Katie Miller Young Adult Cancer Conference: Mental Health and Survivorship
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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles
More than 60,000 young adults aged 20 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. About 4% 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.
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. Learn the importance of early detection of cancer in young adults, along with its treatments. 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.
Des Moines University students, staff, and faculty, physicians, nurses, social workers, other medical professionals, healthcare community, and families who have been affected by young adult cancer.
|5:30 pm||Registration and Dinner|
Keynote Address: Getting to the Heart of Young Adult Cancer
Heather Soyer, PsyD
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 in turn 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 the intricacies of ancient Latin and Greek, which led her to intensive summer language studies in classics at the University of California-Berkeley and study 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, to reflect on our own or loved ones cancer experience, and to find hope that tomorrow holds the promise of a cancer-free world.
If you are interested in honoring a loved one, you are able to purchase a survivor or in memory of poster for $10 (covers the cost of printing). The posters will be displayed at the conference.
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Heather Soyer, PsyD, is a psychologist with Blank Children's Psychological Services. She specializes in the treatment of psychological issues in children, adolescents, and families coping with cancer and other blood disorders. She has been involved in clinical research evaluating the psychosocial functioning and health related quality of life of adolescents and young adults with cancer and other blood disorders.
Dr. Soyer earned her degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2009 after completing her internship at the UCLA Semel Institute of Neurosciences and Behavior specializing in pediatric psychology and child and adolescent mental health. She completed a fellowship in pediatric psycho-oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin where she provided inpatient and outpatient clinical services to pediatric oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients and their families.
- Jordan Little, DO'22, Osteopathic Medical Student and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Survivor
- Carina Little, Jordan's Mother
- Jeritt Tucker, PhD, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Des Moines University and Clinical Psychologist, Cancer Resource Center, Mary Greeley Medical Center
- Ann Benetti, RN, CHPN, OCN, Nurse Navigator, John Stoddard Cancer Center
Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.
Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT
- 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.
Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also 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. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME 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.
- 2.50 AOA Category 2A
- 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 2.50 IBON
- 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)