Issues in Breast Cancer Survivorship: Optimal Care, Bone Health, and Lifestyle Modifications

Michelle E. Melisko, William J. Gradishar, Beverly Moy

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There are an estimated 3.1 million survivors of breast cancer in the United States. The predominant reasons for this substantially large population are that breast cancer is the most common noncutaneous malignancy among women and that 5-year survival rates after breast cancer treatment are approximately 90%. These patients have many medical considerations, including the need to monitor for disease recurrence and to manage complications of their previous cancer treatments. Most patients remain at risk indefinitely for local and systemic recurrences of their breast cancers and have an increased risk of developing contralateral new primary breast cancers. Therefore, optimizing care for this patient population is critical to the overall health care landscape in the United States. Here, we summarize survivorship care delivery and its challenges, the optimization of bone health in breast cancer survivors, and opportunities for risk reduction through lifestyle modifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e22-e29
JournalAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Meeting
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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  • Medicine(all)

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