10054 - Current Issues Related to the Evaluation of Axillary Lymph Nodes in Breast Cancer

Course Director

Savitri Krishnamurthy, M.D., University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Description

Pathologic evaluation of axillary sentinel and non-sentinel lymph nodes is extremely important for staging, guiding management with respect to the need for adjuvant therapy, and for ascertaining prognosis of patients with breast cancer. Recognition of the issues related to the pathological evaluation of lymph nodes, particularly in light of the results of the recently published results of NSABP B-32 and ACOSOG Z-11, is of utmost importance to provide the information needed for all patients who undergo axillary lymphatic mapping and axillary dissection. This course will outline all the current issues related to the pathological evaluation of axillary sentinel and non-sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer.

Credits

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Opus Medicus designates this Internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credits

In addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Opus Medicus designates this course for Specialty Board MOC Program Credits:

1.0 ABP SAM for MOC Credits1
1.0 ABIM MOC Points2

Accreditation Statement

Opus Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Tuition Fees

Course & Credits: $24.00

Course Dates

Last Review Date: 07-May-2016
Expiration Date: 07-May-2019

Objectives

After completing this course, pathologists and oncologists will be able to:

1. Be familiar with the current issues related to the pathologic examination of axillary sentinel and non-sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer.

2. Understand the significance of the size of metastatic carcinoma in the axillary lymph nodes in the management of patients with breast cancer.

3. Be familiar with the results of seminal clinical trials and their impact on pathology practice.

Topics

Topics covered:

1. Lymphatic mapping procedure

2. Pathologic examination of sentinel and non-sentinel lymph nodes

3. Outline the results of ACOSOG Z11 and NSABP B32 and the impact of the results of these clinical trials on pathology practice

Specific topics covered in this AMA PRA Categogy 1 Credit™ online CME course include sentinel lymph nodes, breast cancer, and metastatic carcinoma.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Competencies

☑  Patient Care (PC)
☑  Medical Knowledge (MK)

Financial Relationship Disclosure and Content Attestation

Dr. Savitri Krishnamurthy, Course Director, attests that she has no financial relationships with a commercial entity producing health-care related products and/or services. Dr. Steven R. Tahan, Education Committee Chair, attests that commercial entities with which he has relationships do not produce health-care related products or services relevant to the content of this course. No other person who has provided content for or who can influence the content of this course has disclosed financial relationships with commercial entities that produce health care-related products or services relevant to the course content.

There has been no commercial support for this course.

Supported Computer Hardware and Software Configurations3

Supported client computing platforms include:

A broadband Internet connection is required (e.g., cable, DSL, and 3G or 4G wireless). The course presentation is automatically scaled to the size of the display, from 800x480 pixels (minimum supported) to 1920x1200 pixels. On some smart phones, viewing courses may be tedious.

Supported browsers include:

Javascript, cookies, and popups must be enabled on your browser (which is the default configuration for most browsers).


1. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Self Assessment Module (SAM) Credits in the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, in addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Participants will earn SAM for MOC credits equivalent to the amount of AMA PRA Category 1 credits claimed for the activity. Upon course completion, participants may download a completion certificate as evidence of completion.

2. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, in addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of AMA PRA Category 1 credits claimed for the activity. Immediately upon course completion, Opus Medicus will submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

3. The course may also be viewable on other client computing platforms that comply with Internet standards. If you experience technical problems that prevent you from viewing the course, we will promptly issue a full refund upon request.