NCCN Task Force Report: Bone Health in Cancer Care

Bone health and maintenance of bone integrity are important components of comprehensive cancer care. The NCCN convened a multidisciplinary task force on Bone Health in Cancer Care to discuss the progress made in assessing bone health; cancer therapy and bone loss; therapeutic strategies for maintaining bone health in patients with cancer; role of antiresorptive agents in preventing recurrences; pathophysiology of bone metastases and its complications; imaging and treatment of bone metastases; and safety and toxicity considerations while using antiresorptive agents. Although bone health is important in all areas of oncology, this task force report focuses on bone health and bone metastases in patients with breast and prostate cancer.

Target Audience

This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals who manage patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe imaging techniques for screening and detection of bone loss in patients with cancer and surgical management of bone metastasis
  • Identify the appropriate management strategy for treatment-induced bone loss and skeletal complications associated with breast and prostate cancer
  • Discuss the safety concerns of bone modifying agents and guidelines related  to management  of associated toxicities
  • Communicate with the patient the rationale for bone-modifying agent
  • Establish goals of bone-modifying therapy with the patient
Additional information
Supporters: 

The distribution of this task force report is supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen and by an educational grant from Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Participation
  • 1.50 Nurse
  • 1.50 Pharmacist
  • 1.50 Physician
Course opens: 
08/17/2013
Course expires: 
08/17/2014
Cost:
$0.00

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Participation
  • 1.50 Nurse
  • 1.50 Pharmacist
  • 1.50 Physician

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
08/17/2013
Course expires: 
08/17/2014

Price

Cost:
$0.00
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  • A device with an Internet connection
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