The Advanced Breast Cancer Nurse: A Key Role in the Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Health Itinerary

  • Suzanna WinstonEmail author
Part of the Principles of Specialty Nursing book series (PSN)


Hundreds of thousands of women in the world are currently living with metastatic breast cancer. Thanks to the large advances in treatment, it is becoming a chronic disease. These patients express, through questionnaires, their poor quality of life, confusion when faced with the complexity of their healthcare, and a deep feeling of loneliness. The supportive care of these patients in Europe is still largely undeveloped. Within a multidisciplinary team, the advanced breast cancer nurse (ABCN) will play the key role in supportive care from discovery of metastasis, until the patient is transferred to palliative care. The presence of an ABCN should be formalized and funded in all breast cancer facilities. The creation of a healthcare track for metastatic breast cancer patients will facilitate the integration of the nurse into this role and help her to accomplish the mission.


Advanced breast cancer Advanced breast cancer nurse Clinical role Supportive care Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cliniques Universitaires Saint-LucUniversité Catholique de LouvainBrusselsBelgium

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