Cancer treatment – focus on increasing use of systemic therapy first, before surgery and why this is being done; and changes in both surgical management and use of radiotherapy (including shorter courses for some).
Cancer surveillance – including use of Telehealth and increasing community surveillance and return to BreastScreen, and when to refer back to hospital specialists.
Learning outcomesBy the end of this session you will be able to:
- Evaluate patients presenting with breast symptoms and identify those needing urgent referral for suspected breast cancer.
- Interpret breast imaging in order to identify those with concerning features for breast cancer.
- Demonstrate an understanding that breast cancer is treatable and be able to discuss with patients the range of treatments that may be required for breast cancer.
- Deliver ongoing cancer surveillance in the community, usually from about 5 years after diagnosis.