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Oncology Nursing Update: Breast Cancer Edition, Issue 1, 2012
Released December 2012

Featuring interviews with Ms Joan M Armstrong and Dr Lisa A Carey. (Audio Content)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information


    Breast cancer is one of the most rapidly evolving fields in oncology nursing. Although overlap exists with regard to a number of treatment-related issues and phenotypic presentation (eg, presence or absence of estrogen and/or progesterone receptors and HER2 status), each of these distinct disease subtypes has its own diagnostic, management and supportive care considerations and challenges that warrant education and discussion. As such it is quite rational and in some ways preferable to undertake education focused on 1 specific phenotype rather than breast cancer in its entirety.

    In this regard and among the 3 phenotypes, HER2-positive breast cancer perhaps stands alone in terms of educational need as the continuing emergence of new and critical data sets seemingly transforms clinical management on an almost daily basis. To provide oncology nurses with therapeutic strategies to address the disparate needs of patients with HER2-positive breast cancer, the Oncology Nursing Update audio series employs one-on-one interviews with medical oncologists and nurses with expertise in the field. Upon completion of this CNE activity, oncology nurses should be able to formulate an up-to-date and more complete approach to the care of patients with HER2-positive breast cancer.

    • Discuss the benefits and risks associated with evidence-based systemic therapies used in the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer, including chemotherapy and HER2-targeted therapies.
    • Develop a plan of care to manage the side effects associated with these therapies to support quality of life and continuation of treatment.
    • Evaluate the preliminary safety profiles and response outcomes observed in studies of novel and newly approved anti-HER2 targeted agents for patients with locally advanced and metastatic HER2-positive disease.
    • Identify opportunities to enhance the collaborative role of oncology nurses in the comprehensive biopsychosocial care of patients with breast cancer.

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


    This educational activity for 1.5 contact hours is provided by Research To Practice during the period of December 2012 through December 2013.


    This is an audio CNE program. This website contains CNE information, including learning objectives, faculty disclosures, a Post-test and an Educational Assessment and Credit Form, as well as links to relevant abstracts and full-text articles.

    To receive credit, participants should read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, listen to the audio MP3s and complete the Post-test and Educational Assessment and Credit Form located at ResearchToPractice.com/ONUBreast112/CNE. A statement of CNE credit will be issued only upon completion of the Post-test, with a score of 75% or better, and the Educational Assessment and Credit Form. Your statement of credit will be mailed to you within 3 weeks or may be printed online.


    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, Genomic Health Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

    Lisa A Carey, MD
    Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research
    Medical Director, UNC Breast Center
    UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Division of Hematology/Oncology
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    No financial interests or affiliations to disclose.

    EDITOR Dr 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: Abbott Laboratories, Allos Therapeutics, Amgen Inc, ArQule Inc, Astellas, Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals/Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc, Biodesix Inc, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Corporation, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Foundation Medicine Inc, Genentech BioOncology, Genomic Health Inc, ImClone Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, Incyte Corporation, Lilly USA LLC, Medivation Inc, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Mundipharma International Limited, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi, Seattle Genetics, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc and Teva.

    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 grantor.

    This activity is supported by an educational grant from 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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Oncology Nursing Update: Breast Cancer Edition, Issue 1, 2012
Released December 2012

Featuring interviews with Ms Joan M Armstrong and Dr Lisa A Carey. (Audio Content)

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