Breast Cancer- Pharmacist

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With breast cancer so often in the news, it is easy to forget that the diagnosis is an emotional and life-changing event for an individual patient. In the United States (US), an estimated 231,840 women and 2,350 men1 were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2015. One in every 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. In contrast, a man’s lifetime risk is about 1 in 1000. Following skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women. During recent years, the incidence of breast cancer has been stable for Caucasian women; however, it has increased slightly for African-American women, due in part to longer life expectancy and improved screening and detection. Because of earlier detection and improved treatment, the death rate for breast cancer in the US has declined since 19891; however, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. In 2015, an estimated 40,290 women will die from breast cancer. Over the past decade, the treatment options for breast cancer have expanded, especially for advanced disease. One area of progress that has made an impact in the community setting is the development of new oral medications for advanced disease. This issue provides an overview of breast cancer in women, with a focus on the use of newer, oral agents for the treatment of advanced disease. Along with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormonal (anti-estrogen) therapy, the use of targeted agents has become routine in the fight against breast cancer. Healthcare providers, including pharmacists, have an obligation to be well informed about these agents – especially the oral drugs – in order to adequately support patients in the community setting.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-15-013-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.