Educational Resources for Health Care Providers

ABCCEDP provides educational resources regarding screening, diagnosis, and management of breast and cervical cancer. Resources include video presentations by colleagues, journal articles, and continuing medical education (CME) opportunities.

Breast Cancer Treatment Brochure

Pursuant to Breast Cancer Education Act of 2013 (Act 2013-284) the Alabama Department of Public Health has developed this informational summary regarding breast cancer treatment options for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Physicians are then required to disseminate the summary to breast cancer patients.

The summary includes an explanation of the various methods of treating breast cancer, breast reconstruction alternatives, and insurance coverage availability for these treatments.

This summary is to be provided by a physician to each person under his or her care who has been diagnosed with breast cancer upon diagnosis, or as soon thereafter as practicable. Hospitals that provide mastectomy surgery, lymph node dissection, or a lumpectomy are also to provide the information developed by the department.

Substantial improvements have been made in breast cancer treatment in recent years, and the law is intended to ensure every patient is aware of treatments that are now available.

Information is not intended to replace the advice or recommendations of a patient's physician. Rather it is a resource to help patients learn about breast cancer treatment so that they can make the best choices regarding their own treatment plan.

A printed version of this document is not available from ADPH.

Video Presentations

Cancer Care in the Underserved: It Takes a Community
June 17, 2013
Presented by Windy Dean-Colomb, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute, this two-hour video discusses cancer disparities in breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancers, its root causes and efforts being made to reduce the unequal burden of cancer.

Pap Smear Management Update
October 29, 2013
Presented by Grace Thomas, MD, FACOG, Assistant State Health Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health and Laurie Stout, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, Alabama Department of Public Health, this one and one-half hour video discusses up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations on how to manage women with abnormal Pap tests. The program also provides information on newly revised protocol being implemented in Alabama Department of Public Health Clinics.

New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines: The Rationale
September 18, 2012
Presented by Edward E. Partridge, M.D., UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, this one-hour video discusses the new cervical cancer screening recommendations released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society/Amerian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology/American Society for Clinical Pathology. The rationale behind the changes is also discussed.

ABCs of Breast Disease: Actions Before Consult
March 24, 2010
Presented by Donna Lynn Dyess, M.D., General Surgeon at the University of South Alabama, this two-hour video provides information on the latest advancements in the diagnostics, treatment, and management of breast cancer. The target audience is nurses, social workers, oncologists, radiologists, OB/GYNs, and any medical professional working with breast cancer patients.

HPV and Cervical Cancer
January 20, 2010
Presented by Grace Thomas, M.D., Medical Director of Women's Health at the Alabama Department of Public Health and Lucille Latham, Community Educator of Coffee County Family Services Center, this one-hour video focuses on HPV and cervical cancer. The target audience is nurses, social workers, health care providers and health educators.

Cervical Cancer: Prevention and Treatment
October 10, 2008
Presented by Michael Finan, M.D., Gynecological Oncologist, Mitchell Cancer Institute and Warner K. Hugh, Gynecological Oncologist, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, this two hour video provides information on risk factors, HPV and its link to cervical cancer, and the latest methods in screening, diagnosing, managing and treating cervical cancer. The target audience is clinicians, nurses, social workers, health educators and any medical professional working with cervical cancer patients.

CME Opportunities

There are five self-directed, interactive training modules designed to enhance clinical skills in examination of the breast. These modules were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (CDC) and endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The modules were edited and certified for CME credit by Medscape. Disciplines eligible for the CMEs are Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and RNs.

Follow Up of Abnormal Clinical and Imaging Findings of the Breast: Five Self-Study Modules for Primary Care Physicians

CME/CE Breast Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology
Understanding breast anatomy, physiology, and pathology is essential for follow-up of abnormal findings.

CME/CE Health History and Clinical Breast Examination
Assessing clinical history and performing a thorough clinical breast examination are essential to managing risk and preventing a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer.

CME/CE Workup of Abnormal Clinical Findings
Assessing and documenting clinical findings that are suspicious for cancer are essential for timely and appropriate follow-up. The primary care clinician must also correlate the clinical findings with imaging findings to determine the appropriate plan of action to prevent a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer.

CME/CE Follow-up of Abnormal Clinical Findings - Biopsy Methods
Understanding breast imaging findings is essential for correlation with clinical findings and subsequent plan of action to prevent a delay of diagnosis of breast cancer.

CME/CE Risk Management
Primary care clinicians can help ensure that women receive timely and appropriate follow-up by practicing risk management strategies developed from common causes of delay of diagnosis of breast cancer.

Journal Articles

Clinical Breast Examination: Practical Recommendations for Optimizing Performance and Reporting CA Cancer J Clin 2004; 54:327-344.

Performance and Reporting of Clinical Breast Examination: A Review of the Literature CA Cancer J Clin 2004; 54:345-361.

Evaluation of Common Breast Problems: Guidance for Primary Care Providers CA Cancer J Clin 1998; 48:49-63.

Educational Resources for Women

Below are educational resources regarding the importance of regular screening of breast and cervical cancer. Resources include video presentations and pamphlets.

Videos

Breast Cancer: Current Knowledge
Provides an overview of breast cancer including disease risk factors, treatment options, and the importance of early detection. Funding for this training is provided by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Fund. Samuel F. Sawyer, MD, FACS, of the Sawyer Medical Clinic and Lucille Lathan, a community educator with Coffee County Family Services Center present.

Cervical Cancer Early Detection
Provides a history of Cervical Cancer as well as the most recent information on screening, treatment, and prevention efforts. Funding for this training is provided by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Fund. Cindy Tanton, RN, BS, OCN, a Nurse Manager at the Southeast Cancer Center and Lucille Lathan, a community educator with Coffee County Family Services Center present.


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