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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Suzanne Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN, AGN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN
Item#: N1937
Contents: 1 Course Book (62 pages)
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Breast Cancer in Women: An Overview

Price $22.95
Item # N1937
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Release Date: October 11, 2017

Expiration Date: August 31, 2020

Women understandably fear breast cancer. Breast cancer can also occur in men, although the diagnosis is most frequently associated with women. Most people know someone who has been affected by a diagnosis of breast cancer. Great strides have been made in the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. An individualized approach to care that targets cell type, an individual’s profile/risk, genetic components, and the stage at diagnosis can result in different therapy options among patients.

Nurses play a key role informing patients on the advances, the importance of individualizing the approach to therapy, and offering support during each phase of the cancer diagnosis and care. With early detection and effective treatment, women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can realistically expect to survive and live happy, productive lives. This course provides nurses with essential information about the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, staging, and treatments for breast cancer in women.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1755 - Cancer in Women, 3rd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the main risk factors for breast cancer.
  • Describe prevention and early detection strategies based on the American Cancer Society’s guidelines.
  • Explain the diagnostic evaluation/workup for breast cancer.
  • Identify significant terminology in a pathology report.
  • Describe systemic treatment modalities for breast cancer.
  • Describe postoperative recovery options and rehabilitation strategies.

Suzanne Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN, AGN-BC, has more than 35 years of oncology experience focusing primarily on cancer prevention, early detection, and genetics. She has authored more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Mahon is a frequent speaker for both the public and healthcare professionals on cancer-related topics.


Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN, is the Clinical Educator for the Multispecialty Clinic at the Moores Cancer Center (University of California, San Diego). She has been a healthcare writer for more than 30 years, specializing in clinical nursing, therapeutic and diagnostic technologies, and patient advocacy. As of July 2017, she is Editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Carr is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder (BS in Journalism) and the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA (MSN in Oncology Nursing). She holds advanced oncology nursing certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and is a local and national member of the ONS.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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