Breast Cancer Surgery: Meeting Standards and Improving Outcomes


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.1  About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their life.2 Surgery is often part of the treatment plan for breast cancer diagnoses.  This webinar will review important considerations for the breast cancer surgery patient, how to improve outcomes by engaging patients as part of the care team, and utilizing education that meets the NAPBC standards.  

  • Live webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central Time, via Zoom. 
  • Post test and Credit claiming may begin on July 10th at 2pm CST. 
  • Credit may be claimed through September 7, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Prior to the live webinar, you will be receiving a 56-page Your Breast Cancer Surgery Program booklet in the mail, to the address provided when you registered for the course. 

If you did not receive the course book prior to the live webinar date, you may view the PDF of the program, included in the Program Materials.


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  • $30.00

About this course

Faculty Credentials

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. 

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.  



Course Faculty

  • Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS – nothing to disclose
  • Jane Mendez, MD, FACS – nothing to disclose
  • Scott Karlan, MD – nothing to disclose
  • Lorna Griffin, PT – nothing to disclose
  • Marc Miller, PT – nothing to disclose
  • Min-Jeong Cho, MD – nothing to disclose
  • Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS – nothing to disclose
  • Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, FACS – nothing to disclose


Planning Committee

  • Jill Dietz, MD, FACS – Cyduct Diagnostics: medical advisor; Peace Medical Consulting – Co-Founder
  • Nancy Gantt, MD, FACS – nothing to disclose
  • Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, MSN, RN, FAACE – nothing to disclose
  • Kathleen Maruyama, MSN, RN – nothing to disclose


Staff Liaisons

  • Amanda Bruggeman – nothing to disclose
  • Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, MSN, RN, FAACE – nothing to disclose
  • Katie Maruyama, MSN, RN – nothing to disclose


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to do the following:  

  • Describe the impact of breast cancer surgical patient education on risk reduction and improved outcomes. 
  • Apply best practices for pain management, lymphedema prevention, and wound management for the breast cancer patient.
  • Discuss key considerations for optimizing reconstructive decisions.
  • Identify best practices to increase informed decision making and patient engagement, including considerations for diverse and at-risk populations. 
  • Describe the role of patient education included within the new NAPBC standards. 
  • Recognize patient education materials that align with national standards, supporting patient access to quality education. 



For questions about the educational activity, please contact: 

  • Amanda Bruggeman, Senior Administrator, Patient Education, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons at 
  • Katie Maruyama, MSN, RN, Senior Manager, Patient Education, Division of Education, American College of Surgeons at  

For technical questions, please contact



1. Cancer stat facts: female breast cancer. National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. Accessed March 25, 2024.

2. American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2022-2024. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc.; 2022. 

Target Audience

This course is intended for members of the breast cancer surgical team, including surgeons, nurses, cancer registrars, and physical therapists. 


Course Outline

  • Breast cancer surgery patient education
  • Literacy and health equity for the breast cancer patient
  • Narcotic-sparing pain management options
  • Physical therapy, movement, and lymphedema prevention
  • Surgical reconstruction and the breast cancer patient
  • Insights from NAPBC
  • Wound Care

CME Accreditation

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.00 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.00 hour meet the requirements for Patient Safety*.

* The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.


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CME Credit Claiming Information

All attendees must complete the course evaluation in order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. The course evaluation will appear once you take and complete this course. The following requirements will need to be completed:

  • Review all course materials 
  • Course evaluation

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.

Participants may only claim a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this activity.   

  • Post test and Credit claiming may begin on July 10th at 2pm CST.
  • Credit may be claimed through September 7, 2024 at 11:59pm.


CE Credit Claiming Information

  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 17134 for 1 contact hour. 
  • Offered by the American College of Surgeons Area of Continuous Quality Improvement.
  • Breast Cancer Surgery: Meeting Standards and Improving Outcomes Through Patient Education” is approved by the National Cancer Registrars Association for 1.00 CE hours of which 0 hours meet the Category A requirement. Event #2024-127.