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Early Recognition and Management of Side Effects Related to Systemic Anticancer Therapy for Advanced Breast Cancer.

OBJECTIVES: Advances in science and technology have meant there are numerous treatment options available for people with advanced breast cancer (ABC). However, each therapeutic approach can cause side effects or adverse events, which can significantly affect the person's quality of life, overall well-being, and, in some instances, safety. This report presents an overview of the common side effects of systemic anticancer therapy and ways to manage them.

DATA SOURCES: Data sources include peer-reviewed articles sourced in electronic databases and national and international best practice guidelines (ESMO, ASCO, and MASCC guidelines).

CONCLUSION: Systemic anticancer therapies have side effects that healthcare professionals need to know about to monitor and manage them in early stages. Nurses play an important role in patient education, early identification, monitoring, and management of treatment side effects.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: People with ABC face many challenges during their treatment journey. Oncology nurses, specialist nurses, and nurse practitioners can be of support by providing preventive measures and side effects management at an early stage. Nurses need to have a good understanding of toxicity management but also advanced tumor-specific cancer knowledge of the different subtypes of ABC and holistic assessment skills. They are also key to providing support and enhancing self-management and early recognition of side effects.

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