This free case-based course 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.

The Hodgkin Lymphoma Case Study focuses on the case of a 16-year-old girl diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin lymphoma with bulky involvement.  The presentation discusses adult vs. pediatric treatment options, as well as the challenges related to delivery of care for an adolescent patient; also covered is the risk of developing secondary breast cancer later in life and the need for screening in patients with a previous Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis.

The two-part activity on Breast Cancer as a Second Malignancy focuses on a young woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer who previously underwent treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma as a young adolescent.  Section 1 includes an introduction and patient case which highlights issues related to disease chronicity and cancer recurrence.  Section 2 further discusses quality of life, sexuality, and body image as it relates to the patient case.    

Learning Objectives

  • Increase awareness of issues and challenges facing adolescent and young adult (AYAs) (ages 15-39) cancer survivors and apply knowledge to address the physical and psychosocial issues associated with survivorship
  • Increase awareness of the differing treatment options for pediatric and adult patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Identify breast cancer treatments that have a significant impact on quality of life and assess the potential use of alternative treatment options as appropriate for adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients

Continuing Education Credit

4.5 Credits/Points are available for participation in this course. Certificate and credit types available include:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • ABIM MOC Points
  • CNE Contact Hours
  • ONCC ILNA Points in Survivorship
  • 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.

Important Notes 
  • This course expires on December 16, 2018. Participants must complete all necessary course components by this date to receive credit.

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.