Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Task Force

Task Force Mission

To advocate for and improve quality care from screening through survivorship for people affected by Breast Cancer in Colorado.

The Colorado Breast Cancer Task Force is a network of organizations and individuals that provides leadership and coordination of breast cancer services. It serves as a catalyst for breast cancer prevention and control activities throughout Colorado.

Meeting Information

  • Date

    3rd Thursday of the Month

  • Time

    9:30 am – 11:00 am

  • Address

    American Cancer Society, 2255 S Oneida St, Denver, CO

  • Web Conference

    N/A

Task Force Meeting Minutes

July 2016 Minutes

We will be publishing an article in the Colorado Nurses Foundation publication.  At our next meeting we will discuss content, so please brainstorm education ideas. Perhaps an article about IBC.

For future meetings, we will rotate between Zoom only meetings and meeting in person (using zoom for those out of the area).  Our next meeting will be using zoom only.  Here is the survey monkey asking for your availability, please complete the survey by August 1st.  CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.  If you have issues completing the survey, please email Brandy your dates and times and I will complete it for you.

Action Items: Before our next meeting…

o   In our next meeting we will identify gaps and discuss what materials need to be created.

August 2016 Minutes

First of all, thank you to those that participated in our last meeting.  The meeting ran smoothly and we were actually able to accomplish a few things.  Please read the info below as it contains important information and action steps for each of us.

PLEASE USE THIS LINK – We would like to track our outreach and education in the community.  A large part of our action plan is about these two things, Knowledge is power and the more we talk about screenings the more likely we will be able to increase those screenings in minority groups. This link –https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aILEt7Fbn_Gqlo7eAoQWMMNQfFj2NhUc-0FXeDZ30hM/edit?usp=sharing – is a google doc for you to track your outreach efforts and the number of individuals you reached. (Thanks Christi for creating the doc)

Emily, has also provided the screening documents attached to this email (thank you).  These documents will be helpful to use a resource fairs or education seminars that you hold.  The documents discuss many types of cancer and recommendations for each.  One thing they don’t include in regards to breast cancer is inflammatory breast cancer.  So please continue to talk about the signs and symptoms for that.  Here is a link if you need it: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/inflammatory-breast-cancer?gclid=CPv984qx2s4CFY-AaQodKHEA9g

Tiffany and I are working on the article we will have printed in the November edition of Colorado Nurse.  This publication reaches over 72,000 nurses in Colorado.

Future task force meetings will be held monthly – the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:30-3:30.  Most meetings will be held over Zoom to encourage more participation statewide.  Project Angel Heart will host meetings quarterly for the group as well.  Please look for the calendar invites soon.

I am also looking for a few individuals to step forward and help with planning our next steps (a leadership type group).  It would be great to have more input from everyone about our next steps and action items.

In addition to the leadership – I would also like to hear from all of you… what are you looking for from the BCTF meetings?  Is it all about the cancer plan and next steps? Do you want it to be more interactive with a learning component? Networking?  Please tell me as I am open to your thoughts.  Again, I encourage more involvement.

Next meeting will be September 15, from 2:30-3:30. Info is below.

Chair Information

Brandy Brogan

Brandy Brogan

Client Services Manager, Project Angel Heart

Member Organizations

  • American Cancer Society
  • Calaway Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital
  • Centura
  • Colorado Community Health Network
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Colorado Foundation for Public Health & Environment
  • Denver Health
  • Haxtun Hospital & Medical Center
  • HealthONE
  • Hope Lives
  • Kaiser
  • LifeSpark Cancer Resources
  • Longmont United Hospital
  • Mountain Family Health
  • Native American Cancer Research
  • Peak Vista
  • Planned Parenthood – Rocky Mountains
  • Project Angel Heart
  • SCL Health
  • Sense of Security
  • Summit Clinic
  • Susan G. Komen Colorado
  • Tri-County Health Department
  • University of Colorado Health
  • Yampa Valley Medical Center
  • Yuma Hospital

Task Force Action Plan

  • By 2020, increase high-quality, guideline-adherent breast cancer screening rates among average and targeted populations (including individuals living under 250% FPL, those living in rural or frontier counties, and those that have Medicaid).
  • By 2020, provide education to providers, individuals, and the general public about signs/symptoms and screening for various types of breast cancer.

To read more about our action plan for breast cancer please click the button below.

Upcoming Breast Cancer Events

Breast Cancer Task Force Current Work

Creating and implementing the action plan for 2016-2018. 

o   Expand taskforce membership

o   Engage members of the taskforce

o   Collaborate with other segments of the Coalition

o   Provide education and outreach

Breast Cancer Task Force Successes

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Resources

Susan G. Komen Resources

Glossary of commonly used terms related to breast cancer: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Glossary.html

Questions to Ask Your Doctor (available in English & Spanish): http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/QuestionstoAsktheDoctorPDFDownloads.html

Comprehensive information about all aspects of breast cancer: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/KomenEducationalMaterials.html

  • Breast self awareness
  • Understanding breast cancer
  • Risk factors & risk reduction
  • Screening & detection
  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment
  • Living with breast cancer & survivorship
  • Coping with breast cancer
  • Information for specific populations

Translated materials: http://ww5.komen.org/translations.html

Videos
Breast Cancer 101: http://ww5.komen.org/bsl_kbc/en/kbc_01_01a.htm

What to Expect after a Breast Cancer Diagnosis: http://ww3.komen.org/Flashviewer/flowchart/index.htm

PDF Documents

National resources for breast cancer patients (financial support, support groups, information for male breast cancer patients, etc.): http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/_Komen/Content/About_Breast_Cancer/Tools_and_Resources/Fact_Sheets_and_Breast_Self_Awareness_Cards/BreastCancerResources.pdf

Questions to ask your doctor http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/QuestionstoAsktheDoctorPDFDownloads.html 

  • Breast density
  • Clinical trials
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • If you find a lump in your breast
  • When breast cancer is diagnosed
  • Breast biopsy
  • Treatment choices
  • Before breast surgery
  • After breast surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Hormone therapy
  • Lymphedema
  • If someone you love has breast cancer
  • Mammography
  • Genes & inherited breast cancer

Most commonly encountered aspects of the disease, from axillary lymph nodes to breast cancer prognosis to healthy living to disparities among LGBTQ communities, etc.: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/KomenEducationalMaterials.html#Facts-for-Life-Fact-Sheets