What Advanced Practice Clinicians Need to Know About Diagnosing and Treating Breast Cancer
September 8, 2010•15 min
Host: Mimi Secor, MS, MEd, FNP
Guest: Constance Roche
It's estimated that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. 75% of women who are diagnosed have no known risk factors. But the incidence and mortality rate of breast cancer has declined over the last couple of decades. The government released controversial amendments to screening recommendations last year based on mortality outcomes from breast cancer. What are the implications for our patients, and what screening guidelines should advanced practice clinicians recommend to patients? Nurse practitioner Constance Roche, a clinical coordinator at the Avon Comprehensive Evaluation Center in Boston, Massachusetts, joins host Mimi Secor to discuss how to identify high risk patients, the best screening techniques and how primary care providers can find the best specialist for their patients.