Katie Miller Young Adult Cancer Conference: Fertility and Family Planning

May 5, 2021


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Honoring those we love - submit a survivor or in memory of photo to be displayed during the conference's welcome announcements.  For additional information, CLICK HERE. (submissions have closed)

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles 

Approximately 80,000 young adults aged 20 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. About 5% of all cancers are diagnosed in people in this age range. About 9,000 young adults die from cancer each year. Cancer is the 4th leading cause of death in this age group, behind only accidents, suicide, and homicide. It’s the leading cause of death from disease among females in this age group, and is second only to heart disease among males.

Young women are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than young men, but young men and women are equally likely to die of cancer. Survival rates for cancer in young adults have not changed much in recent decades, unlike the improvements seen in many cancers in children and older adults. Survival rates can vary a great deal, based on the type of cancer and other factors.

Young adults with cancer face many challenges, from the first onset of problems through treatment and beyond. Too often, symptoms or warning signs are ignored or dismissed due to the age of the patient.  It is seen as something that occurs more predominately in the older population.  With more research, discussion, and public awareness, maybe the key symptoms that might have otherwise been dismissed will be detected early on.

Target Audience

Des Moines University students, staff, and faculty, physicians, nurses, social workers, other medical professionals, and families who have been affected by young adult cancer.


All times listed are in Central Time.

6 pm

Keynote Address - Cancer: Options and Considerations for Fertility Preservation

Brian C. Cooper, MD, FACOG, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Mid-Iowa Fertility

  • Develop strategies for fertility preservation for reproductive age patients with cancer.
  • Recommend comprehensive care considerations for fertility preservation options.
  • Differentiate healthcare priorities for reproductive age patients with cancer.
7 pm

Patient Panel Discussion

Andy Allred, Young Adult Cancer Survivor
Courtney Allred, PA-S, Young Adult Cancer Survivor
Heidi Bardsley, LCSW, Courtney's Mother, Social Worker, and Family Caregiver
Sheila Rees, RN, Nurse Manager, Mid-Iowa Fertility

  • Discuss barriers that patients encounter during their cancer journey.
  • Describe tactics to support patients making difficult decisions regarding healthcare priorities.
  • Explore strategies to reduce barriers and improve patient-centered care.
8:30 pm Adjourn

Remembering Katie

Katherine Miller, known as Katie by her medical school classmates, was a dynamic, empathetic, kind, and beautiful young woman. She approached life with determination and love. Her compassion, drive, and natural charm inspired family members, friends, educators, and mentors. 

Born in New York City and baptized in the Greek Orthodox faith, Katie lived with her family first in Manhattan and then in Palm Beach, Florida, where she completed elementary and middle school education. She graduated from high school at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut. She gravitated toward math, science, and French studies. She excelled academically and earned Dean’s List honors. Outside the classroom, Katie formed enduring friendships through her passion for water sports. She also explored the fine arts through painting and drawing and enjoyed impressionist art especially. 

At the University of Virginia, Katherine found herself drawn to ancient Latin and Greek intricacies, which led her to intensive summer language studies in classics at the University of California-Berkeley and studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In Florida, Katie served several internships with local physicians and came to value the holistic approach to treating patients. Katie succumbed to colon cancer in 2005 at age 26.

Thank you to the Miller family for their generous support! Their contribution makes this conference possible.

Remembering Those We Love

The Katie Miller Cancer Conference is a ceremony of remembrance and hope. It is a way to honor young adult cancer survivors and those who have lost the battle. It is a time to grieve for those we have lost, reflect on our own or loved ones' cancer experience, and find hope that tomorrow holds the promise of a cancer-free world. 

If you are interested in honoring a loved one, you can submit a survivor or in memory of photo. The photos will be displayed during the welcome announcements at the conference.

For additional information, CLICK HERE. (submissions have closed)

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
    • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 2.50 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    05/05/2021 - 6:00pm CDT
    Event ends: 
    05/05/2021 - 8:30pm CDT

    Keynote Speaker

    Brian C. Cooper, MD, FACOG
    Reproductive Endocrinologist, Mid-Iowa Fertility

    Dr. Cooper attended the University of Michigan, receiving his BS in Chemistry and Molecular Biology in 1994. He graduated in the top 10 of his class from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1999. After receiving his MD, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Cooper completed his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Training at the University of Vermont. He is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.


    Panel Members

    Andy Allred
    Young Adult Cancer Survivor

    Courtney Allred, PA-S
    Young Adult Cancer Survivor

    Heidi Bardsley, LCSW
    Courtney's Mother, Social Worker, and Family Caregiver

    Sheila Rees, RN
    Nurse Manager, Mid-Iowa Fertility




    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 2.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 2.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


    No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


    The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose:

    • Andy Allred, speaker
    • Courtney Allred, PA-S, speaker
    • Heidi Bardsley, LCSW, speaker
    • Ben Birk, DO'24, planning committee member
    • Allen Chen, DO'23, planning committee member
    • Connor Fraser, DO'24, planning committee member
    • Kathryn Johnston, DO'24, planning committee member
    • Sameen Khurshid, DO'24, planning committee member
    • Crystal Lee, DO'24, planning committee member
    • Joshua Modrick, DO'23, planning committee member
    • Andrew Philipose, DO'23, planning committee member
    • Anthony Plagge, DO'24, planning committee member
    • Sheila Rees, RN, speaker
    • Justin Sachs, DO'23, planning committee member
    • Lexy Wadsworth, DO'24, planning committee member

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have the following conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose:

    • Brian C. Cooper, MD, FACOG, speaker, has no financial relationships to disclose but does intend to discuss off-label use of a commercial product.


    The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
    • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 2.50 IBON


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