Diagnosis and Treatment

This free case-based course, developed for oncologists, covers the following topics for patients ages 15 to 39: frequency of missed or delayed diagnosis; unique issues associated with treatment for this age group; biologic factors; the importance of clinical trials; and communication with primary care physicians. The two cases presented focus on adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and colon cancer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of adolescents and young adults (AYA) (ages 15-39) with cancer.
  • Identify potential diagnostic tests and the rationale for ordering the tests for 2 cases.
  • Determine a differential diagnosis based on the information provided.
  • Choose the most appropriate follow-up treatment and care plans.

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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