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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 15 Contact Hours(0.5 Pharm Hours)
Author(s): Suzanne Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN, AGN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN
Item#: N1851
Contents: 1 Course Book (220 pages)
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Nonreproductive Organ Cancers in Women

Price $45.95
Item # N1851
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Release Date: December 8, 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.

This course reviews many of the major concepts in nursing care when women are diagnosed with malignancies. The major nonreproductive organ cancers that affect women are addressed, including 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.


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

Course Objectives

  • Discuss cancer topics relevant to women with cancer, including epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.
  • Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, common staging schemas, and treatment options for lung cancer in women.
  • Discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, common staging schemas, and treatment options for 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.

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.

  • 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.