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Breast Cancer Instructional Module

Published: March 30, 2015 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10023

Included in this publication:

  • Breast Cancer Instructor's Guide.doc
  • Breast Cancer Instructional Module Questions and Cases.docx
  • Breast Cancer Instructional Module Questions and Cases Answers, Explanations, References.docx

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Introduction: Breast cancer treatment involves multidisciplinary teams with varying levels of expertise. This module is intended to enhance the knowledge base of healthcare professionals regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of early and late stage breast cancer through case-based, small group discussions. Methods: This module was delivered at a 1.5-hour morning conference with multiple levels and types of trainees (i.e., hematology/oncology fellows, internal medicine residents, surgery residents, radiation oncology residents, third- and fourth-year medical students, physician assistants specializing in oncology, upper level pharmacy students, and oncology nurses) dispersed evenly into groups. This instructional module allowed trainees to collaborate together to discuss challenging patient cases and board-relevant topics, while fostering an interactive learning environment. For optimal delivery of the educational material, we recommend an instructor with an oncology background or familiarity with breast cancer. Results: By openly discussing and disputing the questions and short answer cases at the end of the module, our trainees endorsed better comprehension of the material compared to a lecture format and all levels of trainees felt this was a nonthreatening, and effective method of learning new material and reinforcing concepts. Each participant filled out an evaluation and this activity was well received by all with scores in the four to five range. Discussion: Although no test is performed to assess their knowledge base before and after, the knowledge gained from this exercise is clear in the way learners approach and discuss breast cancer patient care after the session.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe common adjuvant chemotherapy regimens recommended in early stage breast cancer.
  2. Describe the approach to treating hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer.
  3. Identify appropriate treatment for HER2-positive breast cancer.
  4. Compare and contrast the chemoprevention agents that are appropriate for premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
  5. Describe the breast cancer screening modalities that are recommended in BRCA-mutated patients.
  6. Describe the approach to treating pregnant patients with early stage breast cancer.

Author Information

  • Jennifer Duff, MD: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Karen Daily, DO: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Julia Close, MD: University of Florida College of Medicine

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Duff J, Daily K, Close J. Breast cancer instructional module. MedEdPORTAL. 2015;11:10023. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10023