Fertility & Family Planning in Young Adult Cancer


The cost for this online course is $50. The estimated time to complete this course is 2 hours 30 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Once you register for the course, you will have 30 days from the date of enrollment to complete the course. The date your access expires will be indicated in the Course Summary box on this webpage.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Educational Need

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.

Course Modules

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.

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
Brian C. Cooper, MD, FACOG

  • 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.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Recording date: May 5, 2021
Date of original release: May 21, 2021
Most recent review/update: May 21, 2021
Termination date: May 20, 2024

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 2­B
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 2.50 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • 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 enduring materials activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim 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 activity for a maximum of 2.5 AOA Category 2-B 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 activity has been reviewed and approved for 2.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and 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 ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Andy Allred, speaker
  • Courtney Allred, PA-S, speaker
  • Heidi Bardsley, LCSW, speaker

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have a conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. All financial relationships have been mitigated by the accredited provider.

  • 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 2­B
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 2.50 IBON


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