Breast Cancer: An Integrative Approach (2019-2021)


One out of every eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, a number that has been increasing steadily over the past decade. The prevalence of breast cancer in men is also on the rise. Given the number of breast cancer diagnoses, practitioners must be equipped with up-to-date, comprehensive information about prevention, treatment, and survivorship.

Breast cancer treatment is complex and demanding. It is important that busy providers have the tools they can incorporate into conventional cancer treatment -- integrative interventions that new research shows can impact not only quality of life, but also cancer-specific outcomes. These powerful integrative adjuvants include stress management, exercise, sleep, and diet.

Practitioners trained in an integrative medicine model have the potential to improve outcomes, encourage optimism and resilience, and teach innovative, effective approaches to self-care in their patients. Information in this course will help practitioners better serve patients with breast cancer in all stages of treatment.

Learning Objectives

Breast Cancer Risk Reduction
Participants will be able to:

  • List key risk factors for breast cancer and identify modifiable risk factors.
  • Define strategies to help patients address modifiable risk factors.
  • Discuss counseling women on the role of nutrition in breast cancer risk reduction.
  • Recognize the roles of insulin resistance and environmental toxins in breast cancer risk.
  • Recognize those women at high risk for breast cancer and appropriately refer those patients for genetic screening, intensive surveillance, and risk reduction.
  • Apply evidence-based integrative approaches to breast cancer risk reduction using case-based learning.

Breast Cancer Treatment
Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss surgical options for breast cancer treatment and reconstructive surgery.
  • Assess methods used to optimize surgical outcomes, improve patient experience, and reduce risk of complications.
  • Describe classes of drug therapies and radiation therapy for breast cancer treatment, their associated adverse effects, and approaches to prevent or minimize these effects.
  • Recognize the Traditional Chinese Medicine interpretation of the causes and treatment approaches to breast cancer, especially the use of acupuncture for addressing some of the adverse effects of conventional treatment.
  • Evaluate commonly used mind-body medicine approaches used to prepare and support women during breast cancer treatment.
  • Discuss the medical evidence for exercise and dietary maneuvers shown to improve the efficacy and mitigate adverse side effects of breast cancer chemotherapy.
  • Apply evidence-based integrative medicine strategies to breast cancer using case-based learning that addresses a variety of diagnostic and treatment scenarios.

Breast Cancer Survivorship
Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss guidelines for monitoring breast cancer patients post-treatment.
  • Discuss the evidence that several dietary maneuvers differentially affect recurrence risk for various subtypes of breast cancer.
  • Demonstrate approaches to prevent or reduce symptoms of physical weakness, functional impairment, lymphedema, and nerve damage caused by surgery and radiation therapy for breast cancer.
  • Identify the impact of long-term breast cancer endocrine therapy on general health, and discuss evidence-based integrative approaches to manage hot flashes, osteoporosis, and sexual function.
  • Assess evidence-based integrative medicine approaches to mental health after breast cancer treatment, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue.
  • Apply evidence-based integrative medicine strategies in case-based learning format to address the complex needs of breast cancer survivors.


Course Modules

Breast Cancer Risk Reduction
Breast Cancer & Insulin Resistance
Breast Cancer & the Environment
High-Risk Patients

Treatment Options
Reducing Adverse Effects of Drug Therapy
Reducing Adverse Effects of Radiation Therapy

Monitoring and Decreasing Recurrence Risk
Physical Rehabilitation in Breast Cancer Survivors
Endocrine Considerations
Mental Health and Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Evaluation
Breast Cancer Exam

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion you will be able to print your certificate of completion.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, and other health practitioners who have interest in integrative medicine.


When all of the above requirements are met (during the agreed upon timeline), a link for the completion certificate is available to download and print anytime from "My Account." If a specific credit type was selected at registration, your certificate will indicate earned credits.


This course does not constitute medical advice. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment.

All case studies and patient scenarios in this course are used for illustrative purposes. All depictions of persons (other than faculty) are models and not actual patients.


You will have a maximum of 30 days access to the material from the start date. You can register and start immediately. If you register for the course and pay with a credit card you will have immediate access to the course. Once your registration is complete, logout and log back in and your course will be listed on the campus page. If you cannot remember your account information, click the Get Username and Password link on the login page and it will be emailed to you.

  1. Complete your registration, including payment of the invoice (find this on "My Account")
  2. Log out
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Breast Cancer: An Integrative Approach (2019-2021)
Disclosure & Education Credit Info



ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation and CME Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course includes an assessment of 10 questions that you must answer 70% correctly or above in order to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

Current CME Approval Period: March 11, 2019 to March 10, 2021

Most Recent Review by Author: January 25, 2019

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Off-label Use

Breast Cancer: An Integrative Approach may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product.

Faculty / Authors

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, CCFP; Director, Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH; Founder, Oregon Integrative Oncology, Ashland, OR
Leila Ali-Akbarian, MD, MPH; Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Cheryl Beighle, MD; Partner, Pediatrician, Everett Clinic, Everett WA
Adi Benito-Herrero, MD; Owner and Director, Princeton Integral Endocrinology, Princeton, NJ
Bridget Bongaard, MD; Medical Director, Islands Hospice, Kahului, HI
Maggi Coplin, MD; Oncologist, Oncology Locums, Chesterfield, MO
Melanie Fiorella, MD; Associate Clinical Professor, UC San Diego Health, San Diego, CA
Pio Guerrero, MD; Attending Physician, Colorado Rehabilitation Specialists, Colorado Springs, CO
Steven Gurgevich, PhD; Clinical Asst Professor of Medicine and Director, The Mind-Body Clinic, Tucson, Arizona
Kathryn Hamilton, MA, RDN, CSO, CDN, FAND; Outpatient Oncology Dietitian, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
James Holleman, MD; Surgeon, St. Luke's Surgical Associates, Columbus, NC
Ayemoethu Ma, MD; Director of Breast Surgery, Mt. Sinai - St. Luke's, New York, NY
Robert Pendergrast, MD; Associate Professor at Georgia Health Sciences University
Jaimie Perkunas, DPT, E-RYT; Owner, Yoga Is Therapy, Tucson, AZ
Joanne Perron, MD; FACOG, Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Santosh Rao, MD; Medical Director of Integrative Medicine, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Gilbert, AZ
Justine Robbins, MEd, LMT, CLT, NCTMB; Lymphedema Therapist, Banner University of Arizona Cancer Center North, Tucson, AZ
Kathleen Sanders, FNP; Nurse Practitioner, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Shilpa Saxena, MD; Founder/President, SevaMed Institute, Inc,Lutz, FL
Diljeet Singh, MD, DrPH; Gynecologic Onocolgy, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group, McLean, VA
Sharon Taylor, MD; Retired, Durham, NC
Jingduan Yang, MD; Founder/Medical Director, Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine, Marlton, NJ
Rena Zimmerman, MD; Radiation Oncologist, Midwest Radiation Oncology Consultants, McHenry, IL

Planning Committee

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, CCFP; Director, Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH; Founder, Oregon Integrative Oncology, Ashland, OR

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