Breast Cancer as a Second Malignancy (2015 Update)

This free two-part activity focuses on a young woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer who previously underwent treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma as a young adolescent.  Section 1 includes an introduction and patient case which highlights issues related to disease chronicity and cancer recurrence.  Section 2 further discusses quality of life, sexuality, and body image as it relates to the patient case.   

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of disease chronicity and recurrence and apply knowledge to improve the care of adolescent and young adult patients.
  • Discuss the unique issues related to body image and sexuality that AYA patients often encounter during cancer treatment and develop strategies to address them.
  • Identify treatments that have a significant impact on quality of life and assess the potential use of alternate treatment options as appropriate.

ACGME Competencies addressed: Medical Knowledge; Practice-based Learning & Improvement; Interpersonal & Communications Skills

This activity is co-sponsored by LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Commission on Cancer/American College of Surgeons, Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

This initiative was supported by the Cooperative Agreement 5U50DP001689-05 from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This course, as well as others in the Focus Under Forty Series, was also supported by the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

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