On completion of the chapter, the reader will be able to:
List factors associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in the United States.
Assess patients for signs and symptoms related to breast cancer in early and late stages of the disease.
Explain the diagnostic plan for newly diagnosed and recurrent breast cancer in all stages of the disease.
Discuss the staging system for breast cancer, including clinical and pathologic staging criteria for both the breast and lymph nodes.
Critique available prognostic variables for clinical utility.
Compare and contrast available surgical techniques for the local treatment of early and advanced stages of breast cancer.
Determine which patient populations may benefit from adjuvant systemic therapy for breast cancer.
Debate the risks and benefits of chemotherapy regimens used in the adjuvant treatment of breast cancer.
Critique the available evidence regarding the use of endocrine therapy in the adjuvant treatment of breast cancer.
Explain the clinical characteristics and basic treatment approach for inflammatory breast cancer.
Determine the treatment goals for early-stage, locally advanced, and metastatic breast cancer.
Determine appropriate indications for endocrine therapy, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy for patients with metastatic breast cancer.
Critique available endocrine therapy options for metastatic ...