If fertility preservation issues are not addressed soon enough with male and female patients with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39, survivors may not learn until too late that they won't be able to have children, and males with cancer may miss the opportunity for sperm banking. This free course offers discussions of four cases to illustrate management of these issues. Case discussions include a 19-year-old male diagnosed with AML, a 28-year-old with testicular cancer, a 20-year-old female student with Ewing Sarcoma and a 34-year-old woman with breast cancer.
- Explain the impact of fertility and fertility options when treating adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer.
- Recognize how cancer treatments affect reproductive outcomes in these patients and apply this information to actual practice when appropriate.
- Compare sperm banking and retrieval techniques and factors, and fertility preservation techniques and factors that may influence applicability/availability of specific interventions.
- Identify and share resources for patients in order to facilitate fertility interventions when desired.
ACGME Competencies addressed:
- Medical Knowledge
- Practice-based Learning & Improvement
- Interpersonal & Communications Skills
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.
3 Credits/Points are available for participation in this course. Certificate and credit types available include:
- AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- CNE Contact Hours
- CPE Credits
- Certificate of Participation may be used to confer credit; however, all final decisions regarding the awarding of credits will be made by the licensing organization to which the credits are submitted.
- Certificate of Completion may be used to document participation, but no credit will be conferred.