17th Annual Fall Cancer Conference: Unique Challenges Faced by Young Adults with Cancer

Madison, WI US
October 19, 2018

Course Overview

Patients aged 15 to 39 years old at their initial diagnosis constitute the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivorship population, which includes approximately 70,000 patients diagnosed each year. Although the incidence of invasive cancer in AYAs is lower than in younger children or older adults, the psychosocial needs of AYAs often exceed those seen in older adults. Many issues are the focus of active research, such as concurrently providing oncologic and primary care, appropriate disease surveillance, appropriate screening for therapy-related late effects, and the need to provide psychologic and social support for patients returning to school, work, and family life.

Elements of Comptence

This continuing education (CE) activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties area of medical knowlede, patient care and procedural skills, and professionalism. This activity also focuses on the interprofessional competencies of roles/responsibilities, and teams/teamwork.

Conference Fees

$175 Physicians

$125 Nurses, Physician Assistants, Clinical Research Associates, Social Workers, Residents, Other Health Care Professionals

$40 Residents, Fellows, Students, UW Staff

$40 Cancer Patients, Survivors, Caregivers, and Family Members

The conference fee includes the cost of tuition, materials, breakfast, refreshment break, lunch, and a nonrefundable processing fee of $25.  

Registration deadline:  October 12, 2018.  Cancellations:  Registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee, will be refunded if written notification of cancellation is received by October 12, 2018.  Refunds will not be granted after October 12.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for individuals who are involved in cancer treatment and education of cancer patients and their families: oncology physicians, primary care physicians, oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical research associates, health educators, social workers, psychologists, chaplains and other interested health care professionals involved in cancer care. Patients, caregivers and community members are also encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives

This activity is designed to educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers about challenges and issues affecting young adults with cancer. Learning objectives for this conference include:

  • Recognize the impact of cancer on a young adult patient through a personal story.
  • Examine trends in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers over the past decade and understand why AYA cancer patients continue to be a “special” population.
  • Identify late and long-term health considerations for young cancer survivors and discuss management strategies to implement.
  • Review the current literature on cancer and exercise and how it supports the benefits of exercise during a cancer journey and discuss how to use exercise principles to help patients begin and guide a program they can succeed at.
  • Outline psychosocial challenges that young adult cancer patients face as they transition to survivorship care and define strategies and supportive care resources to help them adjust to life after cancer treatment.
  • Explain how cancer diagnosis and treatment can alter the sexual functioning and sexual lives of young adult cancer survivors and learn how to initiate discussions about sexuality and sexual health concerns of young adult cancer survivors.
  • Summarize male and female fertility and fertility preservation options before, during and after treatment and review current data on fertility preservation.
  • Explain and describe management of chronic pain in the young adult cancer population.
  • Identify resources to best support kids, teens and their parents through a cancer diagnosis and whatever comes after.
  • Differentiate types of genetic tests and understand the role of genetic counselors in facilitating patient care.
  • Define and clarify legacy work, including dignity therapy.
  • Explain what forgiveness is and is not and understand peer-reviewed research on forgiveness therapy as a therapeutically-verified treatment. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 6.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 6.00 Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Hours
  • 6.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/19/2018 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
10/19/2018 - 3:25pm

October 19, 2018


7:15      Welcome and Introductions, Noelle LoConte, MD

8:00      Making the Most of a Life, Interrupted, Suleika Jaouad

9:00      AYA Cancer....The Next Chapter, Lynda Kwon Beaupin, MD

9:55      Visit with Symposium Exhibitors

10:25    Attend One of the Following Workshops:

              A) Shaping the Future:  Late and Long-Term Health Considerations and Management Strategies for Young Cancer Survivors,

                   Amye Tevaarwerk, MD

              B) Moving Forward:  Incorporating Movement and Exercise into a Healing Plan, Lisa Milbrandt & Karla Bock

              C) Worry, Distress and More:  Supporting Young Adult Survivors as They Transition to Life After Cancer Treatment

                   Kristin Bingen, PhD

              D) Intimate Issues:  Cancer and Sexuality in Young Adult Survivors, Marloe Esch, RN, BSN, OC

11:20    All You Need to Know About Cryo, Kristin Smith, BS


12:15     Lunch

1:05       Attend One of the Following Workshops:

              A) Pain in Young Cancer Survivors:  Where Do We Go From Here, Sara Christensen Holz, MD; Peggy Kim, MS, MS, MBA

              B) What About the Kids:  Helping Young Survivors & Co-Survivors Parent Through a Cancer Diagnosis

                   Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C

              C) Genetic Testing:  What You Need to Know, What Your Patients Need to Know, and What's Next, Anna Zakas, MS, MPH

              D) I Will Remember You.  Will You Remember Me?  Meaning and Memorial Through Legacy Work, Kathy van Veldheusin, NP

2:00       Forgiveness as a Strengthening of Emotional Health in Cancer Patients and Their Families, Robert Enright, PhD

2:55       Synthesis of Day/Wrap Up, Noelle LoConte, MD

Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703
United States
+1 (608) 261-4000


  • Kristin Bingen, PhD
  • Karla Bock
  • Sara Christensen Holz, MD
  • Robert Enright, PhD
  • Marloe Esch, RN, BSN, OC
  • Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C
  • Suleika Jaouad
  • Peggy Kim, MD, MS, MBA
  • Lynda Swon Beaupin, MD
  • Noelle LoConte, MD
  • Lisa Milbrandt
  • Kristin Smith, BS
  • Amye Tevaarwerk, MD
  • Kathy van Veldheusin, NP
  • Anna Zakas, MS, MPH

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this continuing education (CE) activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest.  Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s).  Detailed disclosures will be made available in the activity handout materials.

Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) and the Wisconsin Cancer Council. The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) & Iowa Board of Nursing

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 ANCC and Iowa contact hours. The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for .6 CEUs or 6 hours.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 6.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 6.00 Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Hours
  • 6.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours

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Emergency situations occasionally occur and may necessitate topic or speaker changes. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP reserve the right to alter or substitute a topic or speaker without prior notification.


For conference information contact Craig Robida at crobida@uwhealth.org