Male Patients With Breast Cancer: Addressing needs using an educational task force

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although breast cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women, it is also diagnosed in men in rare instances. Few studies have evaluated the needs of men with breast cancer.

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this project was to identify gaps in the educational and psychosocial needs of men with breast cancer and to implement appropriate interventions for practice.

METHODS:

Based on the evidence, a Male Breast Cancer Educational Task Force was formed to evaluate existing resources for gender bias, and to develop additional resources targeted toward male patients with breast cancer. In addition, task force members identified several male patients with breast cancer willing to speak one-on-one with any male patients who received a diagnosis.

FINDINGS:

Following implementation, patients completed a survey to assess their satisfaction with the modified resources. Initial patient feedback demonstrated high satisfaction.

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