HealthForumOnline Authors and Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Publish Book on Reproductive Health and Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults

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HealthForumOnline, a nationally-approved provider of online continuing education (CE) for mental health professionals, is pleased to announce that Gwendolyn Quinn, Ph.D., and Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D., notable researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and authors of two HFO online CE courses, have a newly released book from Springer Press, Reproductive Health and Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults. This collaborative effort explores advances in reproductive health and fertility preservation options available to adolescent and young adult oncology patients, a growing focus as medical advances increase the likelihood of survivorship.

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This increase in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors has necessitated a critical examination of quality-of-life issues in survivorship, including fertility preservation and other reproductive health issues.

Gwendolyn Quinn, Ph.D., and Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D., recognized researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and authors of two HealthForumOnline continuing education (CE) courses, have a newly released book from Springer Press, Reproductive Health and Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults. In recent decades, advances in treatment, screening and early diagnosis of cancer have turned a historically fatal diagnosis for children and adolescents into a highly survivable disease, with an overall 80% survival rate in this segment of the cancer population. This increase in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors has necessitated a critical examination of quality-of-life issues in survivorship, including fertility preservation and other reproductive health issues. Further, as fertility preservation options have become available, the ethical guidelines of approaching AYA patients have evolved. Health care providers need information and guidance on how to integrate this critical quality-of-life issue into direct patient care.

In writing Reproductive Health and Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults, Drs. Quinn and Vadaparampil target the unique needs and issues faced by young adults fighting cancer during their reproductive years and help to guide providers and patients through this rough territory. This newly released book expands on the topic covered previously in their more compact online CE course Discussing Fertility Preservation with Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients: Implications for Quality of Life available at HealthForumOnline (HFO). Together, these materials are invaluable educational resources that review the impact of cancer on reproductive health and the options for maintaining reproductive health as a means of disseminating and raising awareness for these significant issues in patient care.

Noted cancer researchers, Drs. Quinn and Vadaparampil promote an integrated mind-body approach to cancer care, exploring and expanding ways to treat the whole patient. Their second online CE course for HFO entitled, The Psychosocial Needs of Women Undergoing Genetic Counseling and Testing for BRCA1/2, reviews the issues relevant to and interventions appropriate for patients in the genetic testing cancer context – from facilitating patient-based decisions through health implications for patient, as well as family, and appropriate communication.

For more information on Reproductive Health and Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults, the related online CE course Discussing Fertility Preservation with Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients: Implications for Quality of Life, or a complete listing of titles in HFO’s online CE resource library, visit HealthForumOnline.com.

HFO is an online provider of nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) continuing education for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied healthcare professionals.

HealthForumOnline’s online CE resource library has 19 categories of topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i.e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women’s health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality, LGBT issues). Psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied health professionals can now chose from over 80 courses available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Health professionals can log on and complete CE courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere they have Internet access – even generate their own CE certificate.

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