Cancer Care

Did you know that the prognosis for young adults with cancer today is worse than it was 25 years ago? Compared to younger and older cohorts, there has been a relative lack of progress in the United States in the diagnosis and treatment of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) diagnosed with cancer from age 15 through 39. Cancer is a leading natural cause of death for this population and the spectrum of cancers that are commonly diagnosed for AYAs differs from older patients. This free course seeks to help oncologists understand the unique aspects of the cancers that occur among this age group and share resources to help address the medical and support care for these patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the unique aspects of AYA cancers including barriers to diagnosis and medical treatment facing adolescents and young adults ages 15-39 with cancer.
  • Recognize the psychosocial challenges facing AYAs with cancer, including informational, interpersonal, and practical issues.
  • Describe the importance of effective communication between the patient, the primary care physician, the oncologists and the vast array of care-givers.
  • Identify appropriate facilities for optimal care and provide resources to enable enrollment in clinical trials.

CME credit is available for this course.

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

Note: This course is now accessible through iPads as well as personal computers.

This activity is co-sponsored by the 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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