Navigating the Breast Cancer Journey, Part 1
by Expert Reviewer: Cathy C. Fortenbaugh, RN, MSN, AOCN; Expert Reviewer: Heidi Dishneau, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP; Instructor: Deena Damsky Dell, MSN, APRN, RN-BC, AOCN, LNC; Instructor: Jennifer Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN


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Course Overview

Breast cancer is the most common cancer (excluding skin cancer) that many women may face in their lifetime. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI, 2019a), about 1 in 8 women (12.8%, or 127.5 per 100,000 women) will have a lifetime probability of developing breast cancer. This disease will touch the lives of most health professionals of various disciplines in ways that might be professional or personal. It is projected that 41,760 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer in 2019, constituting 6.9% of all cancer deaths (NCI, 2019a). The National Cancer Institute states that breast cancer in women has increased on average by 0.3% per year for the past 10 years (NCI, 2019a). However, mortality rates are decreasing by 1.8% each year resulting in a 5-year increase in survivorship (NCI, 2019a). The American Cancer Society (ACS) released new breast cancer screening guidelines in 2015 and for high risk patients in 2019. The guidelines include changes to mammogram and breast self-exam recommendations. This two-part series on breast cancer explains the disease, risk factors, diagnostics, and treatments. This first course discusses risk factors, screening, and diagnostics.

About the Course Author

Jennifer M.L. Stephens, MA, PhD, RN, OCN, is an oncology nurse with more than a decade of experience in medical/surgical oncology, cancer critical care, bone marrow transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Stephens received a PhD in oncology nursing from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and is active with the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO) and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She has worked as an oncology nurse in the U.S. and Canada, with roles ranging from staff nurse to clinical nurse educator, outpatient clinic coordinator to oncology program manager. She is currently teaching for UBC, Athabasca University, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Jennifer Stephens, PhD, MA, RN, OCN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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  • American Nurses Credentialing Center


    Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing


    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing


    DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290). Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing


    Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing


    Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290 Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education


    Relias LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Relias LLC designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing


    This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-716330
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing


  • New Mexico Board of Nursing


    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider # 50-290) This course awards 1.0 contact hours upon successful completion.
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing



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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe factors that help with prognosis and treatment decisions for patients with breast cancer.; Discuss modifiable and non-modifiable factors for breast cancer.; Identify how following early detection guidelines increases survivorship.; Identify three diagnostic modalities for breast cancer.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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