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Insights Into Cancer – October 9, 2012

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) and Cancer: Treatment and Survivorship

Presented by Jacqueline Casillas, MD, Herbert Eradat, MD, Kauser Ahmed, PhD & Thomas J. Pier, LCSW

About the Lecture

Herbert Eradat, MD, UCLA Assistant Professor of Medicine and medical oncologist/hematologist, Jacqueline Casillas, MD, UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, pediatric medical oncologist/hematologist and Associate Director UCLA LiveSTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence, Kauser Ahmed, PhD, staff psychologist and Thomas J. Pier, LCSW, oncology social worker Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology tackle the wide range of concerns of individuals diagnosed with cancer during the age range of 15-39 also known as adolescents and young adults with cancer or AYA’s. This four part presentation, panel and Q&A addresses issues such as biology of AYA cancers, history, and research as well as distinguishing important issues that are unique to the AYA population both during treatment through survivorship. Both medical and psychological issues as well a support options and resources are addressed. Both AYA’s and their families are encouraged to attend as topics such as treatment management, fertility, late effects, psychological distress, emotional support and research needs and actions are brought together by this team of experts working at the forefront of AYA and cancer.

About the Speakers

Herbert Eradat, MD, graduated from the University of Chicago Medical School and completed his internship and residency here at UCLA. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Eradat specializes in the treatment of lymphomas and leukemias.

Jacqueline Casillas, MD, graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director UCLA LiveSTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence and Director of the UCLA Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Program.

Kauser Ahmed, PhD, received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Denver.

Thomas J. Pier, LCSW, completed his MSW degree at New Mexico State University. Both Kauser and Tom provide psychosocial support to patients through the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology.

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