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Breast Cancer - The Younger Woman With Early Breast Cancer - What Do I Need To Know?

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The Breast cancer in the family – what does it mean? module was developed by Cancer Australia and adapted for online delivery by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

This module is presented by Professor Christobel Saunders, Head of Unit for Surgery, QEII Medical Centre, University of Western Australia

The younger woman with early breast cancer – what do I need to know?

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate appropriate investigation and management of a younger woman presenting with a breast symptom
  • understand the physical and psychosocial issues relevant to a younger woman facing a diagnosis of, or undergoing treatment for, breast cancer
  • describe appropriate follow-up care for a younger woman with breast cancer in the primary care setting.


This module contains:

  • Written information
  • Case studies
  • Links to websites with useful information


The module has been written with the expectation that practitioners would work through it sequentially in the first instance.

Definition of a ‘younger woman’
Incidence of breast cancer by age at diagnosis
What is different in younger women?
Breast cancer outcomes in younger women
The triple test
Treatment considerations: location
Treatment options
Issues associated with diagnosis and treatment
Effect of treatment on fertility
Fertility preservation
Surgical treatment and outcomes
Breast reconstruction options
External breast prostheses
Pregnancy during treatment
Pregnancy after breast cancer
Treatment-induced menopause
Managing premature menopause
Psychosocial concerns
Sexuality support and resources
Practical issues
Follow-up after breast cancer

Breast Cancer - The Younger Woman With Early Breast Cancer - What Do I Need To Know?
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