Breast, Mammography, Education, Multidisciplinary cancer care
E. Metsälä, K. Paalimäki-Paakki, J. Hoffren, J. Jorge, S. Kivistik, R. Lumme, L. Marmy, T. S. Schroderus-Salo, B. Strom
European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists (EUSOMA) recommends that healthcare organisations should pay serious attention to multidisciplinarity and patient-centred breast cancer pathways, beginning from the diagnostic stage to the therapeutic stage to the follow up stage [1,2]. Working multiprofessionally results in better breast cancer treatment, especially in terms of clinical and process outcomes such as patient participation in decision-making as well as cancer research .
Breast cancer care pathways comprise several professionals and it is not possible to consider them all in one study. (Figure 1) Therefore in this study we focus on professionals with bachelor level education in European universities of applied sciences. The purpose of this study was to review research studies about nurses, biomedical laboratory scientists, radiation therapists' and diagnostic radiographers on the competences needed in breast cancer treatment and care in the therapeutic phase, in order to support an interprofessional way of working.