It’s the second most prevalent cancer in the United States, affecting 1 out of 7 women and 1 out of 833 men, according to the American Cancer Society. In the U.S., a quarter of a million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and more than 40,000 will lose their lives.
While the statistics are stark, there’s good news: Today, the U.S. has more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors, and survival rates continue to improve.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For many healthcare professionals working with breast cancer patients, a complete plan of care focuses not only on survival, but also on improving their quality of life during and after treatment.
But what does that look like?
Breast cancer survivorship begins at the moment of diagnosis. Critical to any plan of care is clear communication between nurse and patient, where crucial topics are discussed, like:
- How much the patient knows about their cancer
- How much the patient does NOT want to know
- The goals of treatment
- Upcoming life events
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