This free case-based course, developed for oncologists, addresses the sometimes difficult transition of care for patients ages 15 to 39 to an adult-focused team, as well as the unique late effects of cancer treatment that can go undetected and/or unresolved. It presents the scenario of a young woman who was treated for Hodgkin Lymphoma at age 21 and then developed breast cancer at age 32. It delves into the medical and psychosocial issues that are associated with survivorship for this age group.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of issues and challenges facing adolescent and young adult (AYAs) (ages 15-39) cancer survivors.
  • Discuss the spectrum of treatment effects, including late effects among AYA survivors.
  • Differentiate between optimal and sub-optimal survivor-focused care and rationale.
  • Recognize the range of psychosocial issues facing survivors and identify appropriate resources.
  • Choose the most appropriate surveillance-risk follow-up treatment and care plans.

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

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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