The Breast Cancer Survivorship Course is one of several continuing medical education (CME) programs offered by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Professional Oncology Education program. The goal of the course is to help equip healthcare professionals to care for the growing number of breast cancer survivors.
The Breast Cancer Survivorship Course, which was recently updated, comprises 21 lessons on topics related to the unique challenges faced by breast cancer survivors and strategies for the appropriate long-term follow-up care of these patients. Each lesson includes a lecture by an MD Anderson physician, advanced practice nurse, or pharmacist followed by a brief quiz.
In addition to overviews of breast cancer epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, pathology, and treatment, the lessons provide insight into recognizing and managing late effects of surgery, radiation therapy, endocrine therapy, and chemotherapy. One lesson addresses issues related to breast reconstruction; other topics in the course include common sites of metastasis, surveillance and risk reduction for second primary cancers in the breast or other parts of the body, and identifying patients for whom genetic testing is appropriate. Most of the lessons are 15–40 minutes long.
The entire Breast Cancer Survivorship Course is available online at no cost at http://bit.ly/1TAdFpM. Physicians and other health care professionals can sign in to take the course for CME credit, and anyone can view individual lectures without signing in.
OncoLog, June 2016, Volume 61, Issue 6