Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Symposium

Join the University of Iowa Health Care Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program team, cancer survivors, and their families for this free seminar. It will focus on the issues unique to AYA cancer patients, and UI Health Care’s solutions to those problems.

Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Location: Medical Education Research Facility (MERF)
Prem Sahai Auditorium
375 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242

The program will include presentations by medical experts, patients, and families as well as discussion sessions on these topics:

  • Advancements in AYA cancer treatment, including clinical trials
  • Maintaining a healthy relationship with family and friends, and establishing new peer relationships as a result of a cancer diagnosis
  • Keeping a confident and positive self-image along with other unique psychological and social needs while undergoing treatment
  • Survivorship transition and planning, including fertility and side-effect management

The event is free, but registration is requested.


Time Topic Speaker
10 a.m. Introduction to Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer

George Weiner, MD, Director Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

Yatin Vyas, MD, MBBS, Division Director Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Bill Terry, MD, MPH, Medical Director, AYA Cancer Program
10:50 a.m. Break  
11 a.m. Relationship to Cancer: Improving clinical care for patients

Varun Monga, MD, Co-director, AYA Cancer Program

Craig and Stacey Schroeder, AYA family

Lindsey Clifford, BSN, AYA Cancer Program Nurse Coordinator

Erin Mobley, MPH, PhD student
11:50 a.m. Lunch in the Atrium and a Clinical Trial Award Presentation in 1110 MERF  
1 p.m. Relationship to Others: Strategies to help patients, families, and peers connect despite the challenges of cancer. 

Kristi Foster, ARNP, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse

Noah Brown, AYA patient

Amanda Carlson, Marketing Specialist, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
1:50 p.m.


2 p.m. Relationship to Self: Addressing personal changes that may occur during a cancer journey.

Jill Kain, ARNP, Orthopedic Nurse

Andrea Koopman, RN, cancer survivor

John Werner, LMSW, Social Worker

Jen Adams, LMSW, Social Worker  
2:50 p.m. Break  
3 p.m. Relationship to Future: Ensuring a smooth transition to life after therapy.

Patty Schwickerath, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Habenicht, AYA patient

Justin Kahler, MHA

Cynthia West, LISW, Social Worker
4:30 p.m. Closing  


This program is intended to meet the requirements for 4.6 hours of social work continuing education credit in the area of assessment and treatment: interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration.

Participating nurses will be granted 0.58 CEUs (5.8 contact hours) by the UI Hospitals and Clinics department of nursing (IBN approved provider #34). Participants must attend the entire program to receive full credit. There is no fee for attendance of the symposium or for nursing CEU credits.

The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program combines the expertise of specialists at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center to focus on the unique needs of those individuals, ages 13 to 31, who have been diagnosed with sarcoma, leukemia and lymphoma, thyroid cancer, and neuroendocrine and neurological cancers.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please email or call 319-356-4264.