Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal/Revue canadienne de soins infirmiers en oncologie
Leah K Lambert, Lynda G Balneaves, A Fuchsia Howard

Summary: Adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) is a highly efficacious treatment that significantly reduces breast cancer recurrence and mortality for women with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer. Yet, many women do not adhere to prescribed AET. The overarching aim of this research was to gain a better understanding of why a significant number of women diagnosed with breast cancer have suboptimal adherence to AET. A mixed-methods approach was used to explore the personal, social, and structural factors influencing breast cancer survivors’ AET adherence, including:(1) an integrative review of patient-reported factors associated with AET adherence; and (2) interviews with breast cancer survivors prescribed AET. In this paper, we summarize and discuss the key contributions of both phases of this research, implication for clinical practice, and how we might leverage the expertise of nurses in practicing to full scope to address the complex needs of breast cancer survivors prescribed AET.

It’s not an easy fix: Adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy after breast cancer
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