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Release Date: August 25, 2017
Expiration Date: August, 31, 2020
The experience of a woman diagnosed with cancer can be distinctive. Many cancers affect both males and females, but some are unique to women and impact women during childbearing years. The impact of a cancer diagnosis for either a man or a woman can be devastating and have a cascading impact on the immediate and extended family. Even though roles in society are evolving from what were historically female responsibilities, such as child care and household management, many women continue in these roles in addition to working outside the home and being head of households with financial responsibilities.
Nursing interventions are key in promoting the best possible outcomes no matter where a patient is on the cancer trajectory journey. Nurses with an interest in oncology will benefit from the resources provided in this course for their own professional development and as information for patients and families.
This course reviews many of the major concepts in nursing care when women are diagnosed with malignancies. The major cancers that affect women are addressed, including breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, lung, colorectal, and skin cancers. Information about each of these cancers includes an overview of the epidemiology of the cancer, risk factors, risk assessment, prevention and detection strategies, diagnosis, staging, and treatment modalities. Chapters that address genetic risk, psychosocial concerns, sexuality, alternative and complementary medicine, and patient education considerations are also included. Case studies and commentaries are included throughout the course to illustrate content and to assist with concepts and knowledge acquisition for application in practice settings.
This course provides registered nurses and advanced practice nurses with evidence-based information to inform their practice when caring for women diagnosed with cancer. Its comprehensive content serves as a foundation for competent and state-of-the-art nursing practice.
- Describe cancer and cancer risk in women including trends, the impact of family history, and the genetic testing process.
- Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, common staging schemas, and treatment options for breast cancer.
- Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, common staging schemas, and treatment options for endometrial cancer.
- Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, common staging schemas, and treatment options for ovarian cancer.
- Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, common staging schemas, and treatment options for cervical cancer.
- Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, and treatment options for lung cancer in women.
- Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, and treatment options form colorectal cancer in women.
- Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, and treatment options for skin cancer in women.
- Discuss the psychosocial issues that may accompany a diagnosis of cancer, including the nurse’s role in and interventions for these issues.
- Discuss psychologic, functional, and fertility issues associated with sexual activity and sexuality in women with cancer including interventions to address these issues.
- Discuss complementary and alternative medicine options available.
- Discuss ways for the nurse and interdisciplinary team to assist patients in evaluating and accessing credible educational resources.
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.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.