What Every Nurse Needs to Know about Breast Cancer

Julene Diedrich, MSN, RN, FNP, AOCNP; Jill Depke, MSN, RN, ANP, AOCNP; and Jessica Engel, MSN, RN, FNP, AOCN



For you and anyone else newly diagnosed with breast cancer and for everyone who cares for them this article promotes a better understanding of the disease. It gives a general overview of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment, highlighting information about new diagnostic and therapeutic developments you might not be familiar with.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with evidence-based information on the latest strategies for identifying and managing breast cancer.


1. Differentiate the stages of breast cancer.
2. Identify techniques for breast cancer screening and diagnosis.
3. Discuss surgical treatment of breast cancer.
4. Describe nonsurgical therapies for breast cancer.


The authors are Oncology Nurse Practitioners at the Marshfield Clinic, which has centers throughout Wisconsin. Julene Diedrich, MSN, RN, FNP, AOCNP, and Jessica Engel, MSN, RN, FNP, AOCN, work at the Marshfield center. Jill Depke, MSN, RN, ANP, AOCNP, works at the Weston center.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 12/31/2012

Pharmacology Hours: 0.5


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