Fertility Preservation Issues (AYA Females)

If fertility preservation issues are not addressed soon enough with female patients between the ages of 15 and 39 with cancer, survivors may not learn until too late that they won't be able to have children. This free course offers discussions of two cases to illustrate management of these issues, including a 20-year-old student with Ewing Sarcoma and  a 34-year-old woman with breast cancer. This course was updated in 2014.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the impact of fertility and fertility options when treating adolescent and young adult (AYA) female patients with cancer.
  • Recognize how cancer treatments affect reproductive outcomes in these patients and apply this information to actual practice when appropriate.
  • Compare 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.

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