Social, Psychological and Family Aspects of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

This session will provide practitioners with an overview of the psychosocial aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis and its potential impact on the family unit. The goal of the course is to enable practitioners to provide psychoeducation and support to patients throughout their breast cancer trajectory. Oncology psychologist Regina Melchor, Psy.D., a Memorial Sloan-Kettering alumna, will also share information on local resources for patients.

RETURN TO MAIN PAGE: Breast Cancer for the Non-Oncologist: Supporting Your Patients Through Diagnosis and Treatment

Original Release Date: December 2016
Review Date: December 2021

Target Audience

Family Medicine Physicians, Ob/Gyns, Internal Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Medical Students and Residents.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the social, psychological and familial aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis and provide support and access to resources for patients and their families. 
Additional information
  • Breitbart, W., and Alici, Y. (2009) Psycho-Oncology, Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 17:6, 361-376
  • Roth, A. J., Greenstein, M., Wiesel, T. W., & Schulberg, S. (2015). Depressive Spectrum Disorders and Grief. Geriatric Psycho-Oncology: A Quick Reference on the Psychosocial Dimensions of Cancer Symptom Management.
  • Courrier, M.B., and Nemeroff, C.B. (2014) Depression as a risk factor for cancer: From pathophysiological advances to treatment implications. Annual Review of Medicine, 65. doi 10:1146/annurev-med-061212-171507. 
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
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Course expires: 

Regina Melchor, Psy.D.
Oncology Psychologist
Cancer Patient Support Services
Miami Cancer Institute

Regina Melchor, Psy.D., faculty of this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 General certificate of attendance
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