading breast cancer investigators and their nursing counterparts regarding actual patient cases and recent clinical research findings affecting the optimal therapeutic and supportive care for each patient scenario.

    By providing information on the latest research developments in the context of expert perspectives, this CNE activity will assist oncology nurses, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists with the formulation of state-of-the-art clinical management strategies to facilitate optimal care of patients with breast cancer.


    • Discuss the benefits and risks associated with systemic therapies used in the evidence-based treatment of breast cancer, including endocrine agents, chemotherapy regimens and biologic treatments.
    • Develop a plan to manage the side effects associated with these therapies to support quality of life and continuation of treatment.
    • Describe the influence of tumor phenotypes in tailoring systemic treatment decisions.
    • Identify opportunities to enhance the collaborative role of oncology nurses in the comprehensive biopsychosocial care of patients with breast cancer.
    • Recall ongoing trials of investigational approaches in breast cancer, and refer patients and obtain consent for study participation.

    Research To Practice is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    CME credit is no longer available for this issue


    CME credit is no longer available for this issue

    This is a video CNE program. Participants should read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and watch the video.

    CME credit is no longer available for this issue

    Research To Practice (RTP) is committed to providing its participants with high-quality, unbiased and state-of-the-art education. We assess potential conflicts of interest with faculty, planners and managers of CNE activities. Real or apparent conflicts of interest are identified and resolved through a conflict of interest resolution process. In addition, all activity content is reviewed by both a member of the RTP scientific staff and an external, independent reviewer for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies referenced and patient care recommendations.

    FACULTY — The following faculty (and their spouses/partners) reported real or apparent conflicts of interest, which have been resolved through a conflict of interest resolution process:

    Joan M Armstrong, MSN, APRN-BC
    Nurse Practitioner, Breast Medical Oncology
    University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Adjunct Faculty, University of Michigan School of Nursing
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Speakers Bureau: Amgen Inc, Celgene Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

    Adam M Brufsky, MD, PhD
    Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
    Associate Director for Clinical Investigation
    University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
    Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center
    Associate Division Chief
    University of Pittsburgh, Department of Medicine
    Division of Hematology/Oncology
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Consulting Agreements: Celgene Corporation, Eisai Inc, Genentech BioOncology, Genomic Health Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Roche Laboratories Inc.

    Emily A Olson, RN, CNP
    Mayo Clinic Rochester
    Rochester, Minnesota

    No real or apparent conflicts of interest to disclose.

    Denise A Yardley, MD
    Senior Investigator, Breast Cancer Research
    Sarah Cannon Research Institute
    Tennessee Oncology PLLC
    Nashville, Tennessee

    No real or apparent conflicts of interest to disclose.

    MODERATORDr Love is president and CEO of Research To Practice, which receives funds in the form of educational grants to develop CME/CNE activities from the following commercial interests: AbbVie Inc, Amgen Inc, Astellas, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Corporation, Eisai Inc, Exelixis Inc, Genentech BioOncology, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Incyte Corporation, Lilly, Medivation Inc, Merck, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Novocure, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi, Seattle Genetics, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Teva Oncology and VisionGate Inc.

    RESEARCH TO PRACTICE STAFF AND EXTERNAL REVIEWERS — The scientific staff and reviewers for Research To Practice have no real or apparent conflicts of interest to disclose.

    This educational activity contains discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the Food and Drug Administration. Research To Practice does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications and warnings. The opinions expressed are those of the presenters and are not to be construed as those of the publisher or grantors.

    This activity is supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Eisai Inc and Genentech BioOncology.

    Hardware/Software Requirements:
    A high-speed Internet connection  
    A monitor set to 1280 x 1024 pixels or more
    Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox 3.0 or later, Chrome, Safari 3.0 or later
    Adobe Flash Player 10.2 plug-in or later
    Adobe Acrobat Reader
    (Optional) Sound card and speakers for audio

    There is no implied or real endorsement of any product by RTP or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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