American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Assisting Centers with Meeting the Special Needs of Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer

September 8, 2021 | 12:00 noon CT

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Metastatic breast cancer is a long-term chronic disease and therefore requires long-term follow-up that includes a wide variety of treatment options and special mental health and psychosocial implications and needs.  In this webinar, we will have a panel that will address the current clinical recommendations for care, the special psychosocial needs of metastatic patients, and will also reflect the patient's perspectives of their unique needs.  Breast center staff will utilize this information to better care for their metastatic breast cancer patients.

Q&A Moderator:

Sally Werner, RN, BSN, MHASally Werner, RN, BSN, MHA

For the past 20 years, Ms. Werner has worked in diversified healthcare systems, non-profit and for-profit hospitals, and provided executive operational oversight for all areas of cancer service lines, including cancer research, cancer registry, supportive and outreach services, radiation oncology, infusion centers, inpatient oncology units and centers for breast health. She has also had operational oversight for home care, hospice and palliative care service lines. Ms. Werner currently oversees Affiliate Relations for the Cancer Support Community headquarters.


Joanne Mortimer, MD, FACPJoanne Mortimer, MD, FACP

Dr. Mortimer is the Vice Chair and Professor of the Department of Medical Oncology at the City of Hope and the Director of the Women's Cancers Program. She has participated in clinical trials in breast cancer for over 30 years. Dr. Mortimer's research has focused on assessing the effects of systemic therapies on cancer and normal tissues. Many of these trials have utilized functional imaging and other biomarkers. She is studying the impact of toxicity on breast cancer disease outcome and quality of life. Dr. Mortimer and her colleagues were the first to report favorable cancer outcomes for women treated with tamoxifen who experience hot flashes.

Matthew J. Loscalzo, LCSWMatthew J. Loscalzo, LCSW

Mr. Loscalzo is the Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine and Professor in Department of Population Sciences. He is also the Executive Director of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine and the Administrative Director of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at the City of Hope-National Medical Center, Duarte California, USA.

Professor Loscalzo has over 40 years experience in caring for cancer patients and their families. He is highly recognized and sought after for his strategic mentorship of leaders across disciplines. Professor Loscalzo has focused pain and palliative care, the implementation of problem-based screening programs, gender-based medicine and problem solving therapies. Along with James Zabora, ScD, they created the first prospective universal clinical biopsychosocial distress screening program in the United States.

Shirley Mertz, MA, JDShirley Mertz, MA, JD

Ms. Mertz has lived for eighteen years with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Wanting to help others with the incurable disease, she trained to become a research advocate. Ms. Mertz serves on the ABC Global Alliance Board of Directors, President of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, founding member and past Chair of the MBC Alliance, a patient advocate with the TBCRC and the AURORA US MBC Study, member of both the University of Chicago and Baylor University SPORES, a KOMEN Advocate in Science, and consumer reviewer for DOD and Komen Grants. She is also an author on a number of publications about MBC.

Ms. Mertz uses her speaking and writing skills to educate patients about the importance of finding the right health care team, getting the right tests, and communicating well their healthcare provider to achieve the best outcomes in MBC. In November 2021, she will be recognized for her metastatic breast cancer advocacy on behalf of both US and global patients by the ABC Global Alliance in Lisbon.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the current recommendations for medical treatment for metastatic breast cancer patients.
  • Apply recommended support services for the social and emotional impact of metastatic breast cancer.
  • Understand the patient's perspective and unique needs in managing their diagnosis.

Target Audience

Physicians, other clinical staff, and allied health staff in NAPBC-accredited breast centers.

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course.
Credit has been applied for with the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
CME Credit will be applied for.
ACS Cancer Programs is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP17437, for 1 contact hour.

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