CME: The Impact of Cancer on the Young Adult Patient

The Impact of Cancer on the Young Adult Patient

The Impact of Cancer on the Young Adult Patient
Dr. Denise Rokitka analyzes the decrease in survival rate for AYA, and the contributing factors associated with this alarming trend.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15 Minutes


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  • Overview

    In this segment, Dr. Rokitka describes the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer population including what makes them unique and why they need special attention. Also discussed will be the more common cancer types seen among AYAs and what action(s) to take if a malignancy is suspected in an AYA patient.

    This activity is part of a series ofin-depth discussions with oncology thought leaders at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York targeting primary care and family physicians.

    This series was made possible through the generous support of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.

    Denise Rokitka, MD, MPH
    Director - Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Survivorship Program
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Oncology
    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Buffalo, NY

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    University of Buffalo
    Buffalo, NY

    Dr. Rokitka has nothing to disclose.


    • Sean T. Barrett has nothing to disclose.
    • Laurel DiBrog has nothing to disclose.
    • Carole Drexel, PhD, CHCP has nothing to disclose.
    • Barry A. Fiedel, PhD has nothing to disclose.
    • Janet J. Harszlak, PhD has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
    • Ashley Snowden has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Describe the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer population, what makes them unique and why they need special attention
    • Discuss the more common cancer types seen among AYAs
    • Know what action(s) to take if a malignancy is suspected in your AYA patient
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Primary Care Physicians and Oncologists.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center of Buffalo, New York. TOPEC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of TOPEC. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of TOPEC, you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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