The evolving role of the Breast Care Nurse in the management of patients with early breast cancer

Rebecca Llewellyn-Bennett, Jane Barker, Zoe E Winters

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Abstract

Initially, the role of the BCN focused on psychological support but lacked formalization and national direction until new changes were initiated for cancer services in 1995 (10). These changes promoted delivery of a uniformly high level of care to all patients with cancer across the UK. In 1996, the National Health Service (NHS) Executive (11) prepared a series of standardized guidance documents on breast cancer services to provide optimum care for those with malignant disease. The BCN was included as one of the multidisciplinary team members, and this document recommended that the BCN should work exclusively in breast care and have completed the specialist course in counseling and communication [the A11 English National Board (ENB)]. Continued psychosocial support was highlighted as a crucial requirement throughout the patient’s cancer journey.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly Breast Cancer
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Screening to Multidisciplinary Management
EditorsJohn R. Benson, Gerald Gui, Todd M. Tuttle
PublisherCRC Press
Chapter32
Number of pages6
Edition3rd
ISBN (Electronic)9781841848860
ISBN (Print)9781841848853
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2013

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