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Montagna, Giacomo; Anderson, David; Bochenek-Cibor, Justyna; Bozovic-Spasojevic, Ivana; Campos, Conceicao; Cavallero, Sandro; Durutovic, Ivana; Cuadra, Manuel Oscar Gomez; Irfan, Tazia; Joly, Laetita; Kassem, Loay; Kolben, Theresa M.; Machacek, Martina; Khan, Benazir Mir; Nagvekar, Mayur; Pellegrino, Benedetta; Pogoda, Katarzyna; Camara, Gabriela Rodrigues; Ferreira, Pedro Santos; Seferi, Melsi; Talibova, Narmin; Van den Rul, Nathalie; Vettus, Elen and Rocco, Nicola (2019): How to become a breast cancer specialist in 2018: The point of view of the second cohort of the Certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer (CCB2). In: Breast, Vol. 43: pp. 18-21

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Breast cancer (BC) is the most frequent cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer death in females worldwide. Rapid research advancements add to the complexity of treatment options for this disease. It is known that the quality of patients' care is deeply affected by healthcare professionals following these advancements. There is a growing need for academic education to increase clinical knowledge and skills of physicians treating BC patients. The certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer Program (CCB) is a Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) organized by the European School of Oncology in cooperation with Ulm University (Germany), which focuses on both the clinical and scientific competence required for improving quality in the management of BC patients. This paper describes the experience of the second CCB cohort (CCB2), which brought together 24 physicians from four continents who shared the common will to improve their competence and skills in BC treatment.

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