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Managing Metastatic Breast Cancer in the Community Setting: A Clinical Practice Assessment

  • Authors: Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD
  • CME Released: 8/6/2010
  • Valid for credit through: 8/6/2011
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for medical oncologists, pathologists, and other health professionals who treat patients with metastatic breast cancer.

The goal of this activity is to enable participants to test their current knowledge and skills in the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess their current approach to clinical management of patients with metastatic breast cancer as it relates to evidence-based practice


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  • Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts


    Disclosure: Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

    Dr. Burstein does intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States.

    Dr. Burstein does intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.


  • Margie Miller

    Group Scientific Director, Medscape LLC


    Disclosure: Margie Miller has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Reviewer(s)

  • Laurie E. Scudder, DNP, NP

    Accreditation Coordinator, Continuing Professional Education Department, Medscape, LLC; Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Allied Health, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Nurse Practitioner, School-Based Health Centers, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, Maryland


    Disclosure: Laurie E. Scudder, DNP, NP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Managing Metastatic Breast Cancer in the Community Setting: A Clinical Practice Assessment

Authors: Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhDFaculty and Disclosures

CME Released: 8/6/2010

Valid for credit through: 8/6/2011


One of the goals of continuing professional development is to acquire and retain knowledge that will affect clinical practice and patient health outcomes. The following case challenge is a clinical self-assessment presented as an educational activity for CME credit. The patient cases are designed to test your current knowledge and skills in the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer. Approximately 207,090 new cases of breast cancer are estimated for 2010, with 39,840 deaths anticipated this year. Active research with standard agents has defined better ways to administer available treatments, which, when applied in the clinical setting, can have significant positive effects on patient health outcomes. Moreover, some data that are emerging from studies of investigational therapies indicate that new safe and effective options may be on the horizon, particularly for the most challenging subtypes of breast cancer. We invite you to test your knowledge of metastatic breast cancer in this case challenge, which includes questions addressing treatment choices that should be based on patient history and tumor characteristics. Please note that these questions are designed for assessment, and you are not penalized for answering the questions incorrectly. Data from this survey activity will help facilitate recommendations for future educational activities that will best meet the educational and clinical performance gaps identified. This case-based activity is part of a curriculum series on treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Why not assess your clinical practice and earn CME credit in the process?

Your participation in this initiative is greatly appreciated.

(Please note that this activity is designed to provide feedback only for certain questions in the self-assessment.)

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