Caring for

breast cancer survivors

Connecting and facilitating communication between oncology professionals across disciplines for coordinated and multi-disciplinary breast cancer survivorship care.

Pink Ribbon Survivors Network strives to advance the breast cancer community by building and maintaining a cancer care resource directory and professional library, by supporting the American Society of Clinical Oncology, by reporting on survivorship news and posting recent publications.

FEATURED ARTICLES

Complexity of the Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Decision

As more women contemplate contralateral prophylactic Mastectomy, access to thoughtful discussion adds insight.  Find this in the Surgical Management section of the Cancer Care Professionals' library.

Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Rehabilitation: Revitalizing the Link

"Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Rehabilitation: Revitalizing the Link,"  examines the need to provide rehabilitation services to cancer survivors for more complete recovery.

American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Expert Statement on Cancer Survivorship Care Planning

Read of this policy initiative, published in late 2014, in the Cancer Care Professionals' Library section entitled," Health Care System Issues for Survivors."

" Better Information Needed.... "

As reported in ASCO Post, recent studies identify the educational needs of both Primary  Care Providers and Oncology Professionals in the long-term effects facing Survivors.  Read the full article, entitled, "Better Information Needed for Primary Care Providers Who Treat Cancer Survivors," in the Virtual Library on this screen, located in the section entitled: " Health Care System Issues for Survivors."

Complexity of the Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Decision

As more women contemplate contralateral prophylactic Mastectomy, access to thoughtful discussion adds insight.  Find this in the Surgical Management section of the Cancer Care Professionals' library.

Recent publications:

1.)  Administration of Chemotherapy Has No Effect on the Low Rate of AML/MDS: Retropective Study.  Read more in the Cancer Care Professionals Library Secondary Malignancies section.

2.)  Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes: Receipt of Chemotherapy is only Part of the Story.  Read more in the Cancer Care Professionals Library Survival/Prognosis section.

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Radiation Oncology/ Survivorship

"Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease in Women after Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer," published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 3/14/13 is found in the accompanying Cancer Care Professionals Library, accessed here.  This article views details of cardiac morbidity in the modern era of Radiation Therapy.

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Meeting Highlights

            Highlights from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December, 2014:

1.)  Fulvestrant yields survival advantage in advanced breast cancer in the Phase II FIRST Trial.

2.)  Practice changing results from the SOFT Trial:  Ovarian suppression should be offered to women with breast cancer < age 35 in the adjuvant setting.

3.)  Low fat diet was shown to have significant PFS in women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, from the WINS Study.

4.)  Tamoxifen Preventative therapy yields continuing benefit in follow up data, now at 15 years duration.                                                       

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Upcoming Meetings

 American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium, September 25-27, 2015, San Francisco, CA 

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Breast Cancer Library for Cancer Care Professionals

The Cancer Care Professional Library is accessed from this page.  The virtual library provides a collection of breast cancer survivorship literature from all the professional disciplines involved in breast cancer care.  The virtual library provides the internet access to the article or its abstract from each listing.  With hundreds of peer-reviewed publications available here, one can access  a large literature base on the subject of breast cancer survivorship.

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Resource Directory for Cancer Care Professionals

The Cancer Care Resource Directory provides a listing of organizations relevant to all the cancer professional disciplines, as well as listing of patient centered organizations that provide resources for breast cancer survivors. This is a directory listing compiled for Oncologists and cancer care professionals looking for breast cancer resources and organizations.

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Breast Cancer News

With Breast Conserving Cancer Surgery, Margin Status is not a Factor in Recurrence.  Read more in the Surgical Managment section of the Cancer Care Professionals Library.

New data reveals the degree of sexual dysfunction occuring among women on tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors.  Read this new study in the Cancer Care Professionals Library, accessed here, in the GYN: Fertility/Sexuality/Menopause section.

With more than 12 million cancer survivors in the United States, and with nearly two-thirds of all cancer survivors living 5 or more years, survivorship issues are coming into full attention within ASCO.

    

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"Choosing Wisely"

Click on the Virtual Library button above to access research and pertinent resources.