Inflammatory Breast Cancer
by Instructor: Brittani Zurek, PharmD
Credentialed for: Physician CME Courses | ContinuingEducation.com

$15.00

i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 2% to 6% of all breast cancer cases in the United States. Although it is relatively rare, it is the most lethal form of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is characterized by rapid onset of diffuse erythema and/or peau d’orange. The affected breast often becomes enlarged and warm to the touch. The disease can be difficult to identify because a palpable breast mass is often absent on physical examination. Mammograms of women with inflammatory breast cancer often show architectural distortion and skin thickening. Most women with inflammatory breast cancer also have regional lymph node metastases at initial presentation that can be seen via ultrasound. Biopsies are needed to confirm the presence of invasive breast cancer. Confirmed cases of inflammatory breast cancer are treated with trimodal therapy which includes primary systemic chemotherapy, surgery, and radiotherapy. Primary systemic chemotherapy is used to downgrade the tumor and make the area operable with the goal of obtaining negative margins after surgery. Chemotherapy should consist of a taxane and anthracycline. Hormonal therapy and targeted therapies may also be used depending on the tumor expression. Pharmacists can help improve survival for this devastating disease by recommending appropriate treatment options and discussing potential toxicities with the healthcare professional team.

About the Course Author

Brittani Zurek, PharmD, is a pharmacist and medical writer who graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. Brittani Zurek, PharmD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    1.00HOURS

    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.
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    0.75HOURS

    N/A
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

    0.75HOURS

    In support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Type Activity: Knowledge Target Audience Designation: P


Course Details

  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-PHARM174
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-12-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-10-24
  • Learning Objectives:

    Identify pharmacotherapy options used in the treatment of inflammatory breast cancer.; Identify the clinical characteristics of inflammatory breast cancer.; Recall methods to confirm the presence of inflammatory breast cancer.; Recognize the epidemiology of inflammatory breast cancer and its risk factors.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Pharmacists; Physicians; Radiologic Technologists; 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:

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